Just because your children are spending more time learning at home doesn’t mean they can’t have fun, too! As your family adjusts to a new educational routine, focus on ways to make learning at home engaging. Today I am going to break away from technology and introduce some of my favorite educational games. That’s right! Good old-fashioned games with pieces to hold. These 10 educational games are the perfect way for your family to pass the time and have a little fun learning at the same time.
10 Educational Games Parents and Kids Can Play Together
There are so many great educational opportunities with this fun game! But the best part about Bananagrams is that it is fun for the entire family. This simple game is made up of only letter tiles. To play, you must race to spell out as many words as you can in a crossword grid. The first to use up all the letters they’ve been dealt wins! I love the Big Letter Bananagrams version. It plays just like the regular version of Bananagrams, but the larger letters make it easier for younger kids and kids with visual challenges to play along.
Younger kids can use Bananagrams to practice letters and spelling, like:
- Matching letters
- Spelling their name or sight words
- Putting letters in order
- Sorting by vowels and consonants
And older children can benefit from practicing their:
- Spelling skills
- Critical thinking
If you are looking for a STEM educational game, Rush Hour is my top pick. Kids flex their critical thinking and logic muscles as they get a red car out of different traffic jam patterns. The game comes with 40 card challenges which range from beginner to expert. So this game will grow with your child. It’s composed of durable plastic. They cards are study and laminated. And, it set comes in a handy cloth drawstring bag for easy storage. This game transports well. So, it’s easy to grab and go when you want to take an educational game along in the car. Rush Hour is perfect for kids 8 & up. And you can get Rush Hour Jr. for younger kids.
Rush Hour helps your children learn:
- Strategy Skills
- Logic and Critical Thinking Skills
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Whether you have older kids who would play traditional Scrabble without issue or you have younger children who may benefit from playing Scrabble Junior, this classic word game is a great way to learn and play at the same time. Scrabble Junior is a great choice for growing families – one side features pictures and pre-printed words for letter matching and the other is blank like a traditional Scrabble board.
No matter what way you play, Scrabble is great for teaching:
- Letter recognition
- Basic reading and writing
What could be more fun for a kid than building their own bug? Kids will have a blast rolling the dice and putting together a Cootie. With a simple picture gameboard and dice, this game is great for families with kids both young and old. And it’s so fun, your kids probably won’t even notice they’re learning as they play!
Cootie is perfect for helping your kids:
- Practice counting on a dice
- Identifying numbers
- Learning bug body parts
- Reading a picture chart
Help your kids learn to code with this fun board game. In Robot Wars, players battle each other’s robots using Java script cards. The makers of Robot Wars have tossed lots of learning into this educational game. But, just let the kids have a blast playing. There is no need to tell them they are learning while playing.
Some of the skills your kids will learn while playing this educational game:
- Coding language
- Math concepts
If your kids know their colors and numbers, they can play Uno. And that means it’s a game that just about everyone in the family will enjoy playing together. To play, players must match colors or numbers to the card being played. The first one out of cards wins. Like many classic games, there are some really cool variations of Uno available. If your kids love Minecraft, be sure to check out the Minecraft Uno version. Uno Spash is a great option if your family is looking for a waterproof set. My family loves Uno Attack.
Regardless of the version, Uno is great game for learning! It helps your children practice:
- Color matching
- Number matching
- Strategy and critical thinking
To play In a Pickle, your children must have a good grasp of the English language and be able to read and compare words easily, which means it’s great for families with elementary aged children or older. This word-based card game requires players to match cards in their hands with the cards being played on the table. But in addition to being able to match the cards, players must also explain their choice.
In a Pickle is great for helping older children:
- Expand their vocabulary
- Enhance their critical thinking skills
- Improve their communication skills
Turn classic playing cards into a fun strategy game with Sequence. This simple game is easy enough for kids to play but also provides a fun challenge for the adults in the family. Sequence for Kids is available for kids ages 3-6.
Kids will get some practice with these skills while playing Sequence:
- Pattern recognition
- Critical thinking and strategy
Parents who were fans of the video game Tetris will love this simple board game! The game board is a blank grid on which players must place colored pieces. In Blokus, each player takes a turn adding a piece to the board, ensuring that one piece touches just the corners of a piece of the same color.
Blokus helps kids practice:
- Critical thinking skills
- Spatial reasoning
Another classic board game that’s great for learning and fun for the entire family is Yahtzee! This simple dice game is always action-packed. My guess is many of you have Yahtzee in your game closet and might not have considered using it as an educational game as you are overseeing your child’s education at home. Yahtzee is one of those games that you can pull out and use to get some extra math practice in with your kids.
Yahtzee isn’t just a classic game to pull out for family game night. It’s a fantastic educational game you can use to help your kids learn:
- Critical thinking
- Counting and multiplication