Our Favorite Educational Board Games
We love to play board games once a week for our school time. We put up the textbooks and worksheets, and get out a board game for each subject. My kids love to stay in their pajamas, make hot chocolate and play. Sometimes, we even go to a coffee shop and order a drink or a special treat to have while we do school. This helps to take the mundane feelings that we can get when we are homeschooling daily. Especially living in a state where we have winter for about 6-7 months out of the year. I have also found that these games have helped the kids to bridge any gaps that they may have in a certain subject area. These are the list of our favorite board games so far.
This is our new favorite game. Ever since my husband played it with a bunch of friends, he has been obsessed with this game. You have to add, subtract, multiply and divide the two dice that you roll, to beat your opponents to 101. Along the way you can land on Prime Numbers and recieve a Prime card, which can give you all sorts of advantages or disadvantages. Take out your opponents on the number track as you learn your basic math facts at the same time.
This is a strategy game using 4 different colored dice and two white dice. On every turn, the players add up the white dice and decide if they want to cross out that number on any colored line. On your turn, however, you can then take the colored dice, one at a time, and add it to one of the white dice to try to find a number that you would like to cross off in that number line. This adding game, is all about strategy. Being the one with the most numbers crossed off, will help you to win the game.
Everyone starts with a pile of purple cards. You may have three purple cards turned over in your pile at a time. When someone flips over a black card you race to add or subtract the three purple cards in your hand. If you can’t find a solution to the number on the black card, you can swap out one of your purple cards to come up with a new answer. The first person that can say the equation with the correct answer that, matches the number on the black card, gets to take the black card. Then a new black card is turned over. Play continues till all the black cards are gone. The player with the most black cards in their pile wins the game. Check out the Snap It Up! Multiplication version.
Match cards by numbers. Use two cards that add up to match the card flipped over from the draw pile. Match numbers and colors to earn a color match bonus! When you’re down to two cards, don’t forget to yell “DOS!” This game allows you to constantly be adding your cards together to get rid of them faster. Great for addition practice.
Everyone grabs 21 letters. Say, “PEEL!” Rush to turn your letters over and begin to make your own scrabble board by using all 21 letters. If you can use all 21 letters, let your opponents know, so that each person can grab one more letter, including yourself. You play till all the letters are gone. The last person to use all of their letters on their crossword board, wins the game. We play the game a little bit different right now. We all start with 7 letters and build off of one word in the middle of the table, just like Scrabble. At our house we go over the last spelling rule(s) that we learned that week and/or previous weeks. They are to try to use those spelling rules when they make new words. We take turns building off of the words on the table in front of us. I keep score of how many points each person receives in each round. Every letter is worth 1 point except for, x, j, z, q and j. Those letters are worth two points. Best way to learn spelling ever.
This is a classic game that never gets old. Shake up the letter dice, within the holder, and start to find words. You can look horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. As long as the letters connect, you have made a word. This is a timed, fast paced game, to see who can find the most words in three minutes. They even make a Boggle Junior for kids ages three and up.
This game is a new take on the old scrabble board. As you can see from the picture, you have to match the letters in your pile, to the letters on the board. You are only allowed to put down two letter tiles on your turn. If you complete one of the words on the board, then you receive a point. The best thing about this game, is once your kids out grow the side with the words on it, flip the game over. You will find the original scrabble board, where they have to create their own words, to receive points.
This is a quick and easy card game where you have to put the timeline cards in order. Each person starts out with 5 timeline cards in their pile. Then one card is flipped over from the draw pile. The next person in line has to choose one of their cards and put it on the right of the draw card, indicating that the event came after, or to the left, signaling that it came before. You turn the card over to check the date and see if it is right. Then the next person goes. It’s a great way to learn historical events and where they are placed in our history. Timeline has card games for American History, Diversity, Music and Cinema, Historical Events, Science and Discoveries, and The Challenge Game.
A game that forces the family to work together. You must capture the four treasure pieces, and get off of the island together before it sinks. This is one of my favorite games because you have to play as a team. This means learning how to communicate effectively and how to disagree in an appropriate way.
In this game you will run across, grumpy trolls, fire ants, golblins and other mythical creatures as you try to capture the two dragons. Using dice and cards, to strategize your next move and win the game. We always enjoy playing this game.