The 8 Best Educational Games For Kids of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Wit's End Junior at Amazon

"The board game teaches kids ages 8 to 12 about history, science, geography, and more as they develop skills such as reasoning."

Stare! Junior Edition at Amazon

"This two- to six-person game helps kids develop memory and concentration and is best suited for ages 6 through 12."

Sequence for Kids at Walmart

"With adorable, easy to identify animal-themed cards, this is an excellent game for younger grade-schoolers ages 3 to 6."

Rush Hour Traffic Gam Logic Game at Amazon

"The objective is to get a red car out of different traffic jam patterns, which develops logic and critical thinking in kids."

Bananagrams Word Game at Amazon

"Each player takes a set number of letters and works independently on his or her own surface area to create intersecting words."

Boggle at Amazon

"A classic game that’s still one of the most fun for family get-togethers, it's a great vocabulary builder for kids ages 8 and up."

Qwirkle Board Game at Amazon

"Meant for kids ages 6 and up, this game is somewhat like Scrabble, only with shapes and colors instead of letters."

One Up at Amazon

"The game becomes more challenging as the players move more spaces and there is limited space to maneuver."

If you're a parent of a school-age child who is looking for ideas for fun and educational games to play when stuck at home, look no further. 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.

Our Top Picks

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Wit's End Junior

Wit's End Junior Edition

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The Wit's End Junior board game teaches kids ages 8 to 12 about history, science, geography, and more as they develop skills such as reasoning, sequencing, and concentration. 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.

The two to six-person game 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 children of different ages can play together.

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Stare! Junior Edition

Stare Junior

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This two- to six-person game helps kids develop memory and concentration. Players take 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. The game comes with 160 image cards with 960 questions, and is best suited for children ages 6 to 12.

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Sequence for Kids

sequence for kids

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This board game can be played with two to four players. It teaches kids strategy and encourages the development of skills, such as memory and concentration. This is an excellent game for younger grade-schoolers and is best suited for kids ages 3 to 6 (although younger kids may need a little help from a grownup).

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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Rush Hour Traffic Gam Logic Game

The single-player game teaches kids ages 8 and up to use logic and reasoning, it develops critical thinking, strategy development, and problem-solving skills.

The objective of the game is to 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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Bananagrams Word Game

This game for two to eight players can help kids increase their vocabulary and develop spelling skills. 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. The game is best suited for kids 7 and up, and shouldn't be used by younger children because the small parts of the game could be a choking hazard for kids under 3.

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Boggle

A classic game that’s still one of the most fun for family get-togethers, it's a great vocabulary builder for kids ages 8 and up, and encourages spelling and spatial visualization.

Letters are shaken up and dropped into the grid. Then, players have three 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 score different ages separately, just to keep things fair.

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Qwirkle Board Game

Meant for kids ages 6 and up, this two- to four-player board game encourages planning of tactical maneuvers and strategy. 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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One Up

In this strategic game for kids ages 8 and up, 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. The game is meant for two to four players.

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