I want my children to be educated, be knowledgeable and be intelligent. At a young age, my kids may not full comprehend the importance of a well versed vocabulary or the importance of strategic thinking, but I do. Still, kids would rather play and have fun versus sit at a table and study all day. I sincerely doubt that many people, kids or adults, would prefer work over play.
Knowing these feelings well, I often look for games that promote learning while the kids are having fun. The characteristics that I look for in a game is that the concept should be challenging and the kids don’t see the game as a learning event. One company that offers many games that fit my criteria is Educational Insights.
Educational Insights is a leading manufacturer of learning toys. For over 50 years, this company has been a source for parents and educators to make learning fun.
Right now we have two games that are very popular with my kids, KaBAM! and Nowhere to Go. These two games are very different but both have great learning potential.
KaBAM is word building challenge game. Players can play as individuals or as teams. Each player draws two cards. Each card features word parts including suffixes, prefixes, single vowels, consonants and diphthongs. The first player to create a word using the two cards wins the round.
This game allows the players to be creative yet it adapts to their knowledge level. Younger children can use just the beginning letters while teams or adults can play the game as intended. What I really like about this game is that it can grow with your children. As their vocabulary improves, there are more words that they can create. From playing first word made to number of words known, there are multiple ways to play.
KaBAM is available for purchase at Educational Insights. It retails for $12.99. It has been named the 2011 Parents Choice Award and a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.
The other new game in our house is Nowhere to Go. It is a strategy game by Educational Insights. Two players battle to see how you can trap your opponent into no more moves. The object is to use your blocks to eliminate any possible moves over the bridges.
The game board is an unique hexagonal game board. Each player moves their space across the board. After his move, he places a block. The game continues until a player can longer move over a bridge.
What I like about this game is that the process promotes a discussion on strategy. First my kids would just move aimless around the board and place blocks around the edges. There was no thought about what they were trying to accomplish or the potential outcome of what their blocks meant. As they got better at the game, we were able to see patterns and possibilities in each block placement.
Nowhere to Go can be purchase for $19.99.
Are you ready to combine fun and education? Check out these games and many more by Educational Insights today.