Let’s talk about educational games and learning through play. I know you’re busy planning your homeschool year. It’s time to dig in and decide what curriculum we want to present to our kids this year. These are not easy decisions and the process takes time. We have all the subjects to consider, the literature and child-specific reading materials, the electives, the supporting material for field trips, and on and on. So why I am asking you to consider educational games?
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Well, my son has an ADHD mind, and I have tried every approach I could find to get him interested in certain subjects. Through the process, I discovered that learning through play is one of the most effective ways to help a child absorb a lesson. We turned Fridays into Fundays and spent the second half of our school day immersed in games, creating art, or on educational field trips. It was a total gamechanger for the tone of our homeschool.
With the addition of educational games, we both had something to look forward to and work toward. It felt like a well-deserved break just before we welcomed the weekend and some of our best learning happened during Friday Funday. So I wanted to take a moment to encourage you to give this a try. And I have some suggestions for educational games that I think you will enjoy.
Educational Games for Your Homeschool
Geography Games for Kids
This collection of educational games for kids will teach all about geography. T loved The Scrambled States the best!
Ticket to Ride First Journey Board Game – First Journey offers unique rules designed for a younger audience that retain the strategy, charm, and fun of the original Ticket to Ride. The whole family will enjoy claiming routes and completing Tickets!
The Scrambled States of America – Quick! Find a state that ends with the letter A. Now find one that borders Tennessee. Have fun learning about the United States in this madcap game of observation and quick reflexes.
Sweep the World Card Game – Interactive Geography Game with All Countries of The World – This interactive geography game is not only fun and competitive but also can help you learn interesting facts about the world’s countries. The cards contain information about population, geographic location, and the respective country’s flag colors.
Race Across the USA Game – This fun game from Scholastic will have your kids learning all about the USA! Visit six states, answer geography questions, then get back to your home state to win!
Continent Race – Play this fast-paced learning and educational game for kids at home or in school, individually or in teams. It’s a race around the globe to see who can collect the most countries from each continent first.
I’ve been doing this homeschool thing for almost eight years now. In the beginning, our homeschool space consisted of the kitchen table and occasionally overflowed into the living room cluttering up the coffee table. By the second year, I had learned that having a defined space that is set aside exclusively for learning is critical to our success. Over the years I have added and taken away from our homeschool space until I finally feel that I have a good grasp on what exactly it takes to set up and organize a productive homeschool classroom.
Math Games for Kids
Math can be difficult so resources like these educational games can take off the pressure and make learning Math a blast!
Our favorite Math Game – Clumsy Thief! – A hilarious game of give-and-take where kids develop confidence and solid math skills. Every player has fun as cards are constantly changing hands!
Osmo – Pizza Co. Communication Skills and Math Learning Game –Make pizza for customers, collect payment & make change (dollars/coins), & learn the profitability of your business. Additional game concepts include: Addition, Subtraction, Fractions, mental math, design, and communication skills.
Money Bags – Players collect, count, and exchange money all the way to the finish line.
Sum Swamp – Encourage basic math drills through fun gameplay with Sum Swamp. Race through the swamp while facing math challenges and meeting funny swamp creatures along the way!
Language Games for Kids
Educational Games are a great way to teach sight words and build your child’s inner storyteller! T and I play a lot of Scrabble and I honestly think it has contributed to his amazing vocabulary.
Sight Word Swat – Learning Resources – a Sight Words Game! Build reading, spelling, and vocabulary skills through playful competition with up to 4 players. The element of speed promotes confidence and fluency in reading.
Sight Words Bingo – Set includes 36 playing cards, 264 playing chips, caller’s mat, cards, and a sturdy storage box.
Scrabble Junior – Scrabble Junior is letter-matching fun for your little one. This 2-sided gameboard has an advanced level on the opposite side.
Tall Tales Story Telling Board Game – 7 Time Award Winner – A friendly, non-competitive game kids and adults can play. A storytelling game where the only limit is your imagination! No reading is required.
Dixit – Storytelling Game for Kids and Adults – Dixit is the classic, simple, lighthearted game of storytelling and guesswork where your imagination unlocks the tale. Every picture tells a story – but what story will your picture tell?
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Science Games for Kids
Science experiments are a whole lot of fun but they can be a lot of effort and clean up too. Consider these simple and easily contained educational games about Science for your lesson plan!
