Three Gamification Ideas to do at Home with your Children.
Sometimes, finding the motivation to do the things we must do can be difficult. Doing the same every day with the same set of rules or steps can be exhausting for many people. Children are not an exception to this.
Despite that, we should strive to create a routine for them to help them build independence; we should also keep in mind the possibility to spice things up.
That is why we have come up with four gamification ideas you can start applying with your kids at home to make the day-to-day tasks more enjoyable and easy to carry on.
First thing first: what is gamification?
Gamification could be defined as a learning technique that translates game elements to ordinary content. The general goal is to motivate users and students of a program to engage with the content in a different way to keep things interesting. An incentivizing user or student will likely retain more knowledge at the end of the session.
Gamification is a concept that has been present in the educational field for several years now, and although many thought it was a fad, it is far from being so. Thus, it has become one more tool to improve and get the most out of school learning.
And you know that here at Spimbey, we love when children get to play games and learn.
But gamification is something that can also be applied in many contexts like marketing strategies, human resources programs or activities, and even at home to help with homework or with the house chores. Gamification also provides an environment for healthy competition.
We have a previous article that talks about the difference between gamification and other similar strategy called game-based learning. You can read it here.
What should you have before applying any gamification strategy?
Now that you know what gamification is, you can start applying it at home with your children to help them study for an exam, do the homework, or do the house chores.
If you think in a video game, you know the game has some sort of rewards program or system that keeps users active and wanting to play more and more.
We have what we would call “the main goal” and many other “little goals” from which you will earn points or status or any form of progression. Youmake progress and progress until you reach the final stage of the game when you finally decide your destiny.
The previous example is great to have a clear picture of what you need to have before using any gamification strategy.
- A main goal: for example, study for an exam.
- Little goals in the process: if the exam evaluates several themes, you can divide them in the study session.
- A reward system: a progress bar, points and badges, medals of honor, and so on.
- A prize: when reaching the main goal, any kind of positive reinforcement will do the work as a prize for doing a great job.
One of the cool things about gamification is that you can apply it with almost anything.
Gamification ideas to do at home.
Now that you have everything you need let us start with the gamification ideas.
- The classic “lightning round” (but without the lightning part)
This is a simple game but also extremely useful in many contexts. For example, if you were to use it as a gamification strategy to study for an exam, this is what you could do:
- Classify the questions using several levels of difficulty.
- Use a progress bar to measure the progress.
- Learning under pressure is not really ideal, but if your children are up to the challenge, you can add the lightning part with timing. For every right question, they will earn points or progressions in the progress bar.
- You can create a narrative around the game or simply try to change the dynamics of the questions from time to time. You can use imitations, sounds, music, and so on.
- Use art and crafts.
Even though this is not a “pure” gamification strategy, you can use art as a game to help your children learn new things. Just like in Pictionary, you can use drawings and imitations to help your children to acquire new knowledge or reinforce what they know already.
- Use technology to your advance.
Like almost everything in this era we live in, you can find more than one app that uses gamification as a strategy to improve knowledge and engagement with the content. Here are some of our favorites:
- Plickers this amazing question game will provide a great opportunity to improve knowledge and give the screen time of your children a true meaning.
- Socrative is another great tool to ask questions and measure the acquisition of knowledge.
- Icuadernos with this app, your children will be able to learn maths with practical and interactive exercises. One of the main advantages is that children will be able to use the app without adult supervision.
Gamification is a tool that will help at home with your children and their assignments. There are many ways you can gamify old content to make interest. Just be sure to have everything mapped out, and you will see amazing results.
Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and do something different with your children’s learning process!
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