I loved playing board games when I was a child. My children love playing educational board games, mainly because they don’t realize that they are learning while they are playing board games. I feel like board games fit in perfectly with homeschooling! We have a great collection already, and keep adding to them as birthdays come and Christmas comes around.
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When you think about it what are you doing while you play a board game? You’re learning, or your kids are! Math, language, history, science, logic and so much more can be practiced without your kids ever catching on that real learning is taking place!
When learning is fun, kids learn so much fast and retain that knowledge better. That’s part of the reason we do hands-on science experiments all the time, we do them repeatedly.
Educational Board Games for Your Homeschool
These are some of our favorite games for learning – some are junior games listed here, some aren’t. I believe that all games can be played by kids, you just have to adapt it to your child’s level. For instance, my 7-year-old is almost too old for Monopoly Jr already because of her math skills.
Monopoly Jr. – Fun, Kid-Friendly Properties: buy cool properties such as the pet store, the candy store, and the video game arcade. Fast, Fun, and Simple to Play: easy rules use single dollar bills for simple transactions
Sorry! – Slide, collide and score to win the Sorry! Game. Kids draw cards to see how far they get to move one of the pawns on the board. If they land on a Slide they can zip to the end and bump their opponents’ pawns – or their own! Jump over pawns and hide in the Safety zone where opponents can’t go. Kids keep on moving and bumping until they get all three of their pawns from Start to Home. But watch out, because if the pawn gets bumped, Sorry! It’s all the way back to Start!
Connect Four – Challenge a friend to disc dropping fun with the classic game of Connect 4! Drop your red or yellow discs in the grid and be the first to get 4 in a row to win. If your opponent is getting too close to 4 in a row, block them with your own disc! Whoever wins can pull out the slider bar to release all the discs and start the fun all over again!
Clue – One murder… 6 suspects. In this suspenseful Clue game, players have to find out who’s responsible for murdering Mr. Boddy of Tudor Mansion in his own home. Get the scoop on the mansion’s rooms, weapons and guests and start detecting! Was it Plum with the wrench in the library? Or Green with the candlestick in the study? Eliminate information throughout the game in this classic whodunit. The player who correctly accuses Who, What, and Where wins!
The Game of Life – Great family game: Do you remember playing this classic Hasbro board game from your childhood, with instant setup and easy play, this exclusive edition is great fun to play when the family is together.
Trouble – The excitement begins as soon as a player presses the Pop-O-Matic bubble to roll the dice. Kids race to get all their game pieces around the board; but be careful! A player could get bumped and sent back to the beginning. Be the first player to get all 4 pegs into the Finish Zone to win.
Battleship – Battleship is the classic naval combat game that brings together competition, strategy, and excitement. In head-to-head battle, you search for the enemy’s fleet of ships and destroy them one by one. No ship is safe in this game of stealth and suspense.
Guess Who? – It’s the classic Guess Who? game – the original guessing game! Is your person wearing a hat? Does your person have blue eyes? Kids will delight in asking questions about an opponent’s mystery character. The first player to guess their opponent’s mystery character correctly wins the game!
Chutes and Ladders – Climb up and slide down in the exciting game of ups and downs, Chutes and Ladders! Has been enjoyed by families for generations. Players can see the square marked 100, but how will they get there?
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Scrabbles Jr. – What a great way for kids to play a favorite word game! Kid-sized words and colorful pictures make it fun to match letter tiles to words on the grid. Don’t worry, your little ones won’t outgrow this game; just turn the board over for the advanced level, where they come up with their own words.
Checkers & Chess – his game set includes both Chess and Checkers. You can enjoy two games in one purchase. It will be a great gift as one buy double fun!
Yahtzee! – The unique combination of luck and strategy makes every game an exciting challenge. Score 50 points with a Yahtzee!!
There are so many bard games out there. So many that I would love to have, but let’s face it, I’m running out of room to shore them.
What are some of your favorite board games to play as a family?
What were your favorite games to play as a child? I loved Operation, and it is completely different (in-store) now than when I was a child, though Amazon is awesome and has the original.