Remember these? Top educational video games of the 80s

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carmen sandiegoComputer time is a big deal at our house, so much so that we have to set a time limit. My kids love to play the games they find at sites like PBSKids, Noggin, Sesame Street, and Starfall. I figure that if they're going to get screen time, it might as well be at least semi-educational, right?

Educational Games Research recently compiled a list of the most influential educational video games of the 1980s. If you, like me, were coming of age during that time, then you'll remember these games well. Here's the list:
  • The Oregon Trail (Who remembers sitting at those ancient Apple][e's, playing this one? I do!)
  • Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
  • SimCity
  • Reader Rabbit
  • Math Blaster
  • Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing
  • Lemonade Stand
  • Number Munchers
  • Zork
  • Windows Solitaire
Several of these games are still around, updated of course for a new generation. So if you're looking for a trip down memory lane and a great way to teach your kids early lessons about geography, economics, and strategy, a quick Google search will get you and your little gamer on the road to some learning fun.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.