"Parents should spend as much time with their children playing math games as they do reading to them."
ChildUp Early Learning Key #5: Games are great early learning tools
Indeed, academic learning is work that requires concentration, discipline, and perseverance. At the same time, in early education, play is as important as homework. Since Children like playing, and since many games are educational (block, puzzle, card and board games being among the most efficient during the first years), it’s a smart strategy to use them as favorite early learning tools, as well as rewards.