Although many people judge that video games are only for fun, praxis shows that there are many useful things that can be learned from them. In the list of useful games could be added the hidden object games which are great for developing children real - life skills. They are a big challenge for the adults, but for the children, great learning tool. Good thing is that they are so easy to find on the internet, there are many web pages with contents of this type; you do not need to look for any cd-s to buy, and you save money as well.

These games are extremely good for teaching the children observational skills. Trying to discover the objects that are so well hidden in the picture, players should stay focused, to look really careful so they could notice what is missing in the background scene, or what is hiding behind some item. Is that a real tree or there is a strange face, peeking from the tree – trunk, or is the word on the blackboard some random word or maybe is giving you some message?

Finding hidden items on the monitor could help children to learn to find missing items in their home in real life and to put everything in the place where it belongs. Following the example of the hidden object games, everyday cleaning can be turn into a fun – parents can give instructions to their children: Find the book and place it on its place, or find the doll and put it into its house…

Hidden object games help developing the memory. Sometimes the player should go through the same level many times, remembering the place of some objects, so he could pass the level more easily next time.

Here could be added children coordination skills, if they want to find the object, they should click on it precisely, so they must learn how to control a mouse.

These games also offer a chance to teach children new words which are complete with illustration of that word. Child could ask parents about some unfamiliar object and with that he will enlarge his vocabulary and his knowledge as well. Children can also learn persistence. For some object players need to look at the picture multiple times. There are clues available but limited in number, so children learn to use them wisely - saving them until the number of left objects equals the number of clues left.

This is definitely on of the most interesting ways to learn, entertaining for children and adults as well.

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Graduated philologist in comparative literature, born in Skopje, Macedonia. I find writing as one of the most appropriate ways to express myself and I like when it appears useful for the others as well.