Family Fun Games

Fun Educational Games 5CABC Games

Hosting a Game Night for students and their families is a fun way to bring parents/guardians, students, educators and school staff together. Families can build memories through this shared experience. Game Nights also may give students and the adults in their lives a chance to play games that they do not have at home.

Children Learn through Playing Games

Games are not only enjoyable, but they give students practice in reading, writing, spelling, math, vocabulary, logical thinking and decision-making skills. Children can learn to cooperate, how to deal with frustration and how to win or lose graciously by playing games.

ABC Soup Game: Letter recognition and spelling by matching alphabet noodle tokens is the object of this game.

Backgammon: 3,000 year old game of chance and skill for ages 7 to adult.

Battleship: Helps players develop logical and strategic thinking skills.

Blurt! & Blurt! Junior: A "reader" calls out definitions and players need to write down the word they think the definition defines. Good for vocabulary and spelling practice.

Boggle: This is another fun word game that requires quick-thinking and reinforces proper spelling and builds vocabulary.

Boggle Jr.: This game promotes the basic letter and word skills that are essential when it"s time to begin reading. Game helps with object and word recognition, letter recognition and letter matching, spelling, sorting and grouping and concentration and memory.

Checkers: Helps players develop logical and strategic thinking skills.

Chess: Helps players develop logical and strategic thinking skills. The object of the game is to checkmate the opponent's king. This occurs when the king is under immediate attack and there is no way to prevent it from being captured on the next move. Chess is one of the world's most popular board games; it is played both recreationally and competitively.

Connect Four: Helps players develop logical and strategic thinking skills. A two-player board game in which the players take turns in dropping discs into a vertical grid with the objective of getting four of one's own discs in a line.

Dominos: The first player to score 100 or more points wins the game. For a short game play to a total of 50 points, to be agreed in advance.

Dots: Draw an even number of dots across and down. Each person takes a turn connecting dots until one becomes a square. The person drawing the line making a square places an initial in the square and gets another turn. The person with the most initials wins. Updated: 1/14

Hangman! Determine the opponent"s word and spell it correctly within a set number of "guesses."

Jacks "N Ball: Basic game that has children retrieving jacks in sets (twos, threes, etc.) after throwing the ball in the air.

Mancala: Ancient African and Asian game. The strategy is to collect as many gemstones as possible before your opponent clears his/her side.

Memory: A memory game for children ages 3-6 years. Flip over the cards two at a time trying to make a match. Make a pair and keep it. If not a match turn those both back over.

Othello: Helps players develop logical and strategic thinking skills.

Pick-Up-Sticks: Players use eye/hand coordination to pick up sticks one at a time without disturbing others and then need to add up sticks by color to see who reaches 500 points first!

Qwirkle: As simple as matching colors and shapes, but this game also requires tactical maneuvers and well-planned strategy. Earn points by building rows and columns of blocks that share a common shape or color. Look for opportunities to score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes. The player with the most points wins! 108 wooden blocks. 2 to 4 players.

Rhyming Sounds Puzzles: Colorful puzzles build phonemic awareness and help students recognize rhyming sounds.

Rummikub: Math game that encourages students to use terms such as group and consecutive numbers in order to tally their tile totals.

Scrabble: This crossword game gives players practice in forming words, reinforces spelling and vocabulary and basic math practice (simple multiplication and addition to find scores).

Scrabble Jr.: This crossword game gives players practice in forming words, reinforces spelling and vocabulary.

Sequence for Kids: The first player to make a SEQUENCE of 4 chips in a row using only their own chips is the winner.

S"Math: Students make math equations and count up the point values of the tiles. Practice in addition, subtraction and multiplication skills in this crossword puzzle game.

Sorry: Helps players develop logical and strategic thinking skills. Sorry! was adopted by Parker Brothers in 1934, and has remained in their possession since. It is an American hallmark board game, being played by generations of Americans, as well as throughout the world.

Triominos Board Games: Addition and multiplication facts on the Triominos tiles have to add up to 400 points.

Yahtzee: Students roll dice for scoring combinations then need to read the scoring options box to add up their total points.

Sources and additional resources for parents:

Board Games for Having Fun Together (Kansas State University)

Fungi Games Web site at

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