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Gameschooling Science

Fun Science Games to Make Scientific Learning Even More Hands-On!

Kid Science Games

By Mindy Scirri, Ph.D.

Science is inherently interactive, but sometimes it is not taught that way. There are a lot of vocabulary and complex concepts, so traditional teaching methods often usurp the bulk of science time. The hands-on parts are then relegated to science labs, which are often followed by long and tedious lab reports. Enter kid science games! Science, by nature, is exciting and built on curiosity. If your science lessons have become stale, or you just want to spice up your science learning, try a little gameschooling! See below for some ideas and resources….

What is Gameschooling for Science?

Science Board Games
Free Online Science Games for Kids

Other Science Learning Games and Resources for Your Gameschool

*This post contains affiliate links. Things you buy through our links may earn us a commission. Although many of the resources listed here are free, those marked with a $ have a cost or require a fee/subscription in order to access the full range of materials.

 

What is Gameschooling for Science?

The Gameschooling Homeschool Method can be used for science by adding interactive board games and Internet games, and even field games, to your homeschooling day. Science games can be used to reinforce tricky concepts, practice skills, or dive deeper into topics of interest, and can supplement science curriculum or even replace it. Combining curiosity and fun, science games can become the highlights of homeschooling days!

Check out our list of multi-subject learning games and resources and try some of these science-specific learning games:

 

 

Science Board Games

If your family enjoys board games, finding a good kid science game can bring fun for everyone. There are science board games for every level and every branch of science. Check out these to get some ideas:

Brain Games Kids | Buffalo Games Store $
Play fun games designed to mess with your mind! Explore the limits of the human brain and how it works! Discover fascinating facts and brainy news nuggets! Includes 128 Challenge Cards, game board, card holder, 6 pawns and instructions. 8 years and up; 2 or more players.”

Cellulose: A Plant Cell Biology Game | A Strategy Board Game with Accurate Science $
Learn plant cell biology from a scientifically fun game! Players build cell walls, carbohydrates, and hormones and play with proteins, CO2, water, ATP, and chloroplasts just like in biology class. […] Cellulose teaches plant cell biology and organelles like nucleus, ribosomes, cytoplasm, chloroplasts, and mitochondria at middle school, high school or college levels. Complies with STEM and NGSS standards.”

Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game | A Scientifically Accurate Board Game $
“Learn cell biology from a science game! Players build enzymes, hormones, and receptors and play with proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and DNA or mRNA. […] Engage your kids and students with a game that will help them learn while also challenging them to think critically.”

Ecosystem | Genius Games $
“Learn about ecology from a science game! Players build ecosystems of wild animals such as bears, foxes, and rabbits, in environments such as streams, forests, and meadows and are rewarded for sustainability and diversity! […] Players choose, pass, and arrange eleven different card types and earn points by aligning animals with habitats where they most flourish.”

Guess in 10—Animal Planet | Skillmatics $
“Divide yourselves up in teams or play one on one. Ask up to 10 questions to guess the animal on the game card! Is it a carnivore? Is it a domestic animal? Does it live in groups? Think hard, ask intelligent questions, and be the first player to win 7 game cards! Winner of the 2022 National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) and the 2022 Parents’ Picks Awards. This is the most exciting game you’ll find for Family Game Night that can be thoroughly enjoyed by all ages 6 and up!”

Orbital Velocity Board Game $
“Orbital Velocity is an award winning 2 or 4 player board game for ages 10+ that plays in about 30 minutes. You can learn to play and set up in just a few mins. Space-themed game that can be played by the whole family. In this, you are a rocket scientist, jointly operating with others to deploy satellites into orbits. Make math and science fun using this game. In this game you use addition, subtraction, multiplication, primes, probabilities, combinatorials, and memory. See improvement in just a few short games. Feel the excitement as you make risky moves and face near misses. You will also start having discussions about orbits and other scientific concepts.”

Periodic: A Game of the Elements | Genius Games $
“Learn chemistry from Periodic, a science game where players move across the periodic table to collect elements using the periodic trends. […] All elements, groups, periodic trends, and vocabulary in Periodic are concepts covered in chemistry class, making it one of the best educational games to aid science teachers. […] Designed to teach the chemistry behind the structure and properties of the periodic table at middle school, high school or college levels. Complies with STEM and NGSS standards.”

Photosynthesis Board Game | Blue Orange Games $
“Photosynthesis is one of the best environmental board games referring to the life cycle of trees, for science and biology enthusiasts. This best-selling board game has an amazing table presence with an ever-changing forest. Take your trees through their life cycles, from seedling to full bloom to rebirth, and earn light points as their leaves collect energy from the revolving sun’s rays.”

Rock & Mineral Game Set | National Geographic $
“Kids will have a blast with this game set! They’ll play rock bingo, mineral memory, gem-tac-toe, trivia, and have a full deck of playing cards that can also be used as flash cards. STEM has never been so much fun! In addition to all the fun games, kids will also receive 25 rock specimens and over 150 rock, mineral, and gemstone specimens! The rocks and gems serve as game pieces, but also make a fun addition to any rock collection!”

