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Best Educational Kids' Games for School Age Children

Some great games that are sure to be fun for the whole family

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Looking for ideas for educational kids games for your grade-schooler? School age is a perfect time to introduce kids to educational games and puzzles that are challenging and fun. Your child can flex her word skills and math muscles with classic games like Scrabble and Monopoly, as well as these other developmental educational games that will challenge a child’s mind and get the whole family laughing.

1. Wit’s End Junior

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  • For ages 8 to 12
  • 2 to 6 players
Why It’s One of the Best Educational Kids Games:

Kids can learn history, science, geography, and more as they develop skills such as reasoning, sequencing, and concentrating. Kids are also challenged to think about rhymes and riddles; sort things in order (by size, weight, distance, etc.); identify things that do not belong in a group; and so on.

Educational Kids Games Features:

Features more than 1,200 questions on 160 cards. One side of each card has questions for kids ages 8 to 10 and the other side has questions designed for kids 11 to 12 so that kids of different ages can play together.

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2. Stare! Junior Edition

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  • For ages 6 to 12
  • 2 to 6 players
Why It’s One of the Best Educational Kids Games:

Develops memory and concentration

Educational Kids Games Features:

Players takes turns staring at a picture full of information for 30 seconds. Then they are asked a series of questions to test how much they can remember about the picture. Comes with 160 image cards with 960 questions.

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3. Sequence for Kids

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  • For ages 3 to 6 (though many younger kids may need help from a grown-up)
  • 2 to 4 players
Why It’s One of the Best Educational Kids Games:

Teaches strategy, encourages development of skills such as memory and concentration.

Educational Kids Games Features:

This is an excellent game for younger grade-schoolers. Players take turns picking up cards and placing chips on corresponding pictures on the board. To win, a player must get four chips in a row. The pictures of the animals are easy to identify and match up. Older grade-schoolers can play the more challenging Sequence game for ages 7 and over, which has more cards and requires getting five chips in a row.

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4. Rush Hour

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  • For ages 8 to adult
  • Single player (though kids can take turns solving each traffic jam puzzle card)
Why It’s One of the Best Educational Kids Games:

Teaches kids to use logic and reasoning; develops critical thinking, strategy development and problem solving skills.

Educational Kids Games Features:

The object of the game is get a red car out of different traffic jam patterns, which are set up according to cards. There are 40 cards, which gradually increase in difficulty. Younger kids can figure out how to beat their own easier versions of traffic jams with Rush Hour Jr.

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5. Bananagrams

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  • For ages 7 and up
  • 2 to 8 players (or more if you get additional letter tiles)
Why It’s One of the Best Educational Kids Games:

Can help increase vocabulary and develop spelling

Educational Kids Games Features:

Each player takes a set number of letters and works independently on his or her own surface area to create intersecting words, just as you do on a Scrabble board (only without the restrictions of set squares or the frustration of losing possible places to set your words to another player). The challenge is to use as many of your letters as possible. The player who has no more letter tiles is the winner.

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6. Boggle

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  • For ages 8 and up
  • 2 to 6 players
Why It’s One of the Best Educational Kids Games:

Great vocabulary builder; encourages spelling and spatial visualization.

Educational Kids Games Features:

A classic game that’s still one of the most fun for family get-togethers. Letters are shaken up and dropped into the grid. Then, players have 3 minutes to find as many words -- with the highest point value -- as they can. The one caveat: When kids play with adults, you may want to keep score different ages separately, just to keep things fair.

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7. Pentago

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  • For ages 6 and up
  • 2 players
Why It’s One of the Best Educational Kids Games:

Teaches strategy and logic; also sharpens visualization and spatial orientation skills.

Educational Kids Games Features:

Each player takes turns placing a marble on the board. The twist: You also turn any of the four moveable blocks of the game board 90 degrees in any direction. The goal of the game is to get five marbles of your color on the board before your opponent does.

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8. Qwirkle

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  • For ages 6 and up
  • 2 to 4 players
Why It’s One of the Best Educational Kids Games:

Encourages planning of tactical maneuvers and strategy.

Educational Kids Games Features:

Players create rows and columns of matching colors and shapes. In simple terms, this game is somewhat like Scrabble, only with shapes and colors instead of letters. A player can get a big score by placing a tile that touches several pieces with matching shapes and colors. The winner is the player with the most points.

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9. One Up

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  • For ages 8 and up
  • 2 to 4 players
Why It’s One of the Best Educational Kids Games:

Encourages kids to think strategically

Educational Kids Games Features:

Each player moves a bearing one space, then two, then three and so on. The game becomes more challenging as the players move more spaces and there is limited space to maneuver. To win, a player must line up four of the same colored bearings.

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