Games are the perfect way to infuse some delight and wonder into your homeschool. Did you know some homeschoolers build their entire curriculum around games? Even if you don’t go that far, we all know that learning happens best when kids are engaged and having fun. Adding one of these games to your homeschool day is sure to put a smile on your children’s faces and help them learn without even realizing it.
Your little ones won’t even realize they’re practicing counting, pattern recognition and number matching skills. Designed for ages 4 to 6, this is a game older kids and adults won’t mind joining in!
In this game players reach into the popcorn box and pull out one of 92 sight words printed on a popcorn kernel. Fast-paced and fun, this is a great way to build up your early readers. Perfect for ages 5 to 7.
Players add and subtract the numbers on the dice to travel through the swamp. If you’re using flashcards to practice basic arithmetic with your 5 to 8-year-olds, try this to reinforce the same skills in a playful way.
Balance Beans is a single-player game that teaches basic math and physics to kids a young as 5. With 40 balancing challenges of increasing difficulty, players will have to use logic and reasoning to find the solution.
If studying the human body is in your homeschool plans, you’ll definitely want to pick up SomeBody. With 5 different human anatomy games of increasing difficulty, you’ll find something for every student from kindergartners up to fifth grade. You’ll learn the names of organs, bones and muscles as well as their functions and locations. There are even ideas for simple experiments to build on the facts you’re learning.
Your kids will love playing around with words using these 250 color-coded puzzle pieces. This game can be used for practicing sight words, building silly sentences, working with different parts of speech, or modelling grammar skills in a hands-on way. Great for ages 5 and up.
Blokus is a strategy game that kids as young as 5 can grasp. Reminiscent of Tetris, you place your different shaped tiles on the board, but each tile must be touching one of your previously placed pieces in just one corner. You have to plan ahead to block your opponents, take over new territory, and fit in all your tiles before you run out of room.
Jump start your book discussions with these foam cubes color-coded with questions for before, during and after reading. These can be used with a single student or the whole family. Designed for ages 6 and up.
This is the game for practicing money skills like counting coins and making change. Perfect for preschoolers to elementary aged kids, they’ll practice counting by 5’s and 10’s, recognizing different types of coins and bills, and calculating how much each is worth.
Fractions can be tricky, but this hands-on game makes them easy to grasp. With seven different games for different levels of mastery your kids can practice concepts like naming fractions, identifying equivalents and adding and subtracting fractions. Designed for 2 – 6 players, ages 6 and up.
If your family loves Scrabble or Boggle, you’ll definitely want to give Bananagrams a try! This one is easy to toss in a bag or purse to pull out while waiting at a restaurant or killing time at an appointment. Everyone in the family can play at once and it’s fun for any age once your kiddos have some basic spelling skills (usually ages 7 and up is ideal). Even big kids and teenagers will want to join in the fun!
This classic game is a great one for practicing strategy and logic. Accommodating up to 12 players at a time, it’s perfect for large families where everyone wants to get in on the action. Designed for ages 7 up to adults.
Players race to match the pattern with their 16 colored cubes in this challenging game of spatial reasoning and speed. Fun for kids ages 8 and up, you can play with 2 to 4 players.
This single player logic game will provide hours of entertainment for your kids ages 8 and up. With 40 different challenges for beginners up to experts, kids can progress at their own pace while sharpening cognitive skills.
If you’re studying world geography, this is the game for your family. With 6 different ways to play including both card games and board games, you’ll learn names and locations of countries and regions, facts about different countries, and current events. Great for ages 8 and up.
We hope you find an awesome game (or two) to add to your family collection and experience the fun of learning through games!
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