An educational game is one that makes children not realise they are learning; an experience very much like playing. Although it might look simple, achieving the perfect mix is a considerable challenge.
Not always a game with curiosities or full of educational content delivers the fun a child needs to keep a high engagement. Now kids can learn and improve many areas of development with Voxel, the new game available for subscribers in the PlayKids App.
How does it work
The game is an open world sandbox type, in which children can explore maps with different themes, always in their own time. Voxel brings no type of violence or interaction with other users.
The main objective is to use blocks of different colors and materials, from solid things like wood or stone to blocks made from light or water, to create numerous scenarios or situations inside each map.
The child is free to explore every possible interaction of each of these blocks inside the designed maps. But, of course, these interactions follow the same laws of physics of our own world, which makes it become a real experience lab for kids.
Do you want to know more about the different areas of child development that Voxel works on? Here’s a list:
Creativity: the child can combine different objects and materials, exploring all the game’s tridimensional space as well as all the geographical characteristics of each map;
Planning ahead and construction: to build structures, the child will need to think about how each step must be done, understanding the order of tasks to be completed and also learning how to visualize the sum of all that before the execution;
Perception of colors, shapes, and distances: in order to walk over a hole, for example, it is necessary to build a bridge. This way, the use of basic blocks help children with their understanding of the distance and shapes needed. The array of materials is shown by the colors of each block, influencing the final project;
Basic math and geometry: “how many blocks will I need to fill this 5-block wide and 4-block deep space?” is a basic question that brings everyday classroom subjects to the play time, and also encourages kids to make more elaborate relations, like calculating the needed amount of blocks to fill a triangular space or even more complex shapes.
Introduction to real world physics: blocks of light can illuminate the surroundings, making children learn about shadows and even depth, while the water presents the behaviour of liquids and also helps the comprehension of the space around.
Probably the most interesting and fun experience the game might provide is the opportunity for parents to sit next to their children and, watching their creations, learn a little bit more about the way they see the world and solve problems. Soon, you will find yourself asking your kid to build a bridge to reach the tree on the other side of the map.