Games that Teach Basic Skills


Board Games that Teach Developmental Skills improve memory, motor skills, language skills, cooperation, sequential play, and much more!

Games aren’t just for fun, they help kids learn how to interact with other people and practice skills. What follows is a big list of games that teach basic developmental skills, including games that improve memory and games that help kids learn how to work in a group. Games are organized roughly by recommended age, only you will know if a game is the right fit for your child. I will be updating this list frequently.

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Educational Games that Teach Basic Developmental Skills

Games for Kids Who Need to Practice Teamwork/Cooperative Games

Hot Potato
Fish Stix
Mermaid Island
Race to the Treasure
Lost Puppies
Cranium Cariboo
Angry Birds Knock on Wood
Read My List! (read my review)
Cranium Family Fun
Wildcraft
Forbidden Island
Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle
Castle Panic
Forbidden Desert
Cranium
Pandemic
The Resistance
Mysterium
Mansions of Madness
Robinson Crusoe, Adventures on the Cursed Island

Games for Kids Who Need to Practice Taking Turns/Sequential Play Games

Hot Potato
Lucky Ducks
Candyland Classic
Chutes & Ladders Classic
Tic Tac Toe
Connect 4
Uno
Dominoes
Labyrinth Junior
Kerplunk
NiYa (read my review)
Exploding Kittens
Sushi Go
Labyrinth
Sheriff of Nottingham
Ticket to Ride

Games for Kids Who Need to Work on Functional Memory Skills

Robot Face Race
The Cat in the Hat I Can Do That!
Guess Who
Chess
Cranium Family Fun
Battleship
Enchanted Forest
Clue
Sushi Go
Ticket to Ride
Sheriff of Nottingham

Games for Kids Who Need to Work on Major Motor Skills

Hot Potato
Elephun
The Cat in the Hat I Can Do That!
Cranium Hullabaloo
Feed the Wozzle
Hot Potato
Whack-A-Mole
Jumbo Snakes & Ladders
Super Stretchy Game
Toss Across
Bop It
Twister Dance
Chrono Bomb
Guesstures
Cranium Family Fun
Explore the World
Cranium
Quelf

Games for Kids Who Need to Work on Fine Motor Skills

HiHo Cherry-O
Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel
Cootie
What’s In Ned’s Head
Animal Upon Animal
Angry Birds Knock on Wood
Get a Grip
Domino Rally Adventure
Perfection
Cranium Family Fun
Gravity Maze
Tenzi (read my review)
Picassimo
Battleship
Pictionary Man Double Draw
Jenga
Kerplunk
Ticket to Ride
Cranium
Carcassonne
Sheriff of Nottingham
Quelf
Risk
Imhotep

Games for Kids Who Need to Practice Concentrating/Attention Games

Spot It! Jr Animals
I Spy Find it Fast
Bingo
Spot It! Hip Game
Eye Found It Journey Through Time
Simon
Battleship
Pictionary
Ticket to Ride
Sheriff of Nottingham
Quelf
Mysterium
Carcassonne
Risk

Games for Kids Who Need to Work on Storytelling Skills

The Cat in the Hat I Can Do That!
Rory’s Story Cubes
Read My List (read my review)
Nanofictionary
Reverse Charades

Games for Kids Who Need to Practice Descriptive Language Skills

The Cat in the Hat I Can Do That!
HedBandz
Read My List! (read my review)
Cranium Hoopla
Sheriff of Nottingham
Reverse Charades
Taboo

Games for Kids Who Need to Practice Critical Thinking/Strategy Games

Sequence for Kids
Qwirkle
Catan Family Edition
Catan Junior
NiYa (read my review)
Evolution: The Beginning (read my review)
Dragonwood
Sequence
Ticket to Ride
Catan
Evolution
Machi Koro
King of Tokyo
Carcassonne
Sheriff of Nottingham
Risk

Board Games that Teach Developmental Skills. Improve memory, motor skills, language skills, cooperation, and much more!

Board Games that Teach Developmental Skills. Improve memory, motor skills, language skills, cooperation, and much more!

 

Meg Grooms, Gameschooling & Secular Homeschooling at HomeschoolGameschool.com

Meg Grooms is a long-time homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle and currently call Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.

Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.

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