Rock Bingo – A great way to learn Geology! Play Rock Bingo, Mineral Memory, Gemstone Trivia, & Card Games with this fun set from National Geographic.
Cytosis – Learn cell biology from a science game! Players build enzymes, hormones, and receptors and play with proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and DNA or mRNA, just like in biology class. This game is great on a learning table in a classroom to teach students about various parts of cell biology, including animal cell organelles, enzymes, and hormones.
Professor Noggin’s Earth Science Trivia Card Game – Weather is a favorite topic amongst kids and adults! Learn a ton of interesting fun facts from Atmosphere to Hoodoos and Tornadoes in this fun Earth Science kids card game!
Science Ninjas: Valence Card Game – In Valence, you’ll assemble teams of Science Ninjas to build new molecules out of elements to earn points and win the card game! But beware – opponents can break down your Bases with Acid assaults!
History Games for Kids
Documentaries and museums are great but don’t miss out on the learning fun you can have at home with these great games all about History!
Chronology – Build your own timeline of cards. Someone will read you a historical event from a card. You decide where that event falls in your timeline. If you are right, keep the card and your timeline grows. The first player to build a timeline of 10 cards wins!
Constitution Quest Game – Includes a complimentary copy of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Fun and educational for the classroom, family, or friends.
Professor Noggin’s History of The United States Trivia Card Game – Get ready for a fun card game that teaches about famous discoveries, people of the Revolution, and African Americans in history! This kid’s card game makes learning history fun for all ages!
Constitution Games We the People Fight Tyranny – Finally, an entertaining game that teaches American history from the perspective of the Founding Fathers and within the context of today’s world.
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ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game – Toy of the Year Award Winner! Playing your way through the challenges builds spatial reasoning and planning skills, and is partly an engineering and building toy that provides a great stealth learning experience for young players.
STEM Family Battle – Family game night will never be the same – Prepare to be stumped by this seriously challenging STEM trivia game while kids team up against you…and learn as they play. Full of traps, sneaky shortcuts, and secret details. 800 balanced Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math questions for both kids and adults including references to video games and other pop culture tropes.
Colorful 3D Blocks Game – Use common geometric patterns and colors to keep children busy with different options to play with. Solving puzzles themselves helps to keep kids’ brains focused and adds creativity to eye-hand coordination and color & shape recognition. It’s better than on-screen!
Azul – Azul is a tile-placement game in which players become artisans tasked with creating the most beautiful tiled mosaics. Compete for the highest score by claiming tiles and arranging them on your board to score points
Most homeschool students are involved in sports but don’t forget about the importance of teaching mindfulness and having daily exercise options at home! These fun educational games can help!
Mindfulness Game – 150 CARDS 3 GAMES IN 1 BOX: Spend quality time with children exploring the concept of mindfulness through a series of experiments, yoga and meditations exercises, fun competitions, and questions.
Electronic Dance Mats – This fun dance mat also includes 37 kinds of leisure sports games, such as basketball, archery, tennis, racing car, crazy fighters, catching fish, and more.
Exercise Dice for Kids – 12-sided big dice for kids. Roll to get different animals, and do the actions shown on the exercise dice. Improves fitness, coordination, and gross motor skills. Encourages solo play or interaction in groups.
Turtle Steps Balance Stepping Stones Obstacle Course – This set includes 3 large turtle shell stepping stones, 3 medium turtle shell stepping stones, 24 activity cards with turtle facts, a colorful spinner, instructions, and additional game suggestions.
Some Freebies For Your Homeschool Year from Geez, Gwen!
- Printable Scripture Sheets For Students and Teachers – Perfect for your lesson plans and whiteboard!
- Printable Journal Prompts To Build Self-Esteem and Confidence – This collection of writing prompts is designed to improve our teen’s self-esteem one journal entry at a time.
- Bee Happy Fingerprint Art Project – A great and simple craft for your next Friday Funday!
- Daily Affirmation and Intention Cards for Kids – A great addition to your morning basket or weekly focus!
- Good Manners Star Charts and Handwashing Poem – These are divided into two charts with five good manners to earn stars for in each one. The handwashing poem can be framed for the bathroom and should take your child 15-20 seconds to recite. This is the recommended time for kids to fully wash their hands.
If you have a fun educational game you would like to share with the homeschool community please be sure to share it in the comments section below! We appreciate your input.
Wishing you an amazing school year ahead,
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