There is no surprise in the fact that children love to play games. The modern age children are super tech-savvy. Easy access to devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, makes games an integral part of their leisure time. Be it a mobile application, a web-based or PC game, the children are interested in them all.
Appropriate leisure time games can actually inculcate vital life skills, supplement classroom learning and teach a multitude of things to our kids. Playing the right kind of games for the age group and mental aptitude level enhances a child’s skill set and accelerates the learning process for them. The impact of games on cognitive development (spatial formation, memory development, strategic thinking, etc) has never been in question. Furthermore, playing games not only boosts their reflexes but also aids in learning problem-solving skills, boosts creativity and develops a sense of independence in them.
Another important reason to let your child indulge in games is Neuroplasticity.
Remember the first time you went to the gym? The intensive workout? You felt sore the next day, right? But over time, the muscles developed and became stronger. The brain is also a muscle and works in a similar manner. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets. The more you learn, the better you get at learning. The brain can adapt at any age. It is flexible like elastic, and only needs inputs from your end in-order to develop. Research shows that the children who play games are more likely to develop new brain cells, which means – their brain will develop faster than that of their peers.
However, this is not only relevant to video games. You can apply this learning trajectory to games for toddlers and elementary school children. There are applications for mathematics or language learning which you can use to observe how your child is getting better at Arithmetic or English Reasoning while enjoying. Modern games have gone from being perennial time-wasters to mental aptitude developers. Now it is essential for you, as a parent, to find a balance between playing and using the games for skill development. After all, too much of a good thing is also harmful.
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