I will freely admit that I’m not much of a gamer myself, but given how incredibly popular they are among children it’s valuable to know which ones can actually be beneficial for them. According to an Oxford University study, video games can provide entertainment to children while also teaching them to do creative problem solving. I also believe that videos help keep a child’s imagination alive, and can inspire them to do really inventive and amazing things. Here 7 recommended games for kids, see the article for full game descriptions. 1. Minecraft - I’ve best heard this game described as “legos for adults.” Now as I’ve said I don’t play it, but my husband does and the sheer number of possibilities when it comes to building are incredible. This is a great way for kids to get creative and even adventure a bit. 2. Super Mario Brothers (series) - A classic going back to my own childhood, Mario games encourage creative problem solving and many allow cooperative play between friends. 3. Cut the Rope (series) - A brightly colored and interactive game of physics based puzzles available for mobile devices. 4. Disney Infinity - Your favorite Disney characters duking it out and running off on adventures. Wonderful for younger kids because it incorporates physical figures that become characters in the game. Character sets include Toy Story, The Incredibles, and more! 5. Disney Infinity: Marvel Heroes - Same idea as its predecessor this time with Marvel Heroes such as Spiderman and the Avengers. To be released on September 23. 6. Skylanders - Similar to the Disney games Skylanders incorporates toys and helps children learn strategy and tactics through fun visuals and creative designs. 7. Lego Marvel Super Heroes - From everything I’ve seen the Lego video game franchise is a wonderful blend of comedy and education. It’s enjoyable for children and they don’t even realize how much they’re learning about solving puzzles, creative thinking and problem solving, and team work.