Everybody plays games.  Whether you’re a backgammon bandit or a Monopoly master, there’s more than just fun afoot when you roll the dice.  Studies have shown that game play has a variety of learning benefits.   Teachthought.com offers the following advantages to gaming activities: 

1. Increase a Child’s Memory Capacity

Games often revolve around the utilization of memorization.   Many popular games require children to remember certain aspects in order to solve the game, memorize critical sequences, or track narrative elements.

2. Help With Fast Strategic Thinking & Problem-Solving

Most games require children to think quickly. Moreover, they have to utilize their logic in order to think three steps ahead in order to solve problems and complete levels. This is great because it is something which helps children in later life as they develop their logic, their accuracy and their ability to think on their feet and outside of the box.

3. Develop Hand-Eye Coordination

Games that require children to use a gamepad or a keyboard and the mouse to operate the games can help develop hand-eye coordination. Not only does this get them more tuned to how a computer works, but it also helps to develop hand-eye coordination because children have to look at the action on the screen whilst using their hands to control what is happening at the same time.

4. Beneficial Specifically For Children With Attention Disorders

Research has revealed that online games can actually help children who experience attention disorders. This was concluded by a professor at Nottingham University (CNN covered it here), and is a notion which has been repeated by many in related studies.

5. Skill-Building (e.g. map reading)

A lot of games contain certain aspects which help children with specific skills. For example, a lot of mystery and adventure games contain maps which children will have to read. This obviously helps their map reading skills and practical thinking. Moreover, there are games, such as football management games, which introduce children to managing finances and general project management.

Looking for a great game?  We highly recommend visiting Harrison’s Comics and Pop Culture in Salem, MA.  Guard Up will be there this Friday (4/12) from 3-6 PM.  Come on in and see everything they have to offer as well as learning about our Zombie Summer Camp and Wizards & Warriors Camp located at Salem State University.