*I worked with The Mission List and Quandary on this post. Any opinions are 100% my own.
When it comes to online gaming and my kids, I like to choose games that are educational, challenging in a fun way, and enjoyable. Little Man and Teen Girl have been playing Quandary recently and they surprised me with how much they like it. Quandary is an online game that allows players to shape the future of a new society!
While kids are shaping their new society, they will be learning how to recognize ethical issues and deal with challenging situations in their own lives. Designed for ages 8 and up and I think that is a great starting age. Little Man is 8 and Teen Girl is 13 and they play separately, but will also sit together and discuss their decisions. It’s kind of fun to watch some sibling bonding happening too. Whether you are looking for a new game for your kids to play at home, or a new game to use in the classroom if you are a teachers, here are 5 Reasons to Play Quandary.
#1 Quandary Helps Develop Ethical Thinking Skills
There are times when Little Man forgets that his behavior affects others. Just the other day he had the biggest drama situation ever….for a 3rd grader. He had told a few too many kids that they could join him for his pizza party when he earns three more tokens. He wasn’t quite sure what to do for this pizza party he hadn’t even earned yet (that he could bring 2 people to but had promised a dozen or more) and he was afraid to make everyone mad. We talked about his options, as well as talked about how he can’t over promise or lie to people. Ethical Skills aren’t something you find in a lot of games. With a narrative-based learning experience you are challenged to think about your actions with Quandary and that’s just what Little Man needs right now. The freedom of choice and responsibility are welcome in this game, as players create a new society on an undeveloped planet, but all of those decisions have outcomes. Two of the core Ethical Thinking Skills that Quandary supports are:
- Perspective-taking: Quandary helps put players in others’ beliefs, preferences, attitudes, and condition.
- Critical thinking: Critical thinking and reflection is associated ethical reasoning. During the game, players have to find ways to co-ordinate concepts or statements in complex ways, and receive input and feedback from characters in the game.
#2 Quandary Is a Digital Game Providing a Learning Experience
With so many digital games out there, why not choose one that provides something more than a time filler for your child? Give them a learning experience with a side of fun! Research shows that well-designed digital games can be effective learning tools and we are already seeing more and more of them used in classrooms. Quandary is all about teaching new skills, not knowledge, which is unique and welcomed in our home. Another neat thing about Quandary is that it teaches by giving interesting choices vs telling you what to do. It’s a nice reminder for me as a parent that I often give too many choices or not any at all.
#3 Quandary is an Award-Winning Game
Quandary has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Games for Change Game of the Year. Not only can I tell you that it is a great game for kids to play, but so can many many others.
Quandary is a FREE Digital Game available to play now. I highly recommend it for your kiddos over 8, and if you are a teacher, you should check it out to see if it works in with your curriculum.
*This is a sponsored post and any opinions are 100% my own.