Games are maybe the most under rated way of education and it’s about time to change this. According to Wikipedia: “Games fulfill a number of educational purposes. Some games may be explicitly designed with educational purposes, while others may have incidental or secondary educational value. All types of games may be used in an educational environment. Educational games are games that are designed to teach people about certain subjects, expand concepts, reinforce development, understand an historical event or culture, or assist them in learning a skill as they play. Game types include board, card, and video games.”
What I found most promising are card games for math and people skills. If you want your children to become aware of game theory it should play a card game like poker with friends. Poker, espeically texas hold’em is very easy to learn and can be played with virtual money. This way your child learns how to deal with math (if it understands the fundamental strategies that are fairly easy to learn as a youth) and how to deal with opponents. “What does he think I have?”, “what will he do when I do this?”, “is he bluffing/lying to me?” These are all questions you have to deal all the time while playing poker and they are very important and also have their relevance in real life. When it comes to estimating your risks in certain situations or when you have to make a guess if your counter part is lying or honest. If you really think about it you will find situations in every day life where you wished that you had sharpen your skills. And Poker is a perfect way to do this. But the truth is that it takes some time to learn it. Ok, the rules are very simple but strategies aren’t. If one really wants to benefit from poker games one should really take the time to learn the most important strategies.