Children's board games are fun and they can also be a great way for kids to acquire new skills and knowledge. There are board games in the market that are geared towards learning skills such as counting, reading, spelling and acquiring vocabulary or reinforcing school subjects such as geography and history. What better way to learn than play a fun board game?
Word Board Games
Children's board games such as word board games are a great way to improve spelling and acquire new vocabulary. Apples to Apples is one of our favorite word board games. The game received numerous awards and it encourages players to form sentences, read and learn new vocabulary. There is also the Scrabble Board Game which can also be a lot of fun for both adults and children and which helps learn new vocabulary. By the way, we recommend that you also get the Scrabble Dictionary.
The Boggle word game is a great game that is played with a timer and lettered dice inside a tray that are shaken in order to form words.
Board games to enhance logic, math and counting
There are children's board games that can make kids practice their counting and run additions, subtractions and multiplications without realizing it. These include Chutes and Ladders and Trouble. Chutes and Ladders is a classic counting game and a perfect first board game (ages 3 and above). In Trouble players have to strategize about the best way to move the pieces on the board and they have to do some counting in the process (designed for school age children ages 6 and up).
Counting money games such as Monopoly are also a great way for kids to practice their counting and run additions and subtractions. There are also board games that can enhance logic such as tic-tac-toe. Tic Tac Toe is usually played by young children before they move to other logic games such as Sudoku, chess or chinese checkers.
Farkle is a very entertaining dice game that involves a bit of counting, strategy and luck.
History Board Games to Get Those Grades Up!
If your child isn't doing well in history class, history board games are a great way to get those grades up. One advantage is that they are usually relatively cheap and that they are games for each particular time period or historical event (for example: history of USA, Ancient Rome or Egypt). History board games can really take players back in time and they can also be a whole lot of family fun!
A history board game for your child to learn about US history is the American Trivia (Junior Edition) by Outset Media (ages 8 and up). One of the fun and informative children's board games that can teach children about US history!
US history trivia games are fun and they are a great way to learn about American history.
Geography board games to learn about cities and countries
Geography board games can help children dramatically expand their knowledge in geography. By playing these games, children can learn about cities and countries. We recommend Brain Quest Around The World by University Games (ages 8 and up) and the 50 States Game. In these games, children explore the world and answer questions about different cities, countries and continents. Another geography board game that we recommend is Name that Country Game by Educational Insights (ages 8 and up). The game starts at the post office and children twirl a spinner to select one of sixty countries. When one child correctly identifies a country, he can advance along the path to finish. Finally there are also the Out of the Box geography board game (ages 10 and up). One of the fun children's board games and it also also received the Dr. Toy Award and includes many different themes (USA, Asia, Africa, etc). In this game players are taken to different places around the world and travel around by jet, car, and on foot. For more information on these geography board games, visit our geography games page.