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Are video games healthy for kids? This is one question that educational specialists have had to answer many times over the last few decades. A study by MIT researchers shows that an average 8th-grade boy plays video games for 23 hours a week while an average 8th-grade girl plays for 12 hours a week. Teachers and educators now appreciate the importance of video games in learning and have integrated these tools in the teaching process.

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There’s no denying the crucial role education video games play. This article explores some benefits of educational video games and highlights some kid-friendly games parents and teachers should consider. Read on.

Role of Educational Video Games

Video games play an important role in education. Some educational video games such as Legend of Zelda inspire interest in history and culture. These games also improve coordination, problem-solving skills, enhances memory, improve attention and concentration and enhance multitasking skill. The best educational video games also boost the learning process enabling teachers to impart skills faster.

Great Kids-Friendly Educational Games

1. Big Brain Academy

This is a game available on Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS. It is a game that challenges kids to solve problems falling into five categories; memory, math, identify, think, and analyze. Kids can practice alone or compete with their friends.

As the player continues solving the problems, the game will evaluate their probable brain mass or weight and give the results to the player as a form of motivation. Kids will keep practising to get better and improve their brain mass and this feature makes this one of the greatest kid-friendly game out there.

2. Reader Rabbit

Reader Rabbit and his friends will help the player develop language, arts, science, and problem-solving and math skills. This happens through multiple mini-games for a variety of skill levels. For instance, Silly Sandwich Shop is a mini-game that teaches counting and money skills. Raingear Forest Math is another popular game for learning counting skills. Kids can also improve their spelling skills with Cheese Brick Spelling while Sparkle Shape Mining helps with recognizing shapes.

These games are available for different age groups and different level of skills. Players can choose from among Toddler, Pre-School, Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade versions and enjoy a wide range of learning activities to suit their level of learning. It is no wonder this game won the Parents' Choice Approved award in 2011.

3. LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet for Sony PlayStation 3 is another kid-friendly educational game that helps kids build their worlds. It is a great tool for developing problem-solving skills, developing logic, spatial orientation skills. Kids love Sackboy the crocheted hacky sack character who they can manipulate into anything they want. There are incremental levels of difficulty for problem-solving activities and challenges and for beginners, the training activities come in handy in understanding the game.

These are only a few of the kid-friendly educational games on the market. If you have a research paper on this topic and you have just searched “need my homework done” these game suggestions will start you off.

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