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Playing cooperatively may actually increase a child’s eagerness to learn.
Every child and parent knows the joy and fun that can come out of play time. Taking a few hours each day to play with toys or build new creations out of building blogs or puzzle toys can help to encourage imagination in children and can help with cognitive development. However, if you have ever had to pull your child away from their favorite toys or play time activities in order to convince them to do their homework, you can now rest easy when it comes to worrying about their education. New research has shown that playing, especially when it includes group or pair playing, can actually increase a child’s eagerness to learn!
The study, conducted by New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, has found that when students played a math game collaboratively with another student, it motivated them to learn even more. This was compared to students who played the game along. Research in the study also uncovered that students’ interest and enjoyment of playing increased when another student joined in.
“We found support for claims that well-designed games can motivate students to learn less popular subjects, such as math, and that game-based learning can actually get students interested in the subject matter and can broaden their focus beyond just collecting stars or points,” said Jan Plass, a professor in New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and one of the study’s lead authors.
But what kind of games are both fun and educational at the same time? Laser Pegs offers a number of educational light up toy kits that help to encourage spelling, math and creating sentences for students of all ages. Whether you have a young child who is just learning these basic subjects for the first time, or you are looking for a fun way to expand an older child’s understanding of these subjects, the Laser Pegs educational line is a great way to mix learning and fun.
The study also noted that not only does play time encourage learning at home and in the classroom, but it can also help children feel more comfortable in subjects that may have otherwise caused problems for them or made them feel self conscious in school.
“Educational games may be able to help circumvent major problems plaguing classrooms by placing students in a frame of mind that is conducive to learning rather than worrying about how smart they look,” added co-lead author Paul O’Keefe, an NYU postdoctoral fellow at the time of the study.
Given just how beneficial learning toys can be for children of all ages, educational toys, such as the ones in the Laser Pegs Educational Kits line, would make the perfect holiday present for any child who is looking to learn and play all at the same time. To learn more about the kits that Laser Pegs offers, including our ABC kit, Words kit and Numbers kit, contact Laser Pegs today.