There are many benefits to playing games with your kids, including teachable moments and family bonding. So if you’re looking for some inspiration for your next family game night, these ideas are a great place to start!
Printable board games
Want to play a board game, but don’t have any on hand? Education.com has more than 200 printable board games that you can play right away! From sight words to fun puzzles, these games are perfect for young learners. They’ll even build knowledge and grow their problem-solving skills while you play.
Does your child want to play games online instead? Education.com has you covered with an entire library of more than 800 educational online games! Each game is designed to help your child learn essential concepts—for example, the popular game Counting Pizza Party strengthens both counting skills and number sense. Your child will be having so much fun, they may not even notice they’re learning!
To make online gaming a bonding experience, you can take turns playing the game with your child, or simply watch them play and provide encouragement. Games are always more fun when played together!
There are endless games you can play with a simple deck of cards. If you’re in need of a new deck, you can use this printable kit with a fun winter theme.
Once you have your cards ready, take a look at these games and pick the one that works best for your family:
- Equation Card Game
- Probability Card Game
- Seventeen: A Math-Builder Card Game
- Close Call: An Addition Card Game
- Slap It!: An Odds and Evens Card Game
- Diamond Draw
- Make Ten Game
Checkers and chess
Chess is one of the most popular and prestigious board games—and because it’s all about strategy, it’s a little more complex than most games. You may be wondering whether your child is ready to play chess, and how to help them get started.
One way is to start with a simpler game like checkers first. If your child enjoys checkers and is interested in chess, then they’re likely ready to begin learning! Check out this article full of tips on how to get started.