A Young Teacher’s Guide To Educational Games

There are three types of games that may useful in helping students develop different skills in problem solving/critical thinking as well as knowledge and basic skills. They are:


Specially designed and commercially produced educational games; and
Teacher devised games designed to fit into a particular topic.

All games have some advantages:

Obviously, fun, as the children learn;
Learning by stealth, i.e. the children think it’s a game rather than school work;
Learning through cooperation with others;
Learning by observing others;
Often hands-on, i.e. tactile and visual; and
Often discussion between participants can lead to further learning.

There are disadvantages/difficulties especially with commercial games and some educationally produced games. They include:

They are expensive.
They often take too much time to get a result.
Teacher must be extremely vigilant with collecting all games and checking all parts have been returned. Otherwise, an expensive game becomes unusable.
Storage and borrowing practices may present usage p