We chose to homeschool our 3 year old and 10 year old this year, so I’ve been putting supplies together. I believe that when you’re having fun while you’re learning, you are much more likely to retain the information. So, we are gradually adding educational games for kids that are fun, too. We have all kinds of different games from working fine motor skills to learning to use logic to solve problems. This post contains affiliate links.
I’ve put together a list of some of our favorite educational games for kids that we play all the time. Some of these games you might not realize are educational like the Trolls Operation game, which I use for fine motor skills.
I LOVE logic problems. I first started doing them when I was in elementary school. I think they are a great way to teach critical thinking skills and deductive reasoning, which are both so important in the information age.
Two of my favorites right now are Cat Crimes and Dog Crimes. Each is a one-player game for kids. They’re easy to set up and include a stack of cards. The cards go from beginner to hard where there is a list of clues so you can determine who is guilty of the crime.
My 10 year old needed a little bit of help starting out, but once we solved a couple together, she was on a roll.
If you have a child who struggles with working memory, games like Mastermind are perfect to get those memory muscles working. They also work well with deductive reasoning, too.
Social Studies Games
I could not pass up Race Across the USA for my daughter. Texas history is a big thing in public school here, but I noticed my kids don’t really know a whole lot about the entire USA. I thought this game might help us learn more about the whole country. It’s not just learning capitals because it’s also full of fun trivia about each state.
We have struggled with multiplication tables, which makes more advanced math even harder. I found Proof and thought this just might be the ticket to get her remembering. Gamification makes learning so much easier when it’s fun.
Racko is another fun one. I used to play this as a kid with my grandma. It’s a sorting game where your goal is to get your cards in descending order as fast as possible. It’s fun, quick, and challenging.