Educational games are games that have been specifically designed to teach people on a certain concept or subject, help healthy physical and or mental development, understand an historical event or culture, or assist them in acquiring knowledge and learning a skill as they play.
Simulation or video games have been used for security training. Some driving schools use driving simulators in the stage before going out on the road. Medical simulations help doctors learn about what they are doing without risking someone’s life. In addition, there are lots of interesting educational games for kids on coloring, grammar, words & puzzles, math, physics, chemistry, sports etc.
Some strategic games improve kids’ IQ by improving their ability and efficiency of their brain involving logic ability by improving problem-solving skills and puzzles improve players’ memory because it needs to memorize maps, passwords, codes or facts in order to progress through the game.
Games are a powerful medium, which can influence kids; we should make it have a good influence. Moderation is the key, not obsession. Some in moderation can be healthy; however overindulgence can lead to social isolation, depression, obesity or weight loss and family problems. Parents’ guidance is the key, so make the effort get involved with kids’ play and monitor them, help them to take the balance in life, do their main job, which is studying and getting good grades and stay involved socially.
I found an interesting website on educational games, which is the Official Web Site of the Nobel Foundation. There are some games and simulations, based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements, which can teach and inspire kids while having fun! Parents and kids may enjoy testing and building their knowledge in physics, chemistry, physiology, medicine, literature, peace and economics. So, have a try with kids together.