From card games to board games and dice games, here are the best learning games for kids from 2014. We’re huge family game night people and it’s important to me that we play educational games that make us think, use strategies, solve problems, and improve other skills.
Best New Learning Games for Kids 2014
1. Spot It Holidays (ages 6 – 15)
From snowmen to candy canes, each card is decorated with an assortment of festive images, perfect for holiday stocking stuffers. Between any two cards, there is always one and only one, matching image. Spot it first to win!
2. Kitten Caboodle (ages 4 – 12)
Kitten Caboodle is a card collecting, card-matching game, where you draw cards or “go fish” from another player’s hand to collect cards that match what a cat wants. If you match what the cat wants, you collect the cat. This is a very fun family game. REVIEW HERE.
3. Get the Picture Dot to Dot Race (ages 8+)
2 players or 2 teams race to identify their mystery images by following secret clues. The clue windows on the game board reveal a series of dots to connect, or a special puzzle-solving hint to decipher. Record your guess what the image might be after every clue. Continue opening windows, connecting dots and guessing until you get the picture. Talk about a fun family game night game!
4. Brave Rats (ages 8+)
Both players have a hand of eight cards, numbered 0 to 7, with each character on the card possessing a special power. In a calculated duel, both players reveal a card. The victory goes to the higher number, unless the special power overrules. The first player to win four rounds claims the kingdom for their clan. A 2 player strategy card game that we’ve been really loving!
5. Robot Turtles (ages 4+)
Robot Turtles is a board game for kids inspired by the Logo programming language. Players dictate the movements of their Robot Turtle tokens on a game board by playing Code Cards: Forward, Left and Right. The game has many levels so, as the players advance, they will encounter obstacles like Ice Walls and use more complex Code Cards (like lasers to melt the walls). Play continues until all players collect a jewel, so everyone wins.
6. Quack A Doodle Moo (ages 7+)
The party game where everyone is an animal…or at least sounds like one! In Quack-a-doodle-Moo each player gets a Barn Card with a random farm animal and the fun begins. As cards are quickly flipped over, tongue-tied players stumble and stutter to blurt out the animal sounds of other players.
7. Robot Face Race (ages 4 – 12)
Shake the robot identification device to reveal a robot’s features. Scan the robot heads on the board until you find the match. Find it first and collect a robot scoring token. Game board with 120 different robots. Great visual-discrimination game for family game night! REVIEW HERE.
8. Puzzle Battle (ages 6 – 15 yrs)
In this new twist on a classic puzzle game, there are always two complete puzzles inside every box! The first player to put their puzzle back together will be crowned the winner! Beware: both puzzles might look identical, but the colors vary and the images are reversed. It is up to you to be observant and faster than your opponent to win this Puzzle Battle. Fun puzzle game for two players.
9. Qwixx – A Fast Family Dice Game (ages 8 +)
Qwixx is simple dice strategy game where each decision is crucial – the more numbers you cross off, the more points you score. With no downtime between turns you’ll have a chance to gain from each and every roll. Just one round of this thrilling game and you will be caught up in Qwixx-fever.
10. Battle Sheep (ages 7 – 15)
The goal is to occupy the most pastures with your sheep. On their turn, players split a stack of their sheep and move a portion as far is it can go in a straight line to a new pasture. Watch out for sneaky sheep and plan your moves carefully to fence out your foe. Lots of great thinking in this game.
11. Pryamix – The Three Sided Strategy Game (ages 8+)
In this strategy game, take turns removing one cube at a time from the pyramid stack. As cubes come out, others will slide down towards the base. Plan your moves carefully as the bottom-most cubes are worth big points at the end. And watch out for cobras that may drop in and take a bite out of your score. Love this game for kids!
12. Last Letter (Ages 8+)
Think Fun’s twist on a simple last letter game. Race to come up with and blurt out a word from one of the picture cards in your hand. Think fast and remember that your word must begin with the last letter of the word previously called? Get rid of your cards first to win.
13. Small World (ages 10 – 14)
Small World is a zany, light-hearted card game in which 2-5 players vie for conquest and control of a board that is simply too small to accommodate them all. Picking the right combination of fantasy races and unique special powers, players must rush to expand their empires – often at the expense of weaker neighbors. Small World is inhabited by a cast of characters such as dwarves, wizards, amazons, giants, orcs and even humans; who use their troops to occupy territory and conquer adjacent lands in order to push the other races off the face of the earth.
14. Aristotle Number Puzzle (ages 7 – 15)
The aim of this puzzle math game is to make every row add up to 38. There are 15 rows in all directions to complete, each made up of 3, 4 or 5 pieces. This brilliant concept allows you to complete the puzzle by using every number from 1 – 19.
16. Spy Tag (ages 5+)
Spot the spies. Draw spy cards and slap them on the matching agent cards laid out in front of your teammates. Get caught with a match when the timer goes off and draw a card from the secret briefcase pile. Hilarious fun!
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