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The Fun, New Way To Experience Game-Based Learning: Color-Beams

What is Game-Based Learning?

Game-based learning integrates educational content with game mechanics, creating an immersive learning environment that motivates students to engage, explore, and achieve. This method leverages the natural inclination of children to play, making learning a fun and interactive process. Ultimately, whether it’s a sorting game to learn math concepts or a physical activity promoting teamwork and problem-solving, GBL covers a broad spectrum of subjects and skills. For more information on game-based learning, click here.

A Few Benefits of Game-Based Learning:

  • Increased enthusiasm regarding learning
  • Promotes healthy competition and regulating emotions
  • Engages critical thinking skills
  • Ability to shift activity based on desired learning outcomes

Game-Based Learning Games to Steal From Us: Color Beams

Game 1:

Using the transparent shapes, ask kids what color they think it would make when you laid the two different colored shapes on top of one another.

Give them three chances to guess, and if they get it right within those three guesses, offer an incentive!

This will help grow their desire to participate, as well as help them to remember what the color was through positive reinforcement.

Game 2:

Using the alphabet building cards, have kids make the letter, using the pegs and transparent shapes, on the peg board.

Then, have them look through the building cards with different creations/shapes on them, and have them choose one whose name starts with the letter they just made on the board.

As the child then uses both pegs and transparent shapes to make the creation they chose, a stronger pathway to memory will be created. This in turn, will help kids better associate certain letters with certain objects or shapes.

Game 3:

Using the number cards, teach kids addition and subtraction.

Have them make whichever of the numbers they choose on the peg board, and then have them either add or subtract another number of their choosing.

Then, ask them to solve the math problem, and once they know the answer, have them count out that number of pegs to help reinforce it.

So for example, if a child chose the card that has the shape of the number 5 on it, they would make the number five on the board, then choose another card. Let’s say the second card says the number 2 on it, then they would make the number two on the peg board.

Then if you were teaching them addition, you would ask them what five plus two is, and once they arrived at the answer of seven, they would count out seven pegs to reinforce the answer in their head.

These are just a few ideas to help take kids’ learning to the next level.

We hope that you now understand and appreciate the value of game-based learning, and will even consider working it into the lives of young learners around you.