STEM Family Battle | Dr. Moku $
“Prepare to be stumped by this seriously challenging STEM trivia game while kids team up against you…and learn as they play. Full of traps, sneaky shortcuts and secret details. 800 balanced Science, Technology, Engineering and Math questions for both kids and adults including references to video games and other pop culture tropes. Help or hinder other players as you race to be the first to unlock the chest!”

Valence Plus | Science Ninjas $
“In Valence Plus, you’ll build elite Science Ninja teams out of elements from the periodic table to find molecules and win the game! But be careful – opponents might attack you with acid squads, reducing your bases to worthless salt and water! It’s all here – molecule formation, acids and bases, chemical reactions, even advanced concepts like secondary oxidation states. Studies demonstrate players learn and retain the knowledge. Valence Plus is the ideal teaching tool for engaging both high achievers and those struggling with chemistry concepts.”

 

Free Online Science Games for Kids

Don’t want to spend a fortune on science board games? There are plenty of science games for free all over the Internet!

Creative Chemistry Crosswords
“Creative Chemistry has a selection of interactive chemistry crosswords just for you. You can play them online, or you can save them to print out and solve later. Give them a go for revision or just for fun. Good luck!

CyberChase | PBS Kids
Get involved by watching this animated adventure television series about a team of kids on daring missions in Cyberspace. Then use your brain power in games and activities related to science and engineering, and more.

Kids Environment-Kids Health Games | National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Check out these science brainteasers, games, puzzles, riddles, and songs for kids.

Knowledge Adventure—Science Games
Find educational games that are easy to access by grade (preschool to grade 6), subject (word, reading, spelling, science, math, animals), and age (toddler to age 12), plus arcade games that are just for fun. An index of game titles helps you go back to your favorites with one click. Have scientific fun with Gold Fishing, Ball Control, Balloons, Cup Stacking, and more!

Learning Games for Kids
“Want educational games that make learning fun for preschoolers up to middle school kids? You’ve come to the right place! We’ll be adding new educational games often so make sure to come back and check us out frequently.” Explore space games, weather games, motion games, and heat energy games.

Mr. Nussbaum Learning + Fun—Science Games
Try games like Virtual Birdwatcher, Animalia, Solar System Maker, Virtual Butterfly Garden Online Game, and others!

NASA Space Place
Help your young scientists learn through play with the Laser-Based Space Communications Relay Game, CubeSat Builder Game, Explore Mars Game, Helios Game, and more!

National Geographic Kids Games
Do puzzles or quiz games. Try action and adventure games. Play with funny fill-ins or take a personality quiz. Which animal are you?

PBS Kids Games
Choose from online single-player and play-together science games like nature games, animals games, dinosaur games, space games, engineering games, and more!

Primary Games
Check out over 1,000 games with new games added weekly! Find science games focused on doctors, physics, and more. Try arcade games, board games, card games, and classic games, and games that require matching, simulation, skill, and strategy.

The Royal Society
Enjoy digital highlights from our 2021 Summer Science programme below. Discover our top selection of free online games, fun digital activities suitable for all the family and immersive content to pass the rainy days, all created by our research groups.”

Science Games | ABCya
“Eureka! Grab your lab coat and get ready to ace your next science test. Have fun while learning about the water cycle, the skeletal system… and more!”

Science Games | Turtle Diary
Find science games focused on animals, plants, the human body, weather and seasons, the food chain, energy, Earth and resources, and even more!

Sheppard Software—Science Games
Check out this library of free online science games like Animal Classification, the Producers and Consumers Game, the Food Chain Game, Endangered Animals Puzzles, and more!

Wow Science
Play Galactic Explorer, Build Your Own Space Mission, Rainbow Mechanic, Invention Engine, Power Up, Build a Skeleton, and others!

 

Other Science Learning Games and Resources for Your Gameschool

Still curious about bringing science games and other fun activities into your homeschool? Here are just a few more resources….

Outside Games | Neuroscience for Kids
Want to learn about neuroscience by running around and playing games outside? Find out more about games like Synaptic Tag, Neuron Chain, Cochlear Hopscotch, Brain Freeze-Tag, and more!

Science Art and Drawing Games for Kids $
By Karyn Tripp (Author)
“In Science Art and Drawing Games for Kids, you’ll find an amazing collection of more than 35 hands-on art activities that make learning about science fun. […] Written by Karyn Tripp, author of Math Art and Drawing Games for Kids and creator of the popular educational blog TeachBesideMe.com, the book guides children ages 8 and up through hands-on activities that explore an engaging variety of art and craft techniques and science concepts,” including: energy and motion, electricity and magnetism, living science, chemical reactions, and color and light.”

Space Explorers | Skillmatics $
“Includes 6 double-sided activity mats, 2 Skilly Billy Dry Erase Markers, 1 Duster cloth and 1 Skilly Billy Achievement Certificate. All the activity mats come with instructions which are easy to understand. 20 highly engaging and repeatable activities which build core skills through fun learning. Learn from home with Write & Wipe Activity Mats in the most fun way possible!”

 

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Know of other good science games online? Played some fun science board games? Please share your science homeschool gameschooling tips and resources in the comments below….

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