Using Games in the Classroom

At YMI Classroom, our mission is to offer innovative teaching resources to educators. Recognizing the significance of meaningful and interactive learning experiences, we’ve developed more than 3,000 programs tailored to diverse educational contexts. Among the strategies we endorse, integrating educational games into the classroom stands out as particularly effective.
In this blog post, we’ll dive into the advantages of using games as teaching aids and discuss how they can enrich the learning journey for students of all ages. Learn more and reach out to our team today to find educational games and resources.

Young child playing an educational game.

Promoting Active Learning

Games have a unique ability to promote active learning by encouraging students to participate in the learning process. Unlike traditional teaching methods that often rely on passive learning, such as lectures or rote memorization, educational games require students to engage with the material and make decisions. Whether it’s through solving puzzles, answering quiz questions, or collaborating with peers in group activities, games are hands-on and stimulate critical thinking and problem-solving skills. As a result, students are more likely to retain information and develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter.


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Fostering Collaboration and Communication

Another key benefit of using games in the classroom is their ability to foster collaboration and communication among students. Many educational games are designed to be played in groups, encouraging students to work together towards a common goal. This collaborative approach not only helps students develop essential teamwork skills, but also promotes effective communication and interpersonal skills. As students work together to solve challenges and overcome obstacles, they learn to listen to each other, share ideas, and communicate effectively — a valuable skill set that extends beyond the classroom into real-world scenarios.

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Increasing Engagement and Motivation

One of the biggest challenges educators face is keeping students engaged and motivated throughout the learning process. Sometimes traditional teaching methods fail to capture students’ attention, leading to disinterest and disengagement. Educational games offer a solution to this problem by making learning fun and interactive. By tapping into students’ natural inclination towards play, games can transform mundane lessons into exciting and engaging experiences. Whether it’s through gamified quizzes, interactive simulations, or role-playing activities, games have the power to captivate students’ interests and inspire them to actively participate in their learning journey.

Enhancing Creativity and Problem-Solving Skills

In addition to promoting active learning and collaboration, educational games also play a crucial role in enhancing students’ creativity and problem-solving skills. Many games present players with complex challenges that require creative thinking and innovative problem-solving strategies to overcome. By encouraging students to think outside the box and explore different solutions, games help foster a growth mindset and instill confidence in their ability to tackle difficult problems. Furthermore, the interactive nature of games allows students to experiment with different approaches and learn from their mistakes — a valuable learning experience that promotes resilience and perseverance.

The integration of educational games into the classroom offers numerous benefits for both educators and students alike. From promoting active learning and fostering collaboration to increasing engagement and enhancing critical thinking skills, games have the power to transform the learning experience in profound ways.


Here are some YMI programs with game elements:

Dungeons & Dragons Learning Adventures – Our series of standalone lesson plans based on the popular collaborative roleplaying game. Just launched is the newest installment in this series, Storytelling with the Bard.

Mission Authenticity – The Get Real California Quiz – featuring questions about history, geography, nature, and more – challenges students to demonstrate how well they know our biggest state. 
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Medicine Safety Trivia – The OTC Medicine Safety program includes a full suite of learning games, including a Trivia Game and a Kahoot! challenge. Both games are great for the entire class to play together. 

Sound Off with the Home Fire Safety Patrol – Features Smoke Alarm Smarts, an online game where students must search a house to find and test the various smoke alarms. 

Gor For Real Trivia Game – Led by McGruff the Crime Dog, students use what they’ve learned in the companion lesson plans to face off against one another and see which team can score the most points.