Games for School Age
If you're trying to keep the TV off, you'll often have to
help your kids learn to stay entertained. One way to do this is
through games that don't involve screens. Here are some
great ideas for fun and educational games for
your school age kids.
Kids are older now so the games can be more advanced.
At this age, most kids love to play outdoors. Why not
grab your sneakers and head outdoors with them! Kids
really need to spend some time outdoors, according to expert
Richard Louv, author of
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from
How about a game of hopscotch outside? With sidewalk
chalk, draw the hopscotch squares. The squares alternate
between one square on top of two squares on top of one
square. The pattern continues until you have ten
squares. Each square is numbered.
Using a marble, you throw it so that it lands on one of the
numbered squares. You have to jump to that square and
pick up the marble. There can only be one foot in a
square so you have to balance on one foot while you pick up the
marble to throw again. You are the person to beat if you
can make it successfully down and back without falling off a
square or stepping two feet in one square.
Now that the kids have been reading for a couple of years or
more, they can have some fun in the kitchen. Kitchen
activities can be educational. Start with something easy
like a cookie recipe for them to decipher. Let the kids
read the recipe and help to assemble the ingredients.
Give them a variety of measuring cups and spoons to work
They have to figure out the recipe measurements from the
utensils that you have given to them. You may end up with
flour all over the counter but it is a good learning experience
for them. Besides, you’ll get someone else to cook for a
If kids like to read and act, let them put on a skit.
Each child must choose a favorite scene from their favorite
book. Using puppets that they make themselves, they must
act out the scene. The rest of the family will try to
guess what the name of the book is. The skit can be as
long as they need it to be. Designate a parent to help
with the crafts and stay out of the guessing.
Stargazing is a fun way to spend an evening. Many kids
have heard that the moon is made of green cheese. This is
one way to prove that it isn’t. Through a telescope they
can see stars, constellations, the moon, and meteor showers up
close and personal. As they become more accomplished at
it, they can read star charts to find where in the sky certain
As your kids age, you can play more and more games to
increase their knowledge. Try card games, board games like Scrabble and Pictionary
and other outdoor games that use the skills they are
learning in school. The key to a love of learning is
to take the pressure off by making it a fun thing to
Board games have always been a favorite among children so it
is no wonder that a few innovative companies have developed a
line of educational games for kids. There are dozens of games
for children of all ages that teach math, science, spelling,
problem solving, and even history. Playing these games together
as a family helps them to learn new things with little effort.
Cariboo by Cranium is a game that teaches
younger kids shape recognition, color recognition, letter
recognition, and counting in ways that kids find engaging
and exciting. Blokus by Educational Insights teaches
strategy and reasoning, as well as spatial perception.
Scrabble, Cranium, and Trivial Pursuit are great educational
games for older kids.