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Educational board games are the best!
We have always enjoyed playing board games as a family, but since we have been homeschooling (4 years now) we now incorporate them into our homeschool day.
As we have been homeschooling I thought I would share our favorite educational board games. Trust me, they are so much fun the kids have no idea they are really learning!
Some homeschoolers call this type of education gameschooling! I just love it, but you absolutely are learning while playing.
I have broken these board games into educational subjects for ease of reading, as there are loads!! In fact over 40 at the last count. If you know of one that I have not included please let me know in the comments below and I will add it.
If you are looking for Christmas board games check out our favorites in our latest blog post.
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Top 7 Educational Board Games
As this is such a mammoth list I have included our favorite educational board games for each subject area. This wasn’t an easy task as we love them all.
- Math – Yahtzee
- Word – P for Pizza
- Science – FReNeTiC (this is only available in the UK, keep reading for alternatives.)
- Geography – The World Game
- History – Chronology
- Strategy – Chess
- Civics – Election Night
If you have an only child and are looking for educational one player games check out our latest post.
Math Board Game Ideas
I have heard from a number of parents of children who normally go to school that math is the hardest subject to teach. The way children are taught math is completely different, certainly from when I attended, so I really understand the challenges. It is amazing how quickly the kids pick things up when they are having fun!
Yahtzee – A really great dice game for 1 or more players, ages over 8. This is often a game we will take on holiday as it comes in a small box and is lots of fun.
Prime Climb is a mathematical board game designed for 2 to 4 players. Roll the dice and add, subtract, multiply and divide your way to the center of the board. Picking up Prime cards and bumping your opponents back to start as you go. The first to land both pawns on 101 wins the game! Everyone can learn to multiply and divide using Prime Climb’s unique color-coding. Inspire deeper mathematical understanding while mastering arithmetic. Prime Climb can be used as an aid for home educators to teach and reinforce KS2 and KS3 maths content. Simple enough for kids (ages 10 and up), and dynamic enough for professional mathematicians. Prime Climb is a perfect game for families.
Learning Resources Money Bags Coin Value Game. Children can get hands-on money skills with this award-winning money board game from Learning Resources. Children practice identifying and counting HM Treasury approved realistic coins in this Money Bags Coin Value Game. Players simply roll the dice and move the corresponding number of spaces around the money-themed game board. Players note the financial amount shown on the space they land on and spin the spinner. The spinner determines which coins can be used to make value on the space. When a player passes the finish line, all players count their money. The player with the most wins! For 2-4 players. Suitable for ages 7+
Proof! a fast-paced mental math game. Teachers’ Choice Award-Winning Educational Game, Ages 9+.
Sum Swamp Board Game is a fun way to practice math, encourage basic drills through fun gameplay. Develop fluency in early math skills, perfect for ages 5+ for 2-4 players.
Adsumudi is a fun math game for kids aged 8-12 to practice multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. This game has three levels from easy through to hard which is perfect if you are playing with multiple ages.
Mathemagical World is an addition & subtraction math board game for kids ages 5+. We have not played this as we only found out about it recently and Freddie is too old. But the 5-star reviews look amazing, it definitely looks like a really fun math game.
Monopoly is a family favorite, if you are anything like us you will probably have at least two versions of this in your home. In fact, I am now tempted with a 3rd version, as they have a Friends set! But it is a great math game for the whole family to enjoy.
Brainbox Maths is a fast and fun memory game that does not require any pens, pencils, paper, playing board or even a table! Each round takes 10 seconds so all players are involved. A game lasts as long as you want it to. 10 minutes is the norm, but playing for 5 minutes is great fun also. BrainBox is educational and is perfect for families and groups of friends to play, wherever they are, on a level playing field. You can play solo or with as many people as you want. A player simply picks a card and studies it for 10 seconds before being asked a question from the back, chosen by the roll of a die. A correct answer means the card is kept, if not it is returned to the box. The player with most cards after 5 or 10 minutes wins!
