Back-to-School Success Starts with Game Play!
If you’re like us, you’ve been thinking about how to best prepare kids for back-to-school success. There are many things you can do to support and supplement the fantastic learning kids get from school, right at home! Game play! Game play to advance learning is something we’re not only passionate about, it’s our entire world.
Between SimplyFun’s four core academic categories, there’s a game (or five!) that will send kids confidently back to the classroom. Today, we’re bringing attention and awareness to SimplyFun’s Math & STEM game category.
Math & STEM
SimplyFun’s Math & STEM games span a variety of skills and abilities from preschool age and up. From counting, operations, and probability to engineering, physics, and astronomy, there’s a SimplyFun game to suit any child. Read on to learn about a few of our top Math & STEM games that will best prep kids for success.
Light up their love for math from an early age with Glow Spotters! Practice numbers, addition, and spatial reasoning while collecting various-shaped Glow Tiles.
The Glow Spotters Troop is on a nature adventure, trying to count fireflies to earn their Firefly badges. Each player has a set of firefly boards numbered 1 to 10. First, roll the die and collect Glow Tiles. Then, fit and arrange the shapes to fill the grid on the boards to reach the sum of fireflies shown. The first player to complete all their boards wins the game and receives their Firefly badge! Glow Spotters is perfect for 1-4 players ages 5 and up and takes 20 minutes to play. Read more about Glow Spotters and other games your 5-year-old will love, here.
Grill Party is fun for the whole family and helps teach ‘more than’ and ‘less than’ concepts. Kids will have so much fun playing, they won’t even realize how much they’re learning!
Practice algebra and planning concepts by placing and swapping food pieces on the grill to match situations on your food cards. Be the first to match all your cards to win. We can’t promise you won’t get hungry in the process! Grill Party is for 2-5 players ages 8 and up and takes 20-30 minutes to play. Hungry for more great math games? Check out our recent blog post about building confidence by sneaking in math through game play.
Blast off into fun and learning while touring space and conducting planetary research! Planet Voyagers focuses on astronomy and strategy, and even includes a ‘fun facts’ solar system poster for continued learning. Ready? Let’s launch!
In Planet Voyagers, players journey from planet to planet, sending out research probes to earn points. While they travel, they learn interesting facts about the celestial bodies near and far. Players read their voyager cards and data boards, learning important facts about planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. Simultaneously, players analyze their voyager cards, as well as the movements and cards of other players, adapting strategies and making decisions that help them score points. The first player to land their rocket on the planet Neptune or to score 12 points wins the game! Planet Voyagers is intended for 2-5 players ages 8 and up and takes 30 minutes to play.
Oh and by the way, Planet Voyagers recently won a 2021 Academics’ Choice ‘Brain Toy’ Award! Read more about this international educational award honoring excellence in mind-building media and toys, here.