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14 of the BEST Reading, Math, History and Science Board Game Ideas for the Classroom

I'm a huge fan of using games in the classroom! Kids naturally love to play and I truly believe that learning through play is the best way to grow those little minds. Board games should be a part of every classroom from preschool through high school. Not only are they great for rainy day inside recess, board games can be a great supplement to your academic curriculum.

Here are some of the best boards games for the elementary classroom that help build reading, math, science, and social studies skills (includes affiliate links).


Students who struggle in reading often don’t like to read, so getting them to pick up a book and practice is difficult. But board games don’t feel like work to these kids. Here are some games my students enjoy that help build decoding, spelling, vocabulary, and word recognition skills:

Wordplay for Kids reading board game

Wordplay for Kids is a great game for kids that adults can also enjoy. Players spin the spinner to get two letters. Then they must think of words containing those letters that also fit it a certain category like foods or animals or something found in the house. This game is easy to learn and play. I would recommend it for 2nd grade and up.