Finding ways to make learning fun and exciting can help parents take on a more active role in their children’s education. Educational card games are a positive way to increase children’s mental capacities while also creating fun memories. Not only can educational card games build a healthy relationship with learning for children, but they can also be beneficial for adults, allowing them to engage in their child’s learning. The following educational card games help build skills from math literacy and logic to an interest in science.
Rack-O is perfect for the whole family. In this fast-paced game, you select 10 random slot cards to place into your personal rack. Players then take turns drawing and discarding cards until one player positions all 10 cards in numerical order to win the game. Rack-O is great for teaching concentration and learning the natural number sequence. It’s recommended for ages 8 and older.
The Clumsy Thief Money Game is easy to learn and play. Children won’t even realize they are learning the basics of money and addition. Players are dealt seven cards, and then have to quickly determine if two or more of their money cards add up to $100. But watch out — money stacks can be stolen if another player has the right numbers or a thief card. Players will have to pay attention to jail thieves while building their own bank stacks. The player with the most money wins. The Clumsy Thief Money Game is perfect for ages 8 and older, and for keeping kids continually adding while they’re having fun.
This educational card game is easy to follow and includes intriguing science experiments for all ages (for example, can you insert a skewer into a balloon without popping it?) It is the perfect game for some covert learning or exciting family time and comes in a convenient travel tin for on-the-go learning. These experiments engage the learner with fun, hands-on projects using household materials and are perfect for children learning new concepts in the world of science. Each card offers an easy-to-understand explanation to help kids better understand the how and why behind each experiment. This game is a fantastic way to learn science fundamentals.
Two or more players can join ThinkFun Swish as they develop critical thinking skills in this fast-paced game. It helps develop logical reasoning and visual perception as players make matches, or “swishes,” by stacking up to 12 cards to match balls and hoops of the same color. The player with the most matches at the end of the game wins. There are challenges of increasing difficulty, making it easy for players to stay engaged and stimulated. ThinkFun Swish is great for players 8 years and older.
Space and time are interesting topics, especially for those who are interested in astronomy. The Qurious Space STEM flashcard game is a perfect way to quiz kids (and yourself!) on the stars and planets. This match game stimulates the brain while helping you and your young ones explore the galaxy and what lies beyond. This incredible set includes a space speed-matching game, a challenging memory game, an explorer matching pairs game, a photo trivia game and bonus space stickers. You can play with up to 18 other players at a time with players ages 4 and older.
“Making learning fun is a critical component to education,” educator Melissa Spurling says. “Fortunately, more companies have focused on creating fun and interactive games in recent years. This allows educators to find the right card games for everything from learning phonics and sight words to fractions. Sometimes it is necessary to play games that are less overtly educational to simply focus on skills such as concentration and critical thinking.”
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Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.