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Educational Games You Want Your Kids to Get Hooked On

Kids love technology - especially when it’s fun.

Kids love technology - especially when it’s fun. There are so many options for various grades and subjects. You can set up apps on a laptop, desktop, tablet, or smart phone. You may even be required by school to do some kind of online game or practice with your kids at home via IXL.com or Starfall. As with any type of game or application, it’s import to monitor your kids games, because even though these are fun and educational, they may not always choose the most challenging educational game to get hooked on. Encourage your kids to be challenged, and maybe even compete with them to encourage all kinds of learning.

Below I’ve arranged the websites and games by subject, grade, or type of educational website.

First up, are the big major educational game websites.

ABCya has games for math, reading, letters, strategy, and all kinds of random information. The games range from PreK-5th grade. The games can be played on a laptop or iPhone. Kids even in to middle school seem to enjoy beating these games when they can. The downside of ABCya is that it isn’t always the best match for other subjects like science or social studies, but kids have a ball with it.

RoomRecess has similar games to ABCya for Kindergarten through 6th grade in math, reading, and technology. Some of the highlights are that they have mouse skills and typing games. It’s amazing how many kids have never used a mouse. RoomRecess does not have an iOS app, but they have a whole list of games that can be played on a mobile device here: http://www.roomrecess.com/pages/MobileGames.html

Digipuzzle is another major educational game website. It covers a lot of different skills and subjects, mostly around math and reading, but they don’t really have the games arranged by age or grade, that could be frustrating for a kid and teacher.

PBSkids has all kinds of apps, stories, and games for elementary aged kids. Their game section covers science, math, reading, creativity, literacy, music, AND social emotional! They have a TON of apps to choose from in the app store!

Starfall is a popular website and application for very young children just learning to read and do math. It you’re a parent, there are a lot of free apps with games for younger kids to learn to read, recognize letters and sight words, as well as basic math skills.

Brain Pop and BrainPop Jr. are again a conglomeration of games, but these range from Kindergarten to 12th grade and cover pretty much every subject. BrainPop has apps and games for every subject and uses Common Core Standards to create its games. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is, BrainPop require a subscription to access everything, but the free stuff is still fun!  
Kids love technology - especially when it’s fun.

Okay! Now that I’ve covered some of the major educational games and applications, let me give you EVEN MORE! There are so many subject and age specific games that you can find, but let me help you a bit:

For math:

  • Hoodamath.com has over 1000 free math games for Kindergarten through 12th grade. And, yep, there’s an app.
  • Practicalmoneyskills.com is a great source for middle school and high school math. It uses sport and practical skills to help kids understand money better.
  • Progidygame.com is for first through 8th grade, and has a free and paid versions. There also is an iOS application for the math games!
  • Geoboard is a cool application that helps kids understand shapes!

 For Technology/Coding

Language/Social Studies

  • Seterra.com is great for geography tests and skills.
  • Duolingo is a great app for language.
  • Mindsnacks are even more fun than Duolingo for language, but costs about $4 per games.
  • Gus On the Go is a language application for young kids, but also costs to install on a tablet or smart device.

Social emotional/mindfulness

  • Headspace is a great app that is subscription based, and they have mindfulness training for kids!
  • Three Good Things is a super easy app that help you to keep track of the good things that happen through the day. It’s less of a game, and more of a daily journal, but it’s great for helping kids be more aware of what good is happening around them.

I hope that these games are what you’ve been looking for to get your kids learning all the time everywhere!

Kids love technology - especially when it’s fun.

Brittany Washburn
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