A game is basically a structured form of interactive play, normally undertaken for fun or entertainment, and occasionally used as a teaching tool. Games are quite different from work, that is typically carried out for monetary compensation, and from literature, that is often more of an expression of philosophical or aesthetic elements. However, all the forms of entertainment, be it board games, puzzles, or adventure games need to have some underlying mechanics, if they are to be used effectively as teaching aids.
It is well known that most games require some degree of ability in order to succeed, but the important thing to remember when considering games as teaching tools is the potential for learning, or the development of skills. It is well-known that some games can help to develop hand-eye coordination significantly better than others, while others can help young children to develop their problem solving capabilities. Furthermore, some games can be quite mentally stimulating, whilst others simply entertain and occupy time. However, whatever their level of achievement, games are capable of developing skills and minds in children of all ages.
It is important for any parent to consider the games their children play when deciding how to best provide their children with entertainment. Often the simplest games provide the best entertainment and can therefore be the most effective in improving skills such as hand-eye coordination. Similarly, games that develop an interest in technology or abstract thoughts can also be highly beneficial. There are endless games that can be played, developed and introduced at home or at school, each one providing the opportunity for children to develop new skills and create new interests. Finally, games can be played alone, or in groups of friends, with each providing opportunities to socialize and develop group-work skills, as well as increasing the intellectual level of the child. In fact, games are probably the most effective way to develop social skills and group work in children, and in this way, games provide a unique opportunity to teach people how to work as a team.