Monday, March 24, 2014

What are the best intellectually developing games for kids?

The formative years of a child’s life are hugely important. With their brains in a sponge-like state there is so much they can learn, and much of what is absorbed will be remembered for the rest of their lives.

Games actually represent some of the best educational tools around with regards to developing the cognitive power of your child’s brain. Even better, your child won't even realise that he or she is learning. Here are some of the best:


 Best intellectually developing games for kids
Since its inception in 1903, Monopoly has gone on to become the Daddy of all board games. As an educational tool, it has an unbelievable amount of perks. Firstly, by using streets and areas of London your child is actually having a brief geography lesson. With money being pivotal to the game, a session should increase your child’s awareness of how to use cash sensibly, and the use of dice means that your child will be improving his or her basic arithmetic skills. Playing Monopoly is a great way to bring the family together and a great tool for strengthening the left-hand side of the brain.

Maxi Blocks:

Kids Games: Maxi Blocks
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Much like Lego but larger (meaning that there is little chance of accidental swallowing), Maxi Blocks are brilliant for children. Available from Argos and other high street stores they are easy to find. My voucher codes currently have offers applying to Argos, meaning that the blocks are cheaper than ever before. With building blocks, you are developing the right-hand side of your child’s brain (the creative side). Building blocks are a very easy toy for your child to come to grips with and one that can see their creative side flourish. You need to provide suitable balance to your child’s learning; you do not want to go too left-heavy as that could prove to be detrimental. Maxi Blocks therefore provide the perfect tonic.


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The simple, age old game of Battleships has kept many a child amused since the 1930s. Playing on a 10x10 grid, the aim of the game is to sink your opponent’s five ships. The game incorporates guesswork as you try to hit your enemy ships, but once you have struck, logic takes precedent. Trying to explain logic to your child is pretty difficult but through Battleships your child can learn the concept naturally as they work out where to fire next. Like Monopoly, Battleships is very good for increasing the power of the left-hand side of the brain.

Card Games:

What are the best intellectually developing games for kids?
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The ultimate entertainment for a wet afternoon, card games are brilliant. There are numerous different games, all of which have their own benefits. Blackjack, or 21, is a great tool to strengthen your child’s mathematical skills, as they have to add cards together until they reach 21. Games such as Top Trumps require logic and tactics. If your child can familiarise themselves with tactics early on then they can easily beat an adult! Cards can teach your child how to read people and deceive people, strengthening the right hand side of the brain as well as the left. Games such as Top Trumps are beneficial for the literacy skills of your child, as all the cards come with facts that your child needs to read. There are endless skills that your child can pick up from cards.

The market is full of toys that serve an educational purpose. They are a fun and interactive way to teach your child and one that should be fully explored.


nici said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

These games are great educational tools. A fun way to learn!

Janet W. said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm a retired teacher and I remember the boys especially loving to play battleship! I love playing Monopoly. It's so fun!

VickeC said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

my grandsons and I love to play Monopoly,,we will play for hours,,I have them count their own money and they do really well,,and adding skills are improving

RICHARD HICKS said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I remember playing several of these. They are very stimulating and good for thekids!

CindyWindy2003 said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great game suggestions, and they really do teach kids while having fun. we also play a card word game called Quiddler and its a lot of fun.

Deanna Watson said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I would play Monopoly with my brothers when I was younger, but we never finished the game. We would also play cards with my mom. Great family memories.

Jennifer Speed said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love Monopoly it taught me how to count money when I was little. Battleship was always fun to play even though my ships would always get sunk...

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