Classic Games for Learning

Learning Games

As a home educator, you can take advantage of numerous educational games to supplement your lessons and make learning fun. While you could choose from the almost endless variety of learning games available in teacher resource stores and online, you might also consider some of the classic games you probably enjoyed as a child. Here are a few for you to consider:

Hi Ho! Cherry-O

This game involves spinning the spinner and seeing where it lands; you may be able to remove one, two, three, or four cherries, or you may have to put them all back on your tree. The first one with an empty tree wins. This game is lots of fun for preschoolers who are just learning to count.


This card game is a good choice for helping preschoolers and younger elementary students with their color and number recognition. This is one that’s fun for adults, too, so put it on your list to play.


While this game is traditionally played matching the letters B, I, N, G, and O with corresponding numbers, you can find variations of it to suit a number of different school subjects. Companies have produced versions such as Alphabet Bingo, Nature Bingo, Money Bingo, Fractions Bingo, and many more. You can even find Bingo games online that you can print out. Or, if your student is struggling with a particular concept, such as multiplication facts, you can create your own Bingo game using construction paper, a pen, and coins or buttons for markers.


It is a favorite for younger elementary students, as they count the dots on the domino and match them up to another. For older children, you can vary the game in a number of ways, such as using the dominos to teach addition or subtraction facts. Other popular games using dominoes include Mexican Train, Chickenfoot, and Five-Up.


This popular dice game is great for reinforcing math skills such as counting, adding, and multiplying. Players get three rolls of the dice each turn in an effort to earn the highest score.

Scrabble and Boggle

Older students will get in plenty of reading and spelling practice with these two games. Scrabble is designed for two to four players, while with Boggle many people can play.

With so many great games to choose from, you can make your family game night educational too!

Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell

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