Back to School
Summer is sadly over, but with a new school year starting it is important to remember how useful educational games can be in supporting children’s learnings at home! It is really important to help children create a strong relationship with learning and make it something enjoyable for them. Loving learning is one of the best things a child can do, because that way it won’t be an obstacle for them. I think we all have realised, due to the Pandemic, that learning doesn’t just mean sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher speak. Children especially learn so much from interacting with different objects, and they learn best when they are enjoying it. That’s why we at AreYouGame UK think games that have educational benefits are SO important!
Here are just a few of our favourite educational games:
Horrible Histories Board Game
Horrible Histories as a brand is well known for educating children on historical events and encouraging them to keep learning by telling them the gory stuff teachers tend to leave out! The board game is no different. This game encourages children to work their way through history answering different multiple questions to win the game. During this game children are absorbing historical facts and can use this knowledge to build on what they’re being taught as school. It also piques their interest in history as they know there’s lots of gruesome facts beneath the surface.
Roald Dahl’s Matilda Splendid Spelling Game
Being one of Roald Dahl’s most famous characters, Matilda is incredibly popular among children. By using the drawings of Quentin Blake and engaging game play these games are designed to aid children in their spelling skills. Developed with guidelines for Key Stage 1 & 2 these fun-packed games will help children develop spelling and word building skills, whilst maintaining the fun and enjoyment of a card game. Did I mention you get three different games in the box!
David Walliams Billionaire Boy’s Tremendous Times Tables
Growing up I always struggled with my times tables, I think a large part of that was because I found it so boring. My mum, being a Key Stage 2 teacher, knew immediately that she needed to make me enjoy learning them. So, she made it a game. Every month she would swap the poster in my room to a different times table set I had been struggling with and we would play. You can bet I still know my 7 times table! This David Walliams game is designed with Key Stage 1 & 2 in mind and helps children learn their times tables through play. This fun, educational box of Tremendous Times Table games, featuring the iconic illustrations by Tony Ross from the much-loved David Walliams' story Billionaire Boy, is the perfect way to make maths fun and encourage children to improve their times table skills.
Whilst this game is less obviously educational than the rest there is still great educational value in playing. This can help children learn different animals, vehicles, activities, and jobs as well as encourage them to use their reasoning and problem-solving skills. This game involves players answering a series of yes and no questions so the guesser can decipher what is on their head!
This kit might be suited to slightly older children than some of the others on this list, but it still has great educational benefits. Morse Code was an incredibly important part of our history and was incredibly useful during World War II. This kit can help children learn morse code, and learn a little more about it. This is a great way for children to engage with their history lessons and feel the history come to life!
The Purple Cow Static Electricity Kit
This kit is perfect for budding physicists. It contains everything they need to create and experiment with static electricity. By making the experiments easy to follow and impressive to watch this kit and the rest in the series are bound to get children excited about science and the impact it has on the world around us.