Games as Simple as Bouncing a Ball

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by Patrice on March 28, 2011 · 2 comments

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Give a couple of kids a ball and they will soon be engrossed in a game. You may not recognize the game because it’s possible that the game has just been invented based on the imagination and abilities of the children involved. Many of the games are very intricate with complicated steps of progression, while others are as simple as how many times the ball can be bounced without a miss. A ball offers the single mom an inexpensive way to keep her kids happy and active.

In the constant search for games and activities to keep our kids active and learning, we often forget how important imagination is to the learning development of our children. In our quest to find the best rated educational games that will teach them skills without them even knowing it, we ignore the benefits of letting them explore the boundaries of their imaginations. Strategic planning, dexterity, physical skills and even math and social skills can all be honed when kids get together and make up their own games with material they have at hand.

Kids spend a lot of time in front of the computer playing games that teach. Most homes have a video game console in addition to the computer. The games teach strategy as well as hone other skills.

Shelves in the home are stacked with games of all types for the family game night and should not be abandoned. In addition to the skills they are created to build, a family game night also brings the family together for necessary quality time.

But the single mom should remember that not all games that teach have to be crafted to a specific market. Learning experiences can be found in every situation. An active imagination can teach a child as well as a game that costs $40.00.

For a real educational gaming experience, give the kids a ball or some empty boxes and stand back as they create their own educational fun.

 

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.


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Angie March 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I play lots of games with balls with my preschoolers. I have 12 in my group so we sit in a circle and I throw the ball to one and ask a question and then they throw it back. Or they get to throw it to a friend and ask a question. It is a great way for them to talk and gain some large motor skills at the same time.

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Savannah March 31, 2011 at 8:15 am

That’s a great way to combine physical exercise with some academics!

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