If your child plays a lot of games on the Nintendo Switch, why not use their game time to do some learning? While there aren’t many strictly educational games on the console, there are some that help promote learning and development of skills in some way.
Here are four educational games for Nintendo Switch that your kids can play.
1. Nintendo LABO
One of the absolute best options for Nintendo Switch educational games, the Nintendo LABO has an added extra on top of the game itself. Each LABO box comes with cardboard kits that are used to build the accessories for the game. For example, the LABO Vehicle Kit comes with the tools to create all kinds of driving-related accessories.
If you’re worried about having to pore over an instruction book, don’t worry. The LABO kit comes with a step-by-step guide that’s played on the Switch itself. The actual instructions are written in a fun tone, so it feels more like you’re building a toy than following directions.
Once you’re done, you strap the Joy-Cons to the toy and play games with your new invention. This makes it great for kids who want to learn how to build and make things but also want something they can play with in the end.
Snipperclips is educational in the means of problem-solving and critical thinking. The game itself doesn’t contain strictly educational material, but the way the puzzles are solved does require some thought that can help children think things through rationally.
The objective of the game is to make your character fit the shapes that are presented on-screen. The way you achieve this is by using one another to clip pieces off of your character until they’re the right shape. Its two-player design makes it a great game to play alongside a child.
If you’re looking for something more oriented around learning, Numbala is a good choice. It’s a shooting game that uses mathematics in order to progress through the levels. It’s designed specifically to help teach children how to do arithmetic, so this makes Numbala a solid choice if you want to help teach numbers.
If you want to help encourage your child to practice their English, then Scribblenauts is the perfect game. The premise is simple: you play as a boy who has the power to bring things to life by writing them in a notebook. Throughout the game, you’ll find people who have specific problems. It’s up to you to think up a solution, then write it down in the notebook to create the solution.
What makes Scribblenauts so engaging is that there are multiple solutions to each puzzle. This allows people to bring their own way of thinking into the game instead of simply relying on what the game “wants them” to write. You can also add adjectives to change the properties of the object you’re creating to suit the situation better.
Before you get worried about the potential for adult content, Scribblenauts was designed for children. No sexual, racial, or hateful things can be entered into the notebook!
If you own a Nintendo Switch and want to play some educational games with your kids, there are some great games available for you to try. Now you know some of the best and how each one could help.
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