So come Christmas, every sentient being in my household will have some kind of device on which to play games. Me, I’m not big on games, but the iPod Touch apparently will play them, and I’ve been told they’re kinda-sorta fun, so perhaps I’ll give one or two a try. And, my husband has been equipped with an iPhone and he’s male so you know he’s playing games like a motherf**ker.
So anyway, the young beings in our home have, or all will have, at Christmastime the Nintendo DS. We already have a couple of them around the house, and a variety of games I know not the title of. I think Zelda is involved.
But — one of the sprouts is young, just 4, and it seems like there ought to be some games designed for actual education. Don’t tell me about how they develop good eye-hand coordination, or some rigamarole about how they enhance higher-order thinking or something.
No, I want to know if there are any actual developed educational games. Games developed by, you know, EDUCATORS. Yes, they can be fun, too, but since they’re going to be having their noses in these damn things for at least a month solid following Christmas, I’d like them to get SOME worthwhile benefit out of them, beyond mere entertainment.
The other children are girl, 14, and boy 11. (The other is a boy, 4.)
Thanks for any help!
— Electronic Mom