The last few decades have witnessed the growing ubiquity of technology, especially computers. While workplaces have come to rely almost entirely on technology, computers and other gadgets have also found their way into our leisure and entertainment time, and particularly that of young kids. Most kids nowadays own some kind of gaming console – Xbox, Wii, Nintendo DS, etc. Received wisdom loves to blame online gaming for sapping the creative juices of Generation Z and turning it into a bunch of mindless zombies.
But far from ruining your child’s social, physical and mental growth, online kids’ games have a number of benefits to offer. A growing body of research says that kids who play online educational games tend to be more creative, regardless of whether the game is explicitly educational or not. In fact, after spending a few hours in the make-believe world of online gaming, most gamers improve their drawing, problem-solving and creative writing skills. Educational games online boost kids’ creativity by expanding their knowledge and helping them come up with new ideas to build upon.
Which Educational Games will boost your Child’s Creativity?
To be honest, not all online games are beneficial for kids – battle-based or racing games may not have positive effects on some kids. However, there are some educational games that effectively help to develop your child’s mind and creativity.
- Business simulation games
Kids playing tycoon games (a.k.a. business simulation games), for instance, learn about a number of construction and management scenarios that hold true in the real world. In addition to learning about economics, your child also gets a chance to bring his own creative ideas to life and earn points for developing a successful business model. Sparking off this creativity at an impressionable age pays off when he comes up with creative ideas in the workplace as an adult.
- Open world games
Also known as ‘sandbox’ games or ‘free roaming games’, these are boundary-less worlds where players can roam freely and exercise a considerable amount of freedom in achieving the goals of the game. Players also possess the tools to make changes in this virtual world and are encumbered by minimal character limitations. Unlike conventional educational games, players are allowed to pick their own tasks and have full access to the game world from beginning to end. Gamers are thus able to give free rein to their creativity.
Educational games have proven benefits as far as boosting kids’ creativity is concerned and they need to be viewed as more than a form of simple recreation.