If you can’t get your kids away from their computers, why not introduce them to a selection of online games that might teach them something too? They won’t even notice the educational element as they’ll be too busy having fun!
A treasure hunt adventure full of fun and Horrible Histories facts like ‘Songbirds were a great delicacy for rich Tudors. Some were even baked alive inside pies’. Yuk! Stroll around the town collecting pieces of a treasure map, video clips and passwords, choose questions to ask people and find objects other people ask you to get for them. There are 4 adventures – Rotten Romans, Terrible Tudors, Awful Egyptians and Measly Middle Ages. Once you have all the passwords you can play the final Time Sewer Challenge and become a Horrible Histories expert. This is fantastic interactive game that’ll keep the kids busy for ages! Plus, they’re learning at the same time!
Teaches maths skills
Make sums fun with Math Lines. You have to destroy balls by forming pairs that add up to 10 by pointing at them and shooting. You can also use one ball to destroy a group of same-numbered balls. It requires quick maths skills to explode all the balls. Be careful, it’s addictive!
Based on the Disney film Tangled, Flynn, the courageous hero, is running from the guards. Help him escape and collect items along the way to help you pass to the next level. Fun and only requires basic up, down, left, right, jump, hide keyboards skills.
Teaches trajectories, speed and distances
Information is received that Loki, Baron Zemo, Crimson Dynamo and Abomination have joined forces and you have to stop them! You aim and shoot an Avenger into the air, learning about trajectories by stopping the gun at the angle of your choice and choosing the right amount of power for distance. The Avengers act as cannonballs and destroy every baddie they come into contact with. It’s a bit frustrating while you get the hang of it, but then it’s fairly straightforward to progress to the next level. Try and get the boys away from this game at your own risk!
Teaches hand-eye coordination
Spongebob is always a big hit with the kids, so a fun game with him as the star is bound to go down well. Spongebob is feeling under the weather and has some very strange objects inside him. Drag them through the maze of intestines, but don’t touch the edges or Spongebob will feel worse! It’s a bit like a virtual version of board game Operation. Great for fans of the TV programme and also for hand-eye coordination.
Teaches engineering skills
budding engineers, this game will test your child’s problem-solving
skills while they’re tinkering around in the workshop of Wallace, of
Wallace and Gromit fame. You start off in the practice shed where the
first thing you have to do is help Wallace build an object that
transports a crash test version of Wallace to the Tube. If your design
doesn’t work, you can always go back for a tinker!
Develops memory skills
Stickybeard through the tunnels as he tries to infiltrate the den by
memorising the level codes and repeating them to open the doors. There
are five lights on each door, just copy which flashing lights in the
correct order and the door will open. Great for practising memory!
you have a child who loves spelling, or one who needs a little help?
Make it fun with this Spelling Bee game. There’s even a mini Bee game
for 5- to 11-year-olds. If you want to play a game without sound, you
can play My family camping holiday with lots of activities including
filling in letters (teaches spelling) and then you have to fill in what
you’ve remembered from that exercise on the next page. It’s all good
learning, but fun at the same time!
Teaches basic day-to-day activities
put the events in the right order with your magic fairy wand! Start
with teeth brushing. Which comes first? Rinsing? Sleeping? Putting
toothbrush on your brush? Get the video in the right order and you can
move on! Perfect for little girls.
Teaches spelling and concentration
online wordsearches that don’t need to be printed, including a Harry
Potter and the Goblet of Fire search, animals, countries and more. Do it
against the clock and see if you can beat your time! Kids will love
this, but only if they have the patience to find all the words!