Many children think that playing is fun and learning isn't. But the new HABA “Fex Effect” games show that playing and learning are the perfect partners and that children can acquire essential skills for their individual learning success through play. The games have been developed in cooperation with the Transfer Center for Neuroscience and Learning (TransferZentrum für Neurowissenschaften und Lernen (ZNL)) at the University of Ulm. The ZNL transfers neuroscientific knowledge about learning from theory into practice. The result was the new play and learning programme for supporting executive functions or “Fex” for short.
Specialists describe central brain functions that influence children’s learning performance as well as their social and emotional development as “executive functions”. Executive functions control thought and behaviour and are therefore an important prerequisite for successful learning and the ability to manage one’s own emotions. In other words - Training these brain functions makes children fit to learn.
The new HABA “Fex Effect” games support three essential foundations for learning success:
- Control of feelings and impulses
- Practising retentiveness
- Training concentration and flexibility
The “Fex Effect” of the games consists of the rules having several variations that change the sequence of the game and sometimes require the opposite actions. Before each game, players should decide which rules apply. This means that children have to keep memorising and following these different rules to be able to win. They are always adapting to different conditions and therefore training the executive functions.
We know that children enjoy learning and learn best when they are having fun. That is why we have developed games that are fun, but at the same time are based on the latest insights from learning and brain research. More information on cooperation with ZNL and the Fex Project can be found on the Fex pages of the ZNL.