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Educational computer games?

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Xymox Tue 23-Jan-18 18:54:26

Our family doesn't support an idea of getting gadgets for children in really small age, however we heard a lot about special educational virtual games and we want to try them too for our grandson. He's a bit hard for teaching, just not very interested in process and we're looking for new methods for increasing his motivation.
So anybody tried them? Are they really good and which ones can you recommend?

PamelaJ1 Tue 23-Jan-18 19:03:42

Don’t know about educational but my grandson loved the peppa pig ones.
There are some jigsaw ones that he liked and the cbbees site is good.
They are all ‘nice’.

Marydoll Tue 23-Jan-18 19:46:47

Xymox
You don't say how old your grandson is. I think the younger the better to teach children technology. When we first established our school ICT suite many years ago, I audited parents' and pupils' skills. Very few pupils and parents even knew how to switch on a PC or use a mouse. By the time I retired, many 5 year olds came to school, very proficient, if not skilled. We had 10 year olds building websites and even younger children making short animated films and putting them on You Tube.
However, I do believe that childrens' use of technology should be monitored and limited to a set amount daily. Teaching internet safety from a young age is also soimportant.
However, children still need to learn how to do practical tasks, play, socialise and interact with other people. It is so easy to become addicted.
When I taught technologies to early years children, I found this a useful site to use with children who were not motivated.
www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

Other sites you could try are:
www.nickjr.co.uk
www.primarygames.com
www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies

Good luck!

Mania Wed 24-Jan-18 10:27:21

How old is your son? And with which skills do you face troubles? If he's really small, maybe it's better to wait for some time with learning, children are different and they develop with various speed and that's ok. Besides in case of reading their time for learning is between 3 and 7 years so anyway you'll have enough time for this smile
I agree with previous response, there's nothing bad in using gadgets from small age because nowadays technology became a very important part of our life and having for example skills of using computer is necessary for children too. But all these things should be always controlled by parents, if a child spends all time with a tablet, it's a very bad sign for his general development. Internet safety is very important too, however I don't think that it'll be necessary at least till 7-8 years.
And yeah, there are many special teaching games now for developing almost all necessary skills. For what specific subject do you need them?
If it's math, I can recommend Daisy Petals, Puzzle Hex and 12 Many. If it's reading and learning alphabet, than such games as Alphabet Space Photoshoot, CuzCuz Fire, Floyd Breakdance and Zebrainy ABC Wonderlands zebrainy.com/ .
There are really so many of them, just try to search through net for a specific type smile

Kittycat Fri 26-Jan-18 16:59:02

My son -now 23-has Aspergers Syndrome and we found that playing games on the computer helped him to learn a lot more than he would have done with just books and lessons. Right at the start it encouraged him to play with Lego which helped with other skills. There are so many good games out there now the worlds his oyster! Oh and they helped him get 7 GCSE s inc B in maths, when school said he couldn't do it.

Marydoll Fri 26-Jan-18 22:49:28

Kittylester , as a former teacher I love to hear news like that.

Marydoll Fri 26-Jan-18 22:56:44

Sorry, predictive text.😚

Marydoll Fri 26-Jan-18 22:57:02

Kittycat

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GrannyGravy13 Mon 29-Oct-18 09:55:10

All our C had "educational" games on computers back in the day!!

All our GC have had access to their parents and our smartphones since they were tiny.

They now have their own age appropriate tablets, with strict parental control. The apps and games they have are very educational, they enjoy them and half the time do not realise they are learning. Technology is the way forward and needs to be embraced.

I would add that the younger ones still get read to, the older ones have bookshelves in their rooms and read at bedtimes.

Monica1960 Tue 30-Oct-18 11:38:33

I signed my grandsons up for ABCMouse.com - they love all the different educational aspects of the website. They are 4 and 3 and already very very good with the computer and iphone.