Looking to keep your children entertained whilst staying educated? We’ve picked out some of the best games for children ages 5-12 on both tablet and PC that not only offer creative problem solving and critical thinking, but engage them with content that’s fun!
Toca Kitchen 2
If your child is familiar with using a tablet, chances are they’ve already come across Toca Boca games. Their friendly games are a good mix of education and play, with Touch Kitchen too focussed on cooking. Children are challenged to make their own recipes and serve their creations on a bright cast of characters. The process helps children reflect on their explorations: Have them keep a log of what they create and describe their creative process. Kids can also work on their observation and data-collection skills. Which guests like which foods, and why? Add information about the guests’ reactions to each food in the log. Discuss why some foods need to be cooked, or why adding condiments or mixing certain foods makes them taste better.
Key Skills: Multi-taking, Analytical Skills, Cognitive Development
Lego Creator Islands
Is your child a Lego fan?
This is a fun, free building simulator game for boys and girls! The game takes place on the Lego Creator Islands, where children are to collect bricks in order to buy Lego sets that are constructed with a few taps. Whilst encouraging children to get creative, this game also challenges them to understand value through unlocking new bricks with their progression. This strategy game allows kids to tap into their creative instincts, by devising new ways to help the LEGO Creator Minifigures to live on an island that is constantly subject to natural and multi-player threats.
Key Skills: Creativity, Short-Term Memory Recall
Disney Crossy Road
Children who have played the original Crossy Road will love to see their favourite Disney characters come to life in this edition. Characters can be squished by cars, drowned, or attacked by enemies, but in a very cartoony, child friendly way. Children are required to think fast and put to use their eye-hand (finger) coordination as their character crosses rivers by jumping on lily pads and logs that are floating by and on train tracks when they’re not being used. If you wait too long to make a move, enemies swoop down to carry your character away!
Key Skills: Eye-hand (finger) coordination, Bi-lateral coordination
Duolingo has the world’s largest collection of language-learning data and offers lessons their adapt to your child’s learning style. Exercises are tailored to help them learn and review vocabulary effectively. Where children miss a challenge, they’ll be shown quickly how to improve.
Kids can choose from many languages — including Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, and French using a fun, game-style system that’s very encouraging.
Key Skills: Language Development, Reading & Writing
The Spelling Stage app claims to be ‘one of the greatest spelling apps’ created for educational and family entertainment, perfect for children over the age of four. The app features an online Spelling Stage, which allows you to play in three unique competitions from reception to national champions!
This app is great for helping children (no matter what their ages) get a handle on English spelling.
Key Skills: Spelling, Short Term Memory, Language
Kids Brain Trainer
This is a great app for adults and kids – completely safe and designed for children. It provides a collection of games and activities for kids to help them grow, learn and have fun.
With four fun, colourful and educational sections, the Kids Brain Trainer pre-school version has 144 games specifically designed to contribute to, exercise and develop your child’s motor and cognitive skills. Features include 24 exciting games of matching a picture to the figure provided, including animals and their sounds, in addition to 48 mind-exercising puzzles.
Key Skills: Visual-Spatial relations, Short Term Memory, Bi-lateral Coordination
If your child enjoys these games, they’ll be sure to enjoy one of our upcoming Tech Holiday Camps running at a school near you this July & August. As one of the few technology camp providers in England, our teachers develop interactive courses for students, teaching key computer science and coding skills, whilst allowing them to explore their creativity. Perfect for tech-savvy geniuses or for introducing beginners to the world of STEM education.
Nathan Caselton – 23/06/20