My children are hooked to their DS’. I have no problem with them playing on it as they have a mix of games that involve strategy, learning and thinking.
I always try to reinforce learning at home by following up on reading, writing and Maths so that it improves their confidence in class and I also know where they are at in their learning. Of course, after a long day, that last thing they want to do is get to a table and begin writing again. I have found that they are more receptive to learning at home if it involves gadgets that they are familiar with.
I was very happy to get to review a new game from Nintendo which involves phonics as well as Biff, Chip and Kipper. For anyone with children in EYFS, these names will be very familiar.
We reviewed Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip and Kipper Volume 1 and 2 and they were suited to my little 3 year old and 5 year old.
Volume 1 (Levels 1, 1+ and 2) introduced her to sounds that she can hear around her in daily life and are familiar to her. It helps her to learn to listen to sounds and then repeat them. Since she loves to record her voice, she likes these games. There are also songs and puzzles to keep her busy. She then went on to learn to listen to other phonic sounds and repeat them.
Volume 2 (Levels 3 and 4) introduces new sounds again as well spellings which has helped Ethan too, although he is reading at quite a good level at school. I think he will benefit more with the higher volume.
I like the writing bit as it does help formation of letters in the early years of school.
I think these games are brilliant as they allow the child to learn through play and they reinforce their learning without it being a chore. Also the fact that it incorporates the Biff, Chip and Kipper series which they are familiar with from school, helps to make them comfortable with what they are learning.
I would recommend these games for pre-school and children in EYFS.
Disclaimer: I was sent the first two volumes of the Phonics games from Nintendo. All ideas and opinions are mine.