City of Zombies – (only available in the UK) is a cooperative game for 1 to 6 players who must team up and help each other to survive. Players take turns to roll 3 Battle Dice, they can then add, subtract, multiply and divide dice together to build awesome attack combos in an attempt to take out as many Zombies as possible. Clear the board of Zombies to save Survivors and boost your score. Gain Heroes to help you fight Zombies and collect items along the way that modify your dice, weaken Zombies or even change the rules! City of Zombies helps children of all levels practice maths without them realizing it. The game rewards players with more ways to win as their maths skills improve. Maths has never been so much fun!
PLYT (only available in the UK) is a maths board game that is different because it’s competitive fun for all ages and abilities. Everyone is challenged (including adults) and everyone has the same chance to win. That’s why children love playing. They get so caught up in the competition they forget they’re learning and get a real buzz when they push themselves out of their comfort zone. It is progressive and won’t be outgrown in only a few weeks. As you improve, you can continue to step up the level of difficulty and continue playing for years. It’s PROVEN by independent research to help improve confidence with numbers in a fun and competitive way which is why it has been endorsed by the UK’s leading maths body, National Numeracy as one of the most effective games available.
Tables Tastic (only available in the UK) is a new fun family game to help children master multiplication without even realising they are learning!
The Best Word Educational Board Games
Bananagrams is a fast and fun word game that requires no pencil, paper or board. All you need is a table. One hand can be played in as little as five minutes. It is great for family fun as well as being educational. Bananagrams’ portability makes it perfect for travel. Just grab the pouch and go.
Scrabble – This needs no introduction and is a game that every family should have in their cupboards. It is a great game to play whether you homeschool or not. In fact, on some occasions, myself and my husband can be found playing it with a glass of wine!
Boggle – Earn points by spotting words your friends don’t before time runs out. Shake the grid to mix up the letter cubes. Then lift the lid and flip the timer. Players have 90 seconds to write down as many words as they can find on the grid before time is up. At the end of the round, score the words. If two or more players find the same word, that word doesn’t count. The player with the highest score wins. The game comes in an easy-to-store travel case for both timer and dice.
Story Cubes – Simply roll the nine dice and begin your story – Once upon a time…. and use the embossed images to spark your imagination. With just four lines of instructions and no time or story length limits and no right or wrong answers, anyone can become a storyteller. Rory’s Story Cubes are a fun way to inspire creative thinking, encourage social confidence, develop language, improve vocabulary and promote problem-solving skills for ages six and above. Presented in a little magnetic box Rory’s Story Cubes are suitable for travel. The nine dice, each with an individual image on all sides holds a total of 54 images. This means that with every roll, there are over a million combinations to use for storytelling inspiration.
P for Pizza: A Word Race to Build a Giant Pizza Slice. Tuck into this fast-paced word game where the aim is to shout out a word that links the letter on one card to the category on another. This one is on our Christmas list this year! It looks so much fun.
Upwords – High staking, word building game for kids 8+. The higher you stack, the higher you score! In Upwords, each player starts with 7 letter tiles. Play words across or down to make new words or stack on top of tiles to change a word.
Blank Slate is another firm family favorite that we play at least once a month. It is a fun family-friendly word association game and we love it.
Last Word is a new one for us and is aimed at kids over the age of 14 so certainly not for the younger children. Each round players blurt out answers to “Subject” and “Letter” combinations in a race to beat other players and get the last word before the buzzer!
Science Board Game Ideas
Periodic: A Game of The Elements Game. A science game where players move across the periodic table to collect elements using the periodic trends. For 2-6 players for ages 10+
Genius Star The aim of the game is to fill the 11 colored shapes in the 7 positioned blockers to complete a “STAR”. There are 165,888 possible solutions in the 48 triangle spaces grid. This is a new one I have recently come across and I loved the look of it so much it is now in my shopping cart!
STEM Family Battle challenging STEM trivia game while kids team up against you…and learn as they play. Full of traps, sneaky shortcuts, and secret details. Aimed at older children.
Science Ninjas Valence Card Game – Advanced Chemistry + Simple Rules + Ninjas! Teach Kids How Molecules Form and Chemicals Interact!
