What’s the difference between the millions?
Learning Games for Kids and Sensory Play
Sensory play is an integral part of your child’s developments. Any activity which stimulates a child’s senses (sight, taste, touch, smell, hearing) is considered ‘sensory play’.
Sensory play is important for social, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, and physical development. However, some activities can be more beneficial than others. It can be difficult to sort through the multitude, mountains, millions of children’s apps promising constructive sensory play.
So, what should you look for when it comes to sensory play and learning games for kids?
5 easy tips to consider:
1. The more the merrier:
The more senses that are involved in any given activity, the more chances your child has to retain the information. For apps, taste and smell may be out of the question but look for kids learning games that offer various sounds, sights, and opportunities for touching.
2. Bright colors make bright kids:
Kids remain more engaged with a colorful palette. More colors means stimulating more of those optical cones, which react only to color, and and a greater learning retention.
3. Repetition with variance:
Learning is tough! By choosing learning games for kids where there is one general concept (ex ABC’s, 123’s) with multiple avenues for retention (matching, coloring, etc) the brain synthesizes information by using not only the different senses but in different ways, with each new game type. Variety is a sure fire way to repeat a skill without being frustrated or bored, making learning for your little one all the easier.
Having to use your finger to drag or click means engaging both fine motor skills with eye-hand coordination, a seriously winning combination. Different types of touch stimulate different fine motor skills, for instance drag and drop vs tracing vs one touch commands. Having moving objects on a screen is another way to ensure kids remain locked into their learning experience.
5. Listen up!:
Apps with verbal cues are particularly effective because they create neurological pathways from hearing to sight to touch–essentially covering all the available senses. Fun songs and sound affects create added interest to any activity and some children .
When on the hunt for a learning game for kids, it only takes a moment to consider Cubic Frog™ tips to make sure you’re investing in an activity that is stimulating and effective. Creating colorful, constructive, joyful kids learning games is our business, literally.