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Great Educational Computer Games for Kids

Educational games might not sound fun, but we assure you (and your child) that they can be. You just have to play the right ones.

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No, you're not mistaken; your kids spend a lot of time playing video games. According to researchers at MIT, the average 8th grade girl spends 12 hours a week playing, while teen boys devote a staggering 23 hours a week to gaming. While some parents see these as wasted hours, others see them as a powerful opportunity to supplement a child's education and reinforce critical skills using an interactive tool that kids not only understand, but also enjoy.

Of course, even the best educational games won't work if your kids won't play them. The key is to look for games that incorporate educational themes within an engaging framework that will keep them motivated and excited to play. Skip the "skills and drills" programs, and check out these five titles that will encourage your kids to learn and have fun on the computer at the same time.

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