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
Two players, deductive reasoning, communication, and fun! Try to guess your opponent’s mystery player. This game is a kid favorite choice and a great introduction to deductive reasoning.
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.
Smart Games Squirrels Go Nuts
My kids think this is adorable (because squirrels!) but it’s also a super fun logic game. Plus, it’s portable and kids can play it by themselves. When playing, they’ll be developing both problem solving and spatial skills. The goal is to get the acorns into the holes and it’s trickier than you’d think!
My kids like this game so much. Kids try to match the challenge card using 3 test tubes, 6 colored balls, and NO HANDS. The first one done wins the card; the first person to get five cards wins.
Sherlock Express is great for both thinking and visual discrimination because kids use the alibi clue cards to eliminate suspects and find the culprit. THINKING. So much thinking. For example, if your kids turn over an alibi card picture of the library, it means that any of the suspects with a library background are eliminated as the culprit.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?! REVIEW HERE.
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.