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Educational Games Help Build Kids' Brains Through Play

Help the kids in your class or preschool blossom with a collection of educational games. With options ranging from basic, soft-sided blocks to more advanced mental challenges involving multiplication and division, there are options to suit children of all ages. Naturally create learning opportunities that you can feel good about by adding these options to your collection of kid-ready activities.

Develop Spaitial Awareness With Building Activities

Help youngsters develop a better sense of the physical world around them by encouraging spatial awareness activities. Start with simple blocks, introducing them to the toddlers in your daycare center or early learning school as early as possible. Not only does block manipulation and tower building keep younger children occupied, it helps them start to understand how objects in space interact with each other. Provide a similar challenge for the older kids you work with by placing marble mazes and structure sets among the toys from which they can select.

Promote Problem Solving Using Brain Teasers

Encourage critical thinking by adding brain building games to your toy offerings. Start by offering simple memory games to your toddlers and preschoolers. Advance on to word finds as you start to work with the children on recognizing letters and reading. Take your brain building efforts on the go as well. Purchase some picture puzzles and brain teasers to keep in the school van or bus to silence frustrating cries of "I'm bored."

Provide a Head Start With Skills-Based Activities

Offer children another opportunity to practice the skills they're struggling with by outfitting your playroom or classroom with skill-based activities. If timed multiplication tests are giving your little learners the blues, add an electronic game that quizzes them on these facts to your collection of learning tools. Is English a problem? Build students' vocabularies and understanding of this subject with vocabulary puzzles and activities on topics ranging from author's purpose to setting. Because these activities are in the form of a game and not an oh-so-boring typical lesson, kids are more willing to participate without the moans and groans that often accompany forced instruction.

Challenge Children With Strategy Games

Help children build their problem solving skills with strategy games. Just as with brain building activities, the more the youngsters in your school or center practice these skills, the better they'll become at using them in real life. Go old school with classic board games that teach these simple skills. Be sure to select games that fit your learners' interests. For example, if the boys in your class are constantly playing with toy cars, buy a board game featuring automobiles to entice them to play. Along with building important skills, these games provide a wonderful opportunity for kids to work together and cooperate — something with which all children can use more practice.