Games Enhance Learning
© Beverley Paine
Whenever I wanted the children to learn something I'd think about making a game, rather than look for text or work books. Games add another dimension to learning - not just the fun factor which everyone says is important. My children enjoyed the challenge inherent in most games: for them learning what I wanted them to learn was a bi-product of playing rather than the purpose.
Making the game taught as much as playing the game, especially in maths and society and environment. Making and testing rules was probably the hardest aspect of getting a game right. The children always helped me make the games - a truly integrated across-curriculum learning activity - and this led them to confidently build elaborate games in their teenage years. Influenced by playing computer games Roger and Thomas built a LEGO Castle game. This took over two years and had a complex scoring system, similar to Dungeons and Dragon type games. It would take hours to play and was a favourite for a long time. The skills needed to invent, make and play this game were complex and again, covered several areas of the curriculum.
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