Learning and development benefits
A great source to develop early learning skills for younger children
Studies have shown that certain games can help younger children improve early reading skills with the support of parents and teachers. Games like ‘Times Table Rock Stars‘ that is used in primary schools and pre-school apps like ‘Endless Alphabet‘ can be great tools to help children learn in a more engaging way. Also, with the growth of connected toys, children can experience physical play while playing on devices. Educational toys like Osmo combines tactile play pieces with a device’s camera to bring to the in-play action to life.
Enhances memory, brain’s speed, and concentration
Games that are immersive and require strategy and problem-solving skills to win, require players to remember and take in a lot of information. Regularly playing these types of games can help improve children’s short and long-term memory and help the brain process information quicker.
Also, games capture players’ imagination helping them to stay focused on certain tasks and builds their perseverance to achieve a goal.
Improved multi-tasking skills
Games that require players to find items while fighting off other opponents call for attention to detail and quick reactions. Studies have shown that playing these types of games can help children develop their multi-tasking skills.
Build skills for future careers
The more complex multiplayer games help teach players how to be strategic, analytical to assess risk and reward and call for them to react quickly to changes in the game. All these skills that they use can be transferable to real-world jobs that rely on problem-solving, analytical skills and strategic thinking.
Offer a new way to understand culture and perspectives
As games allow children to immerse themselves in virtual worlds and at times connect to people from around the world, it can be a great way for them to learn about different perspectives and cultures.
Physical and social benefits
Group play provides social benefits
Whether children are playing multiplayer games with friends or using apps like ‘Heads up’ with the family in the living room, these types of games can help nurture relationships through shared moments and improve their social skills. For some who children who may have disabilities, it can be a way for them to social and make friends if they are restricted.