Gone are the times when kids were playing games with each other outside, now we’re living in an era where everybody has a tablet, even the kids in our life. In spite of the saying that a tablet device could limit important social skills, it seems that such a device is also benefic for children. This information was revealed by a new report revealed by Swinburne University of Technology.

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Apparently, tablet games can be advantageous in aiding the educational development of children. This study suggest that children who learn a specific skill either on a tablet or online, are able to transfer that skill into the real world, an important step in the development as a person.

Dr. Jordy Kaufman, Swinburne senior research fellow, said the following: “Our research suggests that these kinds of ‘replacement activities’ can work just as well as the real thing, as kids seamlessly transferred what they learnt on the iPad to the physical versions.”

This study was based on a sample of 50 children, and included asking the participants to piece together a puzzle after practising on 2D and 3D forms. The children who practised on the 3D model performed as the same level as the children who had practised on the 2D model, and thereby it seems that skills honed on the tablet were transferred to the physical puzzle.

The study – based on a sample of 50 children – included asking participants to piece together a puzzle after practising on 2D and 3D forms. In the final test, the children who practised on the 3D model performed at the same level as the children who had practised on the 2D model, suggesting skills honed on the tablet were transferred to the physical puzzle.