A bundle of four educational games for children 3-4 years of age to train attention, memory, logic and other brain functions in a playful way. These games are perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and preparation for elementary school.
An Artist's Mistake
This game develops attention, cognitive processes, and imagination. Silly pictures fit the sense of humor for the age group. The child needs to observe the image carefully and find the part which is not appropriate in the context. Selecting the wrong part in the image changes it to something that matches the scene.
This game is for the development of spatial cognition and logic. There are four tiles on the screen, each showing a piece from a different picture. The goals is to change the pieces of pictures until all the tiles show pieces of the same picture. There is an easy and a hard mode of this game.
This game is for the training of spatial thinking and perception. The picture is split into four tiles which can be rotated. The goal is to rotate the tiles in order to make a whole image.
This game trains attention and visual memory. There are cards on the table lying face down. Each round, the player can flip 2 cards. If the flipped cards have the same picture on the other side, they stay face up. Otherwise they get flipped back. The goal is to match all the cards. There is an easy and a hard mode of this game. The solution is shown briefly at the beginning of the game to help the child to memorize the pictures on some of the cards.
A child can play all of these games alone, yet the assistance of a adult may be encouraging at the start.
The author, Irina Marina is a child neuropsychologist with more than 10 years of experience and a PhD in biology. Her games are based on the materials she uses in her practice with kids.
Our educational games and apps are aimed at development of cognitive processes of children: memory, attention, logic and other. These brain functions are most responsive to training in preschool age (3-6 years). Kids who get this kind of exercise in young age learn facts about the world, acquire skills, and process information faster and in a more effective way.
When a child goes to school, the intellectual pressure increases which may lead to stress and difficulties of adaptation. That's why it's important that preschoolers have their cognitive abilities developed already before school. Most teachers and psychologists believe that in pre-school education rather than just teaching a kid facts (numbers, letters or shapes) it is more important to build the cognitive processes: fine motor skills (which are related to speech), logical reasoning, imagination, concentration, visual memory, spatial intelligence. If these functions are trained well, the child will have higher IQ and learn any school material easily.
ADHD (or ADHS, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder / Syndrome) is frequent in kindergarten and early school period, when parents notice that the child is easily distracted, can't focus on the task at hand and makes "silly" mistakes. It's best to seek help of a professional in this case, but some exercises can be also done at home, with mom or dad.
Your Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod, or an Android tablet is engaging, interactive and fun for kids, which gives it an advantage over books. An app of the "edutainment" type, if designed properly and by people with education in psychology or pedagogy, can be a great help in such home teaching. Our games are made professionally: they are based on the paper-format materials the author has been successfully using in her practice of treating ADHD and other problems for over a decade. In these apps, moms can first show their children how to solve the tasks. After the child has understood the principle, it can continue on its own.