Top 10 Educational Games for Kids 2017


2017 Best Children’s Educational Games

 

Education and learning imageMore and more parents these days are home-schooling – and for those parents (and other parents who follow the line of reasoning that learning can be fun), it is always helpful to find resources where kids can “kill two birds with one stone,” that is, having fun and learning at the same time! Which is where the list of this year’s ten best educational games for kids comes into play.

What’s here: On this page are the top 10 (non-digital) kids’ educational games for the Christmas season of 2017 and entering into 2017. The games listed are ranked first by popularity, then filtered by those that are also rated highly by consumers. The list includes games for kids of various age groups – so no matter what age you might be shopping for, chances are good that you will find a game that will be a fun favorite.

For shoppers: For each of the games listed on this page, one or more online merchants are recommended to buy it online. Shopping resources are hand-picked based on low prices, product availability and safe, secure shopping. (Links to reviews are also given here, where possible.)

Post Updated: April 9th, 2017

 

What’s Here:

1. Totally Gross! The Game of Science
2. Fat Brain Toys Acuity
3. Rory’s Story Cubes
4. Simon
5. Think Fun Zingo Sight Words
6. Fat Brain Toys Peek-A-Doodle Doo
7. Learning Resources Sum Swamp
8. Scrambled States of America
9. I SPY Preschool Game
10. Sequence for Kids

Top 10 Educational Games for Kids:

 

1. Totally Gross! The Game of Science

Price: $17.10
41 new from $16.570 used

Ages: 8 and up

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Totally Gross! The Game of Science arrives in first place of the 2017 top ten educational games for kids.

Totally Gross is a totally fun, totally educational game that answers some questions about life’s grossest stuff. Consider it the truth or dare of educational board games. Players can answer a question on a variety of subjects, like zoology, astronomy, or anatomy. Or, they can act out total GROSS-OUT challenges.

 

 

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2. Fat Brain Toys Acuity

Price: $19.95
27 new from $13.000 used

Ages: 6 and up

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Acuity from Fat Brain comes in next for this year’s best educational kids’ games.

Flip it. Turn it. Match em’ up. This fast-paced, quick-thinking game, dubbed Acuity, tests your eyes and memory with patterned tile cards in a colorful grid. Players have to find the matches for their cards, using memory to carry them.

 

 

 

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3. Rory’s Story Cubes

Price: $8.29
You save: $1.70 (17 %)
65 new from $1.250 used

Ages: 8 and up

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Rory’s Story Cubes comes in next on the list.

I am simply in love with these story cubes. This game is so much fun, especially for bookworms and kids who love to imagine, create, and write. Some stories start with the classic, “once upon a time…” But most begin with something else, and players have to continue their stories.

 

 

 

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4. Simon

Price: $16.94
You save: $0.02 ( %)
76 new from $16.9411 used from $13.04

Ages: 8 and up

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A familiar name in fun kids’ games comes in at 4th of the top children’s educational games – Simon.

Simon is an old-school classic, but this game has been revamped a bit. Once an awesome 80s game with a mode or two, now Simon has several modes of gameplay. Play it alone or with friends. The main objective is matching the colors to the colors Simon says. Not-so simple.

 

 

 

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5. Think Fun Zingo Sight Words

Price: $19.99
10 new from $19.320 used

Ages: 4 – 7

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Another fun children’s educational game – Think Fun Zingo Sight Words also makes it as one of the 2017 “best of” list.

Best for beginner readers and bookworms-to-be, this version of Zingo is a sight words game. It teaches kids how to recognize certain words, like have, and, me, and for. Players play like Bingo, but their cards feature sight word spaces.

 

 

 

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6. Fat Brain Toys Peek-A-Doodle Doo

Price: $19.95
You save: $4.99 (20 %)
28 new from $19.950 used

Ages: 3 and up

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Another from the Fat Brain lineup holds the 6th spot of children’s top educational games for 2017 and into 2017 with Peek-A-Doodle Doo.

Reviewed as a first memory game for kiddos, Peek-a-Doodle Doo is actually for anyone seeking to sharpen their memory skills. Great for families. You basically have to remember which chickens have eggs and which ones haven’t laid their eggs yet.

 

 

 

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7. Learning Resources Sum Swamp

Price: $18.78
You save: $0.04 ( %)
44 new from $15.310 used

Ages: 5 and up

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Learning Resources Sum Swamp arrives at #7 on the list.

To traverse the Sum Swamp, players have to answer simple addition and subtraction problems. There are four swampy creatures to look out for, but the first player to answer the questions correctly gets to jump closer to the swamp-free shore.

 

 

 

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8. Scrambled States of America

Price: $11.39
You save: $3.60 (24 %)
44 new from $10.000 used

Ages: 8 and up

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Managing the 8th position among this year’s best educational games for kids – Scrambled States of America – a returning favorite.

As someone who is horrible with geography to this day, I think Scrambled States is an awesome idea for everyone. Regardless of age or education levels. This game features lots-a cards with different, quirky state questions and facts on them. Players have to match the states with their map location.

 

 

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9. I SPY Preschool Game

Price: $13.16
36 new from $6.360 used

Ages: 3 and up

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Falling in at #9 is the I SPY Preschool Game.

I Spy is a classic game, but this one is on a preschool level for little learners. Kids have 12 puzzle pairs, each interlocking with a chaotic picture on one side and a search-and-find clue on the other. To earn matches, players have to “spy” the correct pairs and items.

 

 

 

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10. Sequence for Kids

Price: $10.99
51 new from $10.000 used

Ages: 3 – 6

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The final pick of the 2017 top ten educational games for kids is Sequence.

What comes next? What came before? This game of sequence asks kids these questions, and others, for a fun learning experience that teaches chain reaction and patterns. Kinda like Bingo in gameplay with transluscent, colorful chips, but one game board.

 

 

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This Top 10 Educational Games for Kids page was modified to reflect current information on April 9th, 2017.

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