Dr. Eureka Speed Logic Game Race to solve the formula by moving your molecules from tube to tube without touching them or dropping them! For kids aged 8+
FReNeTiC Board Game Unfortunately this is only available in the UK. I think this is the BEST educational board game on the market. It is great for maths (adding up the scores), science (learning the periodic table), English (creating words), and strategy (trying to find the best words if there is a double or triple letter tile on the board.) We all love it, even the older kids (20 and 24) ask to play it when they come and visit. It is like a clever scrabble where you have to make words with tiles on the board. However, it is so much harder, all of the tiles are from the periodic tables! I can not recommend this game highly enough, but you can read my full review of Frenetics before you buy.
If you are looking for science kits for kids check out our recent post.
Geography Board Games
Flags of the World – Name the country, claim the flag in a trivia trip around the world! Ideal for geography-lovers. Flags around the world is the family game with multiple-choice questions about every country. Learn about countries and capital cities as you collect Flags to win. 2-5 players; age 8+.
Ticket to Ride: Europe takes you on a new train adventure across Europe. From Edinburgh to Constantinople and from Lisbon to Moscow, you’ll visit great cities of turn-of-the-century Europe. Collect and play train cards in order to place your pieces on the board, attempting to connect cities on your ticket cards. Points are earned both from placing trains and completing tickets, but uncompleted tickets lose you points. The player who has the most points at the end of the game wins.
The World Game is a fantastic card game, aimed at children over the age of 8.
Continent Race Geography Game for kids was created by 6-year-old Byron during a long hospital stay. He combined his passion for geography with a desire to help boys and girls like him learn and have fun during their hospital stay – and beyond! For 2+ players.
Guess in 10 – Countries of the World is a great trivia game for kids 8 and up.
Trekking The National Parks Winner Of The Mensa And Parent’s Choice Award this is a great game for the whole family.
Top Trumps – Wonders of the World – Thirty of the most breathtaking and awe-inspiring sights that Planet Earth has to offer. Including the world’s most dangerous volcano (hot stuff), a gigantic South American glacier (pretty cool), and the only living thing visible from space (clue: it’s not a sumo wrestler). The world’s a pretty awesome place. So what are you waiting for – grab this pack now and start wowing your mates with your mind-blowing Top Trumps knowledge.
History Board Game Ideas
CHRONOLOGY – The Game Where You Make History. Think you know which came first – the invention of mayonnaise or decaffeinated coffee? Lincoln’s Gettysburg address or John Deere’s first plow? This is a new one I came across when writing this post, and I have already ordered it! It definitely is a game we would enjoy.
Catan Histories for children aged 12+, a rise of the Inkas board game. This is also a strategy game, but included it here as I couldn’t find many board games for history! Long before the Inkan Empire rose to dominance in Peru, many advanced indigenous cultures developed and declined in the Andean regions of South America.
History of the World for kids over the age of 14.
Strategy Educational Board Games
Chess – Again another game that needs no introduction. We have always enjoyed playing chess especially when the stepchildren were younger, so Freddie has been playing chess for a number of years. In fact, he is so good he can beat me now.
Ingenious is a game that is in a league of its own. Quick to play, beautiful, and one of the more “clever” board games for kids. The game involves scoring points by placing your color tiles on a hexagonal board while trying to block your opponents from scoring points. Although it sounds simplistic, the game actually is a real challenge. The game has a nearly unlimited amount of strategies and a unique scoring system. Every game is different and challenging.
Carcassonne – players build the area surrounding this impressive city, one tile at a time. They then place a follower on fields, cities, roads, or monasteries in order to score as many points as possible. These followers will become knights, monks, farmers, and thieves, depending on where they are placed. Check out our full review of Carcassonne
Civics Educational Board Games
Election Night is a super fun way to learn essential math, geography, and civics while strategizing your way to The White House.
What are your favorite educational board games? Please let me know in the comments below.
Last Updated on 18 November 2021 by homeschoolof1