We’re trying to make our Christmas shopping lists for the family now, and I’m sure we’re not alone in trying to choose gifts for our children.
I thought I’d share with you some educational games for kids that we use on a regular basis and have found to be good value for money. This post includes affiliate links for your convenience.
Pick And Draw. This is our newest find for our family. We purchased it as we were reviewing the Big Book of Pick And Draw. This is a fun drawing game where you draw a character using the feature card picked. It’s fun to see how each person draws a different character using the same cards. You can use this game without the book, but if you are looking for extra ideas or for use with a large group, I would recommend it (You can see my review here and another way we used it here). This game makes the perfect stocking stuffer for all ages.
Uno – My grandparents gave me this game for Christmas back around 1984 or 85. I still have this game in it’s original box and the kids love it. It’s easy to adapt to use without scores for teaching colours and numbers and learning to take turns. As your children grow you can begin to incorporate the rules and keeping score. This game can be used for decades of fun as our family can attest to.
Monopoly – The ultimate classic board game! I grew up with Mom]s original board game, but now this game comes in so many formats. Not long after arriving in Northern Ireland I sent my nephew the local version. In return a couple of years ago my sister sent Phil the Canadian electronic banking version for Christmas. Tristan at the age of 4 was able to be the banker before he was able to count out the cash. I’m certain there is a version available for everyone.
Monster Bowling – Tristan received this cute soft bowling game from my sister last year when she flew out to meet us in Regina. The monster pins are weighted on the bottom to help little hands stand them upright, and the soft ball won’t hurt if you’re bowled over with it. The pins all have cute character monster names. This game will help with coordination and keep the kids active during bad weather when they’re cooped up indoors.
Poppa’s Pizza Pile Up – Kallista received this game last year for Christmas. It can be used in the traditional way of trying to keep the chef”s tray balanced with the food item you have rolled on the die, or for extra play my children set up a mini restaurant and got extra use out of the game.
Pizza Math– I had an idea for a game similar to this to make for Tristan. However, when we were in Regina I made a visit to a teacher’s supply store (I used to work in one, and I could spend a lot of time and money in such places, but I had to restrain myself within my budget and luggage allowances) and I saw this game. I figured for the time and effort it would take me, it was better to purchase this already done. There are several games you can play with these cards, ranging from very easy where a 3 year old could play along, to more challenging games for early elementary children. It doesn’t have to be played for learning, just play it for fun.
Playing Cards – The age-old standard pack of cards is so versatile, it must be included in any list. Your child can learn numbers, greater than/less than, addition and subtraction, and play any range of card games from go fish to rummy as they grow. And don’t forget to keep your worn sets for some fun magic tricks, too!
Jenga – The stacking game of fun now comes in a few different versions. There’s a smaller travel version as well as coloured blocks with dice to add to the stack and tumble fun. And after the game, children often enjoy using the wooden rectangles for building houses and all sorts of architectural designs. Let their imaginations run free.
Crazy Chefs – My children love food, and their play kitchen is the one toy they could not do without. Crazy Chef brings this fun into a board game where you have to remember where cards are placed as they are lifted (like concentration) while trying to build the meal on your game board. This is also a great way to talk about the food groups and which items are healthy choices.
Buckaroo is still fun to play with my children. Our old one was passed on so we had to purchase a new one for our children. It’s a great strategy game, and they learn some new vocabulary while playing, too (about wild west equipment, not the blue air kind of vocabulary!).
These are just a few of our favourites. To see more gift and craft ideas, take a wander through our Amazon affiliate store by clicking here or on the tab on my top menu (on the right). I’ll be adding more products over the weekend and into the future so come back again anytime. If you have any suggestions of items you’d like to see, please let me know.
I like my children to have fun, but I like it even more when they can learn while having fun! Of course, your children will want to have some input into their own suggestions so I’m sharing a simple Christmas Wish List that I made on request of my son. There are two versions: one for those who can print or write and another version for younger children for whom drawing pictures or cutting and pasting form catalogues will be easier for them.
Have you played any of these educational games for kids? Which games work well for your family? Please share your ideas with us and each other as we write our Christmas shopping lists.
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