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5 Skills Young Children Develop from Video Games

 

5 Skills Young Children Develop from Video Games

 

When I was a child, I was jealous of my cousin who had a Nintendo video game system.  It was so much fun to play, but my parents wouldn’t buy one.  My husband, however, grew up with video games.  After we married, he told me that he wanted to make sure our kids have access to technology and video games just as he had.  I couldn’t really understand the reason why, but now as a parent of young children, I can see how video games can serve educational value and encourage the development of new skills in a fun way!

 

Math Skills

Several games require the player to earn coins or points to move forward in some way, whether that is to level up or to purchase additional characters or items in the game.  This teaches basic math skills to my sons, helping them also learn to save up when necessary. 

 

Reading and Language

Instructions and character dialogue teach language skills and reading skills.  My 5 year old, has learned to read simple commands on the screen to complete a task or mission.  My 7 year old can read specific instructions on the screen to the point that he rarely needs our assistance.  They have also have developed a greater communication with each other.

 

Teamwork and Collaboration

Have you seen young brothers work together and follow each others instructions without a problem or fighting?  I have, and it is amazing to watch them work together!  Many of the “missions” in their games require them to work together closely and complete certain tasks at the same time in order to progress.  It took them a little while to figure it out but they have learned that teamwork is the best way to get something done.

 

Map Reading and Navigation Skills

Most games will have some sort of map to see where to go next or where another player is. My 5 year old has learned to navigate and compare his movement from that on the screen to the small map.  They can find each other across New York City in LEGO Marvel Superheroes and it is absolutely amazing to see these skills at work at such a young age!

 

Hand-Eye Coordination

You might think it is easy to press a button and move around on the screen but for a young child, it can improve their hand-eye coordination drastically!  Button configuration varies per game so the memorization and ability to press the buttons automatically takes patience and practice.

 

These skills can and will still be learned elsewhere, but I love seeing my children learn together while not even realizing it.  It will always be a controversial topic on the amount of screen time children should have, whether they should play video games, etc, but I believe that there are definitely benefits.  Check out these kid-friendly video games and see what you think!

Kid Friendly Video Games

Our favorite kid-friendly video games (ages 5+)

 

Problem Solving Games

LEGO Marvel Superheroes 
LEGO City Undercover 
LEGO Star Wars 
LEGO Harry Potter
LEGO Jurassic World
LEGO The LEGO Movie
LEGO The LEGO Movie

 

Building / Creation Inspiring Games

Minecraft
LEGO Worlds

 

Exercise and Movement Games

Just Dance (Kid and Disney versions available)
Wii Sports

 

Racing Games

Cars 3: Driven to Win
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Track Mania Turbo

 

Also, read about 5 reasons I let my 5 year old play video games!

LEGO Batman Sets for 2017 (and upcoming movie!)

So excited for The LEGO Batman Movie - coming February 10th... but the LEGO sets are already available! I don’t know about you but I’m pretty excited for The LEGO Batman Movie, coming February 10! It will be Alex and Evan’s second ever movie theater experience. They can hardly wait!  My husband and I introduced them to The LEGO Movie and their first LEGO sets in 2014.  Now at ages 4 and 5, they create impressive buildings and vehicles, and even follow instructions on their own! 

Here are the new The LEGO Batman Movie sets in order of lowest price to highest price (prices and availability may vary)  

We already have set #3 and I can’t wait to check out the rest! 

  1. Minifigure Mystery Bags – 20 different characters!
  2. The Joker Balloon Escape
  3. Mr. Freeze Ice Attack
  4. Catwoman Catcycle Chase
  5. Scarecrow Special Delivery
  6. The Riddler Riddle Racer
  7. The Penguin Arctic Roller
  8. Clayface Splat Attack
  9. The Joker Notorious Rider
  10. The Batmobile
  11. Killer Croc Tail-Gator
  12. The Scuttler
  13. Batcave Break-In
  14. Arkham Asylum

 

So excited for The LEGO Batman Movie - coming February 10th... but the LEGO sets are already available!

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