A dad recently came up with an amazing idea for kids in the hospital. He designed bed sheets that double as board games so kids can play while they are in bed. It's an ingenius idea that makes it play time anywhere you are, even if it's one of the scariest places in the world to be. Sheets have games like tic tac toe, checkers, word finds and more. His company, Playtime Edventures, comes with over 50 different available games. They also donate a set for every set purchased!
We usually discuss party games on the blog, whether they're serious or funny, but lots of educational games double as party games, too. Concept, for example, can be really challenging and fun, but it also helps you learn to think critically and dissect information. I'm of the opinion that any game can be educational, but I also think that any experience can also be eductional! If you're learning, doesn't it qualify?
Animated TED Talks (and other animated lessons, really) are some of my favorite ways to learn things, and this Brief History of Video Games (part 1) is very interesting if you're a gamer or have ever enjoyed playing games from any period in time. Not only does Medium Invader (from Space Invaders) narrate the tale, but the video also discusses the various uses of video games throughout history.
Gameschooling is the process of using games to teach. Simple enough, right? Many of the gameschoolers I know, from parents who teach at home to teachers who utilize games in the classroom, say that it engages students much better than many traditional teaching methods and helps them retain information longer. There are so many cool games developed for gameschooling that it's no wonder that it's gaining popularity.
If you have or know a tween, you know what a difficult period it is for him or her. Some days, the tween may feel very grown up and “over” things that they consider “baby stuff,” and other days, they may just want to snuggle with a stuffed animal or still play pretend. It’s a growth period, to say the least, but it can be difficult to find good games for tweens that will work on most days of the week!