There are various skills that are considered important for the future. Sometimes these are called 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, perseverance, research skills and creativity. In the Finnish early learning curriculum, they are grouped under categories such as thinking and learning, media usage, cultural competence, everyday life skills, and participation. Being prepared for school is great, but there are plenty of skills that prepare them for life in general.
With Hatch Kids, we decided to group our selection of games under four categories: emotions, creativity, life skills and academy. Often games that are considered educational deal with academic topics, such as literacy, math, science and history. These are topics that prepare kids for school but there are plenty of other subjects that are worth practising and learning.
Emotions category includes, as the name suggests, topics that relate to emotions, empathy, courage, but also developing skills in communication, conflict resolution and mindfulness.
Games are a great way to get inspired, but compared to television, games are interactive and they also function as a medium for self expression. Art and music are classical subjects that are considered creative, but creating stories or huge, complex building block constructions are also a way to express oneself.
Life skills can be also learned through gaming, such as simulation games, but there are also plenty of games that explore topics that are important in a child’s life. Games such as potty training and tooth brushing, but also understanding others, and focusing on tasks at hand are all useful at developing practical skills.
Learning historical facts or complex mathematical concepts isn’t relevant to a 2 to 8 year old. However, the skills they can already cultivate involve thinking, creativity and understanding the world around them. Adaptability and problem solving will get them through many challenges in their life. Communication skills, empathy and collaboration abilities are important, even when playing with others in the sandpit. Curiosity and imagination makes children more creative. Love for science, reasoning and analytical skills provide tools for logical thinking. Building skills in media literacy and information and communication technology isn’t just about using computers and phones. Children must also learn how to balance the media usage and think about ergonomy and sustainability. Ethics, environmental awareness and humanistic themes offer a perspective to our global society they are growing up into.