How to Introduce Your Toddler to Computer Games

Ohaiyo gozaimas mommies 😉

Wish ya in sweet day *hugs*

Today, I would like to share tips on “How to Introduce Your Toddler to Computer Games“.

Computer games are proven ways children can develop puzzle-solving skills, analytical thinking, deductive reasoning and hand-eye coordination.

For early introduction to “How to Teach Your Baby to Use a Computer“, you may click here 😀

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Print-screen of KiruaMi-cHan’s favorite EA Games Need for Speed : Carbon

You may want to keep computer games away from your children, but if they find a way to play anyway, you mind as well help guide them along, to make the video games as beneficial as possible.

*the King big job to conduct KiruaMi-cHan’s through his passion in car; car books, magazine, games, Hot Wheels, Top Gear Show & History Channel: Ice Road Truckers*

There are a variety of ways and methods that you can create a positive aspect out of computer games and the whole family will enjoy them.

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else ~Albert Einstein

Let’s begin! 😉

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How to Introduce Your Child to Video Games

Step by step guide:

  • Step 1 : Consider the system.
    Before you go out and buy the latest and greatest computer/video game system there is, you should do a little research on what the systems have to offer.
    The big three systems are the PS3, Nintendo Wii and XBOX 360, but the one with the most kid-orientated games can be found on the Wii.
    There are also alternative video games like simple “Plug-N-Play” games or Leap Frog branded video games.
  • Step 2 : Focus on the educational.
    Instead of just time in front of the television, you can provide games that your child can take something from.
    Get a game that involves using math or spelling to help them get through the levels.
    There are a ton of computer games like this and many video games geared specifically towards the pre-school crowd like Elmo, Mario Math or a Dora the Explorer game.
  • Step 3 : Check ratings.
    If you want the children to have a few games that are purely for the fun factor, then before you buy them, you should check out the ratings first.
    The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) gives ratings to every game, much like the movies, and are as follows:
    Early Childhood (three and older)
    Everyone (six and older)
    Everyone + (10 and older)
    Teen (13 and older)
    Mature (17 and older)
    Adults Only ( 18 and older).

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    KiruaMi-cHan’s print screen his winning games
    (as Mac user he needs to insert combination keys: Apple+Shift+3)

  • Step 4 : Understand the rating is labeled on every package and a younger child should only be playing the games that contain their age bracket unless you approve something higher.
  • Step 5 : Be sure to exercise.
    One of the things that video games may lead to is laziness, so encourage and introduce games that require physical work.
    Many of the Nintendo Wii games require the player to interact with their body and studies have even been released that it is a good form of exercise.
  • Step 6 : If you do not want the Wii, then consider things like a DDR Dance Pad or the Fisher-Price Smart Cycle that actually requires players to pedal as they play the games.
    They will be having so much fun that they may not even realize that they are exercising.
  • Step 7 : Limit video game playing to only a half hour a week so that they do not become attached to the system.
    You may even want to consider limiting it to weekends or every other day, so they get used to the limited time and are not playing for hours and hours every week.

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    Our kiddies daily “clean-up” schedule 😀

  • Step 8 : Do not let them take it for granted and use it as a reward for doing chores or getting good grades, try not to let the system become a priority over important things like reading, family time or home chores.
  • Step 9 : Play video games with your child.
    Make it more of a family activity. It will be a lot more fun for the whole family and you can learn together.
  • Step 10 : Move the game console OUT of your child’s room.
    If he has easy access to his games in his room, he’s more likely to play them at all hours, including late at night.
    An ideal place for a game console or gaming PC is the den or the family room; somewhere you have control of it.

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Keep on your hard work mommies 😉

May Allah swt always help & guide you. Amin~

*gambatte ne, hugs*

About MamaFiza

Born in 1984. Family 1st; living in boulevard of peace, loving my treasured family, fully breastfeeding my precious 4 kids (tandem nursing) *30 months duration for each of 'em*, homeschool advocate, book writer, Work-at-Home-Mom (WAHM), certified Lactation Counselor (LC), official ZIN, yoga + pilates enthusiast, no pacifier & no maid rules! [Praise to God]

02. July 2008 by MamaFiza
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