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Card Games as Learning Tools For Kids
Every child in a family is special. They bring joy and laughter to every parentís world; they are the ones who make a union in the family. Taking care of the kids is a serious matter, and giving recognition to the parents or the caregiver who does their best in keeping the kids well taken care is necessary. Child care requires serious attention and deep thought, and these kids will be the future generations in the years to come. It is for this reason that card games can be used as an important part of the learning process.
A playful kid is a sign of someone who is inquisitive and curious, always asking questions and exploring the world around them, which is a natural instinct to have. In this premise, the manufacturer of toys should be more responsible as well as creative. As parents we should give not just ordinary toys, but toys of learning value. Children donít think that they are just playing, as most of adults brushed off things and disregard matters as ďchildís play,Ē but to a kid he is learning things around him, exploring in his own playful way.
Imagine a sponge, when soaked with water it will immediately absorb and suck up water, leaving a dry container. Thatís the childís brain, it absorbs all that is being offered and taught to them. Being responsible is crucial if you are teaching a child, as those things he absorbs during his foundation period will remain until he grows old. Thatís why educators play a crucial role in developing the childís brain. This is critical to a societyís development, for intellectual citizens make up an intellectual nation.
This is what a teacher in Japan has in mind when he invented the educational playing cards called the historical playing card. The teacher says that these playing cards were derived from the existing popular games of Yu-gi-oh, card captor Sakura and Pokemon. It teaches kids historical lessons while having fun. The teacher who is a frustrated cartoonist himself draws the figures found in the educational cards. As the method succeeds, teachers and educators of the nearby Chiba district soon became attracted by the turn-out, and in no time applied the same scheme into their own curriculum.
The cards are divided into two sets that contain accurate data of Japanese history and pictures of past personalities. The game merely rules jaunt the existing popular card games that children in Japan play, therefore there is a high familiarity among the card players, making the game easy and exciting. Playersí place their cards upfront with each other, and the card with the higher scores win, thereby forcing the winner to forfeit the loserís card, and the player with the most number of cards at the end of the game becomes the overall winner.
Children enjoy the game so much that they didnít realize they are gradually getting familiar with those events and personalities mentioned on the playing cards. It is only a matter of time when toy manufacturers recognize the impact of ths method. While they may produce the cards commercially, retaining the illustration made by the school teacher is of great importance.
Learning while playing by far is the most effective tool in conveying messages and educating young minds for nation building.
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