Do you play games with your kids? As you know, we spend many evenings playing games. (I admit to like this better than pretend play dolls or Playmobils.) If you’re considering adding to your game collection, here are our recommended educational games for kids that use logic and strategy.
The Best Educational Games for Kids: Logic and Strategy
This is our go-to favorite card game. The winner is the player with the most cards. To win a card, you must match an image from your own card to one of the images in the center card. Fast-paced and addictive.
Robot Face Race
Shake the face to see what you must find. Then try to find the face with the indicated colors — it’s a tricky, entertaining and great visual discrimination game for kids.
Need a two-player game? Try this fun strategy game that is a favorite in our house.
Nowhere To Go
Another two-player game of strategy that is fun to play if you have about 10 minutes.
Match pairs of cards that complement each other — so the color circle matches the color ball. It’s not easy for me but my kids rock at this game. The player with the most matches wins. One day, I’ll win. Right?
Here’s a tricky one-person game that gets kids using their logic and visual-spatial skills with building and marbles. Can you do it?
My kids play this so much, they’ve mastered all the levels. A cool logic and strategy game for one-person that we highly recommend.
My daughter says, “I love it. It’s a really good time passer.” Figure out how to get the marble through this challenging 3D maze.
Two players. Strategy. Logic. Enthralling! (And was one of my favorites as a kid, too.)
This is my personal favorite family strategy game — mostly because I love trying to beat my kids. They love this game, too — and let me win sometimes. Isn’t that nice?
This classic game is not only still fun but makes kids think strategically! For two-players.
Use those visual discrimination skills to make sets of three (symbols, numbers, colors, and shading.) It’s a bit tricky to figure out until you see the examples in the directions.
This is a game of strategy for 2 to 4 players. It’s a Mensa select game, Parents’ Choice Silver Honor and Dr. Toy’s Best Game of the Year from Gamewright. It’s a cool strategy family game with an Egyptian twist.
Similar to Sudoku but with colorful marbles on a wooden grid. The object of the game is to only have 1 of each color per each row, column, and 3×3 box. My kids enjoy playing these puzzles — and I’m always so amazed at how good they are at these visual logic games. Kids these days, right?!
The Settlers of Catan
Players must roll and trade for resources to build roads, settlements, and cities for points. The first to ten points wins. It’s easy to learn but strategy requires some practice.
Similar to Tic Tac Toe but harder to win. Gobblet play is “gobbling” up the other player’s wooden pieces so you get four in a row.
If you love strategy and medieval French history, then this is the perfect family strategy game for you. Players strategize how to develop the area around the city tile by tile to build their power and dominance.