Computers are useful things. They are practical tools for everyday use. They are also great for playing games. There is absolutely no reason why you can’t have fun and help your kids learn something too.
The Jumpstart software collection has been around for years. Constantly being updated, these games help kids improve their skills in reading and math. They start at the their age level and work their way up. It is a great way to help give your kids an edge in learning.
Adventure games like Dora the explorer, Where in the World is Carmen San Diego and even Nancy Drew help develop your child’s deductive reasoning as well their memory retention. They have fun figuring out who did it while the goal is to get to the next level.
Trying to teach your kids about responsibility? The SIMS is a great game to teach them that. Spark their creativity by letting them design the look of their home and furnish their own places. Everyone wants to have somewhere to call their own. They also learn how to interact in a safe practice environment.
If you are willing to let them go online, with the supervision of either mom or dad of course, there are many great sites to go. Neopets.com is a favorite for family fun. Each member of the family can have a pet and everyone can take turns playing and rooting for each other. The pets need to be fed and cared for as well; which is a good way to teach your kids responsibility without the mess an actual pet makes. Plus, the neopoints you earn are the equivalent of money here. You can buy things for your pet or save it in the bank. It is definitely a fun place to start.
Originally posted on July 9, 2006 @ 8:58 pm