Educational Board Games
When your kids are burnt out on textbooks and workbooks, break out the games! Most games that have been designed for older kids can be modified for younger ones, and you can turn any game into something educational with a little creative thinking! Here you'll find a variety of educational board games and card games based on strategy, chance, or a combination of both, that lets your kids have fun while they learn.
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TriBond Jr., The Game that asks..."What Do These 3 Have In Common?" is a great game to play with teams. Kids move around the game board by correctly answering Threezer riddles written specially with their interests in mind. Using your bean, your melon, your noodle… has never been this much fun! Ages 12 and up.
USA States and Capitals Bingo makes memorizing states and their capitals fun! There are 4 different ways to play using double-sided game boards and calling cards. Children learn state names, abbreviations, capitals, and shapes. Ages 8 and up.
Journey through time with the Way Back When in History fun and educational board game. Players travel through five time periods in early America: Explorers, 13 Colonies, American Revolution, Constitution and the Civil War. The game aligns with national and state standards and is a superb learning tool. Adults and children test their knowledge in an engaging and fun experience. Ages 8 and up.
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is a mystery/geography board game based on the fictional Carmen Sandiego. In the game, detectives try to capture Sandiego by chasing after her on a printed world map. Players must answer geography questions to advance on the board. This game is no longer being manufactured, but you can find it on Amazon. Ages 10 and up.
Wiz Kidz is a quick thinking card game. Includes 2 decks of cards, one with questions, the other with letters. Draw one of each and have fun with the answer. Highly adaptable for any age level, and scorekeeping is optional. This game is available at the manufacturer's website, and you can sometimes find it at a discount on Amazon. Ages 7 and up
Word Shout, the Roll It, Find It, Say It, Take It!™ dice game, is a fast-paced game where players race each other to find words and collect dice for points. Every roll is different, so you never know what words you'll find. Remove the "race" element and this game is adaptable for younger players. A fun way to strengthen spelling and word building skills. Ages 8 and up.
Upwords is a 3-dimensional word building Scrabble game that can be played as a group or solo. Stack letters on top of other letters to form new words. Upwords also makes a great game for practicing word families with younger children. Ages 8 and up.
Visual Eyes (The 'What You See is What You Get' Game!) is perfect for building compound words and developing creative thinking skills. It only takes seconds to learn! Shake 19 extra large colorful dice to display thousands of combinations of simple icons. Race against each other and the clock to find familiar words and phrases. Ages 8 and up.
A great way for younger players to practice their word recognition and spelling skills, What's Gnu is a fun confidence-builder. Players slide the “Letter Getter” forward to reveal two letter tiles, and then use them to create three-letter words by filling in the blanks on their Word-Starter cards. The player who spells the greatest number of words wins. Ages 5 and up.
Where in the World? A World Awareness Game offers a variety of games to help kids (and adults) learn countries' names, locations, capitals, languages, population, religions, and more. Six games on six levels of play offer players of all ages a complete up-to-date tour of world geography. Learn the names, locations and vital facts of all 196 countries! Ages 8 and up.
Students challenge their phonics skills as they hurry to build words within a two-minute time limit. (Omit the timer to make it less challenging.) Word for Word Phonics Game can be played at multiple levels and can be customized to practice specific reading and word-building skills. Includes 112 color-coded Reading Rods, one two-minute timer, four pencils, one score pad and instructions. Grades 2 and up.
An oldie-but-goodie! Like Yahtzee only you're making words. Unfortunately, this game is no longer being manufactured, but if you're lucky enough to find it at a yard sale, on Amazon, or on eBay, it's a great word building game. (And adding all those points makes it a math game, too!)