Teledata’s Favourite Links of the Week: Online Games
Gone are the days when playing online games was just the domain of teenage boys. Today, there’s something for everyone and whether it’s to help you unwind, a sneaky way to educate your kids or even yourself, there is something for everyone in the world of online gaming.
Online games to teach your children
One of the best ways to teach your kids is fun and activity. Children are fast at picking up new technologies – just leave your smartphone with your child for a few minutes, and you will see this!
So, getting your children engrossed in an online game which not only entertains them but also teaches them, is an excellent way to combine education and fun!
Have a look at www.funbrain.com – this website has an extensive list of different games for children, like Math Baseball, where players have a math problem to work out, and after they answer it you hit the swing button. If the answer is correct, the player gets a hit, racking up points.
If you want your children to work on their spelling, then there are games for that too! Check out pbskids.org/games/spelling which uses fun characters to get kids thinking. Your children can help Clifford the dog spell different words, and there is a range of levels so you can choose what is suitable.
Games to help you relax after work
Remember jigsaw puzzles? Maybe you used to do them with your grandparents, or siblings.
Well, like most nostalgic things, you can also find them online. Next time you are bored and in need of relaxing, check out this website thejigsawpuzzles.com there are thousands of different kinds of puzzles to choose from, and you just click and drag the pieces into place. It even makes that satisfying click sound when the pieces are put in the right spot.
Online games to make you smarter
Online games are not all about shooting zombies or creating different worlds. You can also use them to strengthen your brain power. Remember, if you don’t use it, you lose it. A New England Journal of Medicine study found that adults who frequently engage in mentally stimulating activities are 63% less likely to develop dementia than those who rarely do such activities. So improve your memory and safeguard yourself for the future by checking out these links.
On this website, you can test your cognitive skills with a range of games. Try the name your colors games – it tests your ability to stay focused. There’s also a photo study game. You need to look at a picture on the site for a minute, memorize it and then write down as many of the items in the photo as you can remember.
Of course, there are apps to help you increase your brainpower through games. One of the most popular apps for this is Lumosity. According to the website, a team of neuroscientists developed these brain games. You can get it free on Android, iOS, and the web. After you set your goals, you do a few tests, and then the app creates a brain training plan. Try play the games every day to make it worth your while.