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10 video games that can help your children develop

Which video games help your kids learn and develop? Here's a list.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: August 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm •  Published: August 5, 2014

Don’t worry when your kids play the newest video game. It can actually be good for them.

A new study by Oxford University found that children between 10 and 15, male and female, can benefit from playing video games for an hour a day, according to The Telegraph.

“Young people who indulged in a little video game-playing were associated with being better adjusted than those who had never played or those who were on video games for three hours or more,” the study found, according to The Telegraph.

But video games have proven to be important sources of entertainment for a variety of ages. And there’s plenty of benefits from video games across all ages.

Here’s a list of 10 video games that you and your family may want to include in your collection:

Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. is a classic, there’s no doubt about it. Who doesn’t know of the portly Italian plumber pummeling bricks and cramming down Koopas? The game requires users to hop up and down and hit targets at just the right angle — something that requires good hand-eye coordination, which has been proven by an Indiana University study to improve cognitive and social skills for young people.

Sports games

In the past, video games have been commended for teaching teamwork to kids by the Education Department Center. And there is no absence of that in sports games. Whether it’s the Madden NFL series or the FIFA soccer games, sports-theme video games are teaching kids a lot about how to work with teammates toward an ultimate goal.

Disney Infinity

Imagine Mickey and Minnie Mouse at your finger tips. That’s the case with the Disney Infinity video games, where players can essentially log-in as a certain Disney character. Given that Disney characters have been known to inspire creativity and imagination, playing this game will not only inspire kids to build their own world, but to also become more familiar with Disney characters and have a little fun.

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