10 Best Board games for Learning

10 games to use for fun and learning, at Serving Joyfully

Board games are a great way to spend some good quality time together as a family. However, they are also a great way to encourage learning in your children!

There are many educational games which can be purchased specifically for homeschooling. Some are more expensive than traditional games, and some can be found at the Target $1 or Dollar Tree for around $1 (specifically flash cards or learning bingo games).

If you’ve been around for a while, you know that we have a tight budget.  And, that I don’t think there are any necessary purchases for homeschooling. The reason for this is because I love to “make do.” I love to find creative ways to use things we already have to meet our needs.

So, this homeschooling thing is no different. Yes, we have a few purposely educational games, but most of our games are just basic, ordinary games that were found at garage sales, goodwill, or on clearance in the toy aisle at the store.  Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be sharing some of those games with you, and the variations we’ve played, and the ways in which we’ve used them to learn new things in our homeschool.

Sometimes the most ordinary of games can be turned into a teaching-game with just a couple of tweaks, or reinforcements on your part. And we LOVE those sneaky, hidden learning moments around here! I hope you’ll come back over the next few days as I discuss the following games, which are some of our favorites.

Here is a list so you can check them out if you aren’t familiar with them, I’ll be adding links to each post as I finish them. {Affiliate links are used in this post}

1. Chutes & Ladders/ Snakes & Ladders

2. Matching/Memory

3. The Lady Bug Game

4. Scrabble, Jr.

5. Twister

6. Learning Bingo Games (I got mine at the Target $1 spot. Otherwise, I would make my own or find some free printable cards. I use ABC flashcards for calling the letters)

7. Candy Land

8. Zingo

9. Guess Who (we have an older version of this–it also makes a great travel game, and we have a variation for younger children as well!)

10. Uno Moo

PS–Playing Board games is a part of this week’s challenge for Courtney’s “Make your Home a Haven challenge” at Women Living Well. Go check it out and you can enter to win a set of 10 games!


This post is a part of iHomeschool Network’s Hopscotch Blog Hop event.

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  1. says

    My all-time favorite board game is Clue. I know it’s mainly because it’s the one board game that my DAD liked to play, as well! LOL! Back in the days before “Clue Jr.,” I remember trying to color-code the cards so that my 5-year-old sister could play it with me – I should have created the “Jr.” version, then! :) Another reason to love the concept of Clue is that it teaches “process of elimination.” Problem solving is a necessary part of life, after all!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Ooooh…I didn’t know there was a Jr. version of Clue! I’ll have to look for that :) We haven’t tried to play that with the boys yet. I used to play it sometimes, but after Chad made me watch the movie, it’s kind of ruined for me! lol. I did NOT like that movie!

  2. says

    Scrabble Jr is a favorite of ours, we also love headbanz and Apples to Apples. They all require critical thinking. I’m not sure you can go wrong with any game, there are so many skills that can be worked on. One of my daughters learned her numbers and colors by playing Uno!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      I completely agree that there are skills to be learned with any game :) They are just great all the way around! Apples to Apples is one of the funnest games ever! lol. We haven’t played it with our boys yet, but we grown-ups played it at a get-together for our Sunday School class and I haven’t laughed that hard in forever! It was hilarious and so much fun!

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