Top 10 Learning Games to Keep Your Kid’s Brain Sharp

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Modern technology has changed our lives, and in many ways for the better. Even for all of its advantages, it can be frustrating trying to keep kids engaged without the use of an electronic device. Surprisingly, it’s still possible to find a wide variety of games that will engage kids without using any kind of electronic device. Below are some of the top choices to keep minds inquisitive and sharp.

Battleship

This game has proved to be a favorite of kids and adults alike since it was created in the 1950’s. The game involves two players who sit facing each other while trying to guess the positioning of the other’s fleet on a game grid that is hidden from the view of their opponent. Battleship uses strategy, intuition and logic in order that players hit and sink the other player’s ships. The one who sinks the other player’s ships wins the game.

Clue

This mystery solving game is a long-beloved classic that even has a movie made around its key elements. Players have to use a number of clues in order to solve Whodunit and how they did it.

Dominoes

Dominoes can be a fun way to keep kids engaged and thinking about math. Dominoes can be used to add, subtract, multiply and divide by giving each a set of numbers to put into problems to solve. If a domino has five dots on one half of it, and three on the other side, the numbers could be added up to make a sum of eight or multiplied to equal 40.

Scrabble

Writing and reading comprehension are important. One of the best ways for kids and adults to expand those skills is through Scrabble. This crossword-like game utilizes letter tiles to make words. It’s another long-time favorite that is excellent in helping players to develop vocabulary and other language skills.

Bingo

One of the best ways for kids to learn math, no matter what grade level they are at is to play bingo. With various types of math bingo games, elementary grade students can learn addition and subtraction. Middle school and high school students can get familiar with more complex math concepts like multiplication, division, fractions, and even geometry and algebra while they play bingo. You can create your own math bingo cards by working out math problems with the correct answers. Kids can work out the problems and find the correct answer and have fun, too.

Scattergories

This game is another great way for kids and adults alike to build up their vocabulary muscle while having fun at the same time. The object is to find words that fit into  certain categories. Players can brainstorm and think creatively on their own or with others on a team. Playing this game will make players stretch their vocabularies in order to win.

Senet

What kid isn’t fascinated by Ancient Egypt? The game of Senet was played in ancient times and was rediscovered by archaeologists in the tomb of the boy-king, Tutankhamun.  Senet uses four sticks in place of dice. Players move around the board, and until they are able to get each of their game pieces off the board. Senet is also excellent for teaching kids about history, so they will be learning and having fun playing the game.

Chess

Another ancient game that was created in Persia, chess has been enjoyed by players around the world for centuries. Chess can provide a lifetime of gaming as well as teaching the skills of critical thinking and intuition about your opponent’s next moves and patterns of gameplay.

Connect Four

Kids age six and older play this game to learn about patterns and relationships of action and reaction. The object of the game is to be the first to line up 4 red or gold disks. While it might seem easy, strategy is important.

Uno

Uno is another great game for teaching kids about both math and matching. Uno utilizes both colors and numbers along and action cards which can change the direction of the game. The first player down to one card wins.