My active kids love to learn (or show what they’ve learned) with games. Educational games have been an important part of our unit celebrations for years, and this year, I’ve included more in our daily routine to help us get through our Monday struggles. While we don’t use those educational games as our primary curriculum, I definitely want to incorporate more of them into our regular curriculum next year.
Which means I’ve been scouting, keeping an eye out for top-notch educational games to add to our collection. I’ve got a pretty good list going with lots of great educational game ideas for the different subject areas. Not all are necessarily on my wish list, but they make it onto yours. So I’m including all of my scouting work here for you.
Educational Games for Math
- Sector 18 (formerly Number Rings)*
- Fraction Matchin’
- Smath* or Mobi Max
- Even Steven’s Odd
- Incan Gold (division)
- Pizza Fraction Fun
- Race to the Treasure (grid coordinates)
- Number Ninjas
* We own these games, and I absolutely love them!
Educational Games for Science
- Into the Forest (natural food chain relationships)
- Hit the Habitat Trail (animals & habitats)—on my wish list!
- Sci or Fi Files
- Some Body Human Anatomy game—on my wish list, too!
Educational Games for Social Studies/History
My list here is pretty short, but there are a ton of free games you can find online. A couple of my favorite websites to search are Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool and Ellen McHenry. We’ve also gotten a number of favorites through our notebooking activity packs from Homeschool in the Woods. We also own a pack of Professor Noggin ancient history cards that we used for history Headbandz game at our last unit celebration.
Educational Games for Language Arts
- Pharaoh’s Phonics
- Rhyme Out
- Story Cubes
- Alphabet Island
- Word Pirates (spelling)*
- Bananagrams (own it, and love it!)
- Stepping Stones: the Expository Writing Game*
- The Storymatic Kids
- Tell Tale Pocket Game
- Cooking up Sentences: parts of speech game *
- Comprehension Blast Off game (reading comprehension skills) *
- Create-a-Story Board Game
*These games are on my wish list as well!
Another great resource to look for hands-on learning resources and educational games is TeacherspayTeachers.com. What other resources, websites, and educational games do you recommend? Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments as well. I’d love to know what your favorites are.