Gaining knowledge through games
It is hard to make kids, and especially teens, learn about their surroundings and the world. However, if we pack the learning process into something fun, they might get interested enough to actually learn on their own, while having fun. Worse than learning is the fact that there are tests waiting to assess knowledge, and teens will have an aversion for such activities; however, it is possible to introduce fun games which will accurately measure their attained knowledge.
Going online for help
Since the birth of Internet we are able to find an overabundance of useful links and sites that can help out with almost anything. Together with your teen, you can find interesting quizzes to assess any type of knowledge so that you can see how they are developing. Moreover, these quizzes can be playful and educational at the same time, so it will enable for kids to learn something as well.
On the other hand, it is possible to find online games and apps as well, which will be of great help to assess knowledge and to help with the learning process. Furthermore, some quizzes will require a level of activity, which means that kids can come back and get educated while going for achievements. Not only will it be fun for kids and teens, but the apps will make sure that their interest is piqued. Just remember to limit online activity time so that they do not get addicted.
Games with an educational notion
You can find many games that have an educational background notion and which will be liked by most kids and teens. Certain board games will require a good understanding of strategy, math or even general knowledge. However, there are also games and so-called big boys toys that can be used for more practising purposes. Great example is Animals Magnetic World Map. Color coded continents with small animal magnets you have to put not only on right continent, but you have to place animals in their respective countries. Would you know correct answers? 🙂
Because of the fun nature of board games, and even computer games, it will encourage your kids and teens to actually learn while having fun. On the other hand, they will be happy to research on their own and to see what they can dig up.
Theory vs. practice
While it is important to have sufficient knowledge about something, it is equally important to have practical knowledge as well, which is why it is possible to use games which include sets for experimenting. There are variety of chemistry experimental kits on the market which are not only used for fun but for real experimental purposes and learning. But, if you don’t want to buy those already prepared kits, you can find alternatives online. Bear in mind that you have to provide necessary precaution, follow all proper procedures and use right safety equipment to avoid possible injuries. This also applies to physics. There are a number of experiments online that can test or improve your child’s knowledge and understanding of the world around us.
If you want to check history knowledge, go to a local museum or plan mini excursion and ask your child to be your guide. Give him/her time to prepare and you will see that if he had not already know something, field trip will help him learn it.
By allowing teens to do research and testing on their own, they will be able to absorb more knowledge. And at the very least, they will be more interested in the subject; which can help them perform better at assessments, and better understanding of different subjects.
Melissa Stevens is healthy lifestyle and environmentally friendly living enthusiast. She likes writing eco-friendly, parenting and DIY articles. Mother of one cute boy, vegetarian for years, and in her spare time she is engaged in crafting, housekeeping, organizing family life and travel.