10 Days of Using Games in School

Using games in school

If you’re a frequent reader on this blog, you know I’m a big fan of games for learning.  On a fairly regular basis I’ve been talking about different games we’ve used in our schoolwork, and who those games work best for, but it’s never been an organized effort.  This series is going to be my effort to help you figure out the best games for school.


A few months ago I guest posted over at Upsidedown Homeschooling and wrote about the benefits of using games in school.  That’s a quick rundown of some reasons to use games in school.  But, there are a few other things I want you to think about as you’re playing games with your kids:

Should you play to win or let your child win?  This is a great post with some good points to think through.  I tend to not deliberately play to lose, but I will occasionally let a move go by that I know would cause them to lose.  There are also times I play to win completely, mainly when I feel the child has mastered the game to the point where they are playing competitively.  Another thing to think about “Does letting your child win affect how they learn the games in school?”


If you play games often enough and long enough you get quite a collection, the picture above is only one shelf of our two bookshelves, so it becomes a dilemma.  Imperfect Homemaking shared her tip for storing board games, and I think it’s a great idea.  We also store ours on the side, and I’ve noticed they do tend to slip open, and make messes.  My imperfect solution is to buy more games and cram more in there…………….  There are many philosophies for storing board games.

My Mom took all of the games out of the box and stored the small pieces in a tool box numbered to match the board, they took up significantly less space, but it was also easier to lose pieces.

I’ve discovered buying the jewelry bags they sell at craft stores for selling your homemade necklaces in are perfect for storing most all game pieces and keeping them sorted within your game collection.

Many of the games I’m going to bring up involve holding cards, and I don’t know about your kids, but mine struggle with this from time to time.  No Time for Flashcards came up with some great ideas for helping kids hold game cards.

Finally, I found a few posts with a generic listing of board games, that don’t particularly fit any of the categories I’m planning on writing about, but I want you to have a chance to see these ideas:  Unschooling: Games split up by subject; and A Curriculum of Games.  Both of these posts have a great listing of games to look through.

Finally, if you’re looking for my collection of game ideas so far, I highly recommend my pinterest board, I’ve got 48 pins and growing related to board games to play with your families.

Games in school

Games in school

Posts in this series:

Day 1:  benefits of using games in school, and links of other reasons to play

Day 2: Active Games/Outdoor Games

Day 3: Preschool Games

Day 4: Reading Games

Day 5: Math Games

Day 6: Geography Games

Day 7: History Games

Day 8: Science Games

Day 9: Travel Games

Day 10: Solo or Two Player Games

Spring Hopscotch 2013

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    • I hadn’t really thought about electronic games, but I’ll throw in what I know of as it’s applicable, I’m more of a game board fan than electronic games.

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