- Helps with memorization
- Exercises matching skills
- Enhances observational skills
- Fosters social skills
Everyone with a little effort and time can make real-life tasks into educational games. This is the case of Orchard Toys Shopping List a memory game based on doing groceries. Like many other memory games, Shopping List works on short-term memory as the players not only have to remember their groceries list but also where the groceries items are since the cards are face down in the playing surface. The players have fun trying to find all the items before their opponents which calls for a sharp mind and memorization skills. Children exercise their memory capacity by flipping the cards to find their groceries items. Using an everyday task of grocery shopping to learn.
While playing memory games a child is reinforcing their attention to detail and placement of objects. Memory games such as Shopping List also helps children build up their observational skills. It is important for children to develop visual discrimination and concentration through observation. By playing memory games such as Shopping List children can find different ways to help them remember things just focusing on the items on their list. Exercising a child’s mind through entertaining memory games can later be applied to school as observing and listening are key skills for learning.
Also, Shopping List and other similar games helps players develop matching skills by making connections of the drawings in the list with the items on the board. The game does not require any prior reading knowledge even though the list contain the names of the food alongside the drawings. And like many other games, Shopping List can be used as a tool for learning to recognize words. The child can match the image to the word on the list. It is a fun way to start the recognition of letters by associating them with the image it represents.
Furthermore, competitive or cooperative board games are meant to be played by everyone. Memory games, spelling games, counting games, among others are a tool for fostering social skills from an early age. Shopping List and other games alike are a great tool for sharing time together. Children get to learn from other players by copying the behavior of the other players. To wait for their turn, respect others and listening carefully are some of the things children get to practice when playing games. Shopping List and similar games are a fun activity that engage children in learning by doing groceries like adults.