When it comes to educational games, finding the right balance between challenging and fun is no easy task. In fact, what often seems like a good choice at the store turns out to be a complete dud at home, especially when your kiddos pull out the “b” word—boring. If you’re looking for educational game ideas for your preschooler or grade-schooler that also include the fun factor, we’ve rounded up 10 games that will not only challenge your little one, but will get the whole family laughing and playing together!

## Board Games

Math Room
With a roll of the die and a ring of the bell, your lil’ math wizard will be adding and subtracting at lightning speed with this fun board game by SimplyFun. Designed for ages five and up, Math Room incorporates basic addition and subtraction problems with answers ranging from 1-10, perfect for counting on small fingers or toes! \$26

Qwirkle
Designed for ages six and up, Qwirkle is the modern day version of Scrabble (one of our childhood faves!) only with shapes and colors instead of letters. Through tactical maneuvers and strategy, players can score big (like triple word big!) by placing a tile that touches several pieces with matching shapes and colors. And just like Scrabble, the winner is the player with the most points. \$24.95

Word Bits
This award-winning game (several times over!) combines spelling, cognitive skills, and vocab into one exciting game. In Word Bits, words begin as one to four letter bits rolled on the letter dice. Players must pick a category card and make a word using those bits that fit the category. Since everyone plays at once, players must use quick thinking skills in order to win the cards. Word Bits is designed for ages eight and up and our kid testers gave it a big thumbs up! \$22.50

Pizza Mania
What’s on the perfect pizza? Follow the talking chef’s commands (add two pepperoni slices, add two mushrooms, take away one pepperoni and add one olive) and the players with the correct toppings win the round. Pizza Mania is designed for ages four to eight and reinforces listening and counting skills as well as early addition and subtraction skills. This super-fun game also comes with two settings so older kids can play a faster Pizza Panic version. What we love most about this game is that players can work together on their math skills and more than one player can win in each round. \$24.95

## Online Games

Play Kids Games
Designed by parents of young children, playkidsgames.com allows kiddos in pre-K through middle school to discover and build new skills including computer, math, reading, vocabulary, geography, and problem solving through fun interactive games. From the fun “Alphabet Whack-a-Mole” game to the lively “Musical Memory Turtle” game to the think on the fly “Math Fact Practice,” game, kiddos will connect learning and skill building with self-esteem, confidence, and fun! Free

PBS KIDS
We love PBS for many reasons including the impact its educational programming has on school readiness and early literacy skills. And we absolutely love pbskids.org for giving our preschool-aged kids hundreds of fun educational games with PBS KIDS faves such as Curious George, Elmo, Super Why, and The Cat in the Hat. Through interactive video clips and a simple click of the mouse, your kiddo will be rockin’ science, vocabulary, math, and even Spanish lessons without even knowing it. Free

Funology
This fab site for kids in pre-K through eighth grade offers a variety of fun, educational games as well as indoor and outdoor games, tricks, recipes, jokes, trivia questions, science experiments… you name it. Funology allows kiddos to make things, explore the world, and discover skills they never knew they had while making their playtime educational and fun! Free