These days, kids and technology seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. Kids are able to understand and work with everything from cellphones to computers at an increasingly younger age. Many of you know exactly what I’m talking about as you have little ones who are eager to curl up with your smart phone and explore your latest apps.
While we offer a collection of Kids games for download, we thought we would look and see which of those games are the best candidates for young kids who may not be ready for more complex game mechanics. These games, while appropriate for young gamers, still likely require a little assistance – especially for kids under the age of three.
Incidentally, there is an increasing amount of research centered on the effects of games on kids. Most of it isn’t centered on young children, but much of it has highlighted the following:
- Games give kids a non-threatening way to engage with and learn about technology thus helping prepare them for a highly technical world.
- Games offer a distraction for children who are in physical pain and discomfort. Hospitals have started utilizing games as a new approach to pain management.
- Video games and computer games are known to improve hand-eye co-ordination and assist with rehabilitation of fine motor skills.
- Games induce decision making and teach players to think quickly and utilize the OODA Loop for decision making.
- Multiplayer games – especially those with real-time chat – foster teamwork and hone social skills
- Many games improve language skills by asking players to find various items and showing the name on the screen
- Many games are based on factual world history, city governance, and complicated machinery teaching children about life in the world
Without further adieu, here are five games that are great for young kids to play. Happy gaming!
Dora the Explorer
Join Dora, Boots, Swiper, Diego, and a host of other characters in our collection of Dora Games. Kids can learn about colors, animals, numbers, and letters in a number of different gaming situations that include matching, identification, and a host of other mini-games. As the game progresses players can unlock printable color book pages for more creative fun!
Bob the Builder
If you’re ready to hit the construction site, Bob the Builder: Can Do Carnival offers loads of fun and educational game play. Kids will be asked to identify varying shapes, sizes, colors, and quantities. Success unlocks stickers for lucky kids!
Jump in the FlyBoat and ride along with Linny the Guinea Pig, Tuck the Turtle, Ming-Ming the Duckling as the Wonder Pets set out to save a locate a lab in Wonder Pets Save the Puppy. Kids will work through color recognition, pattern matching, timing exercises, and other fun activities.
Explore grasslands, the ocean, woodlands, rainforests, or the arctic as you play matching games, identification games, and race around mazes trying to avoid speedy predators. Animal Genius offers wonderful, detailed images to help kids learn about animals from around the world.
Take a trip down under Bikini Atoll for some gaming fun with SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Mr. Krabs, and the rest of the Bikini Bottom gang in our collection of SpongeBob Games. Some of these games offer more complex gaming mechanics and may require a little help from Mom or Dad, but the characters and the game mechanics make for great family fun.