Play and Learn
Related pages : Games Building Resources; Video Games for Classrooms
Pre-made Games for Game-based Learning
There are also educational games listed in our educational resources by subjects : Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social studies, Arts and Music.
Game Classroom – educational games, lessens and videos reviewed and categorized into subjects and grades (K-6) by experienced educators.
Game-Based Learning Database of Resources – View or add to this community’s collectively-built educational games database from edWeb – Click here. (more than 100 games categoried by ages, purposes and sources…)
Game On: Increasing Learning though Online Games is a site by teachers that has resources, links, ideas, and games to use in education to help students get engaged and understand concepts. Games are sorted by topic (Arts and Musics, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) and by grade level under topic (elementary, middle, high school).
The Kindersite has 1,000s of links to the best games, songs and stories for young children and language learners. There is a children’s links directory categorized age related links (no registration required) , you can access to full features after registration(free). It’s selected by the European Community, Directorate-General for Education and Culture for 14 projects in education. The purpose of building this site is to use technology and games in learning.
Building Blocks has a wide variety of children’s games, including games about music, weather, memorization, feelings, and matching. This site also has free books, stories about the characters, and sing-along songs. This site is geared toward pre-school and lower elementary aged children.
The Yuckiest Site on the Internet, hosted by Discovery Kids. Kids can learn about roaches, worms, cool and gross things about the body, science experiments for home, and playing science-based online games. Children can also ask questions, and the answers will be posted along with the questions.
Epistemic Game are computer games that can help players learn to think like engineers, urban planners, journalists, lawyers, and other innovative professionals, giving them the tools they need for a changing world. The Epistemic Games Group is made up of researchers, educators, and game designers who create games in which players see what it is like to live in the world of adults.
Quest Atlantis provides 3D multi-user environment to immerse children, ages 9-16, in educational tasks, it delivers socially and academically meaningful learning for children by completing quests in the virtual world and real world.
Moonbase Alpha – Step into the role of an explorer in a futuristic lunar settlement… Your mission is to restore critical systems after a meteor strike cripples life support equipment.
Learning Technologies is NASA’s educational-technology incubator, The cornerstone of our research and development is combining advanced educational technologies with NASA content, producing learning tools that engage and inspire today’s tech-savvy students.
Simutrans is a freeware and open-source transportation simulation game. Your goal is to establish a successful transport company. Transport passengers, mail and goods by rail, road, ship and air. The development started as a personal hobby then grew into a community effort.
The games from Games for Change include topics in civics, health, conflict, economics, education, environment, human rights, poverty and newsgames, can be searched by ages.
Lure of the Labyrinth – Online, Flash-based video game that addresses middle grades mathematics (ratios, algebraic expressions, etc.). This site is well-themed, provides supporting lessons and strategies for teachers, and allows students to customize their play experience.
WolfQuest is a 3D wildlife simulation game for learning wolf behavior and ecology by exploring Yellowstone National Park with social interactions, it’s a project of the Minnesota Zoo and eduweb.
Immune Attack – An educational video game that teaches about the immune system.
PlanetInAction.com uses Google Earth,a highly detailed 3D representation of our entire planet, and quality ideas, applications and concepts that let you experience your planet in a whole new way.
eduweb had joined with many museums, aquariums, organizations to produce numerous educational games in history, earth & space, science, engineering & technology, natural history, visual arts, performaing arts, health& medicine, people & cultures and economics, you may explore more on their website.
Classroom, Inc,’s exciting academic-based workplace simulations games engage and challenge students and help them stay on track to graduate from high school.
FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Programme. Play games and answer questions, for every answer you get right, the advertisers in this site provide 10 grains to hungry people for free !
DoSomething.org has free games(for a cause) help create a culture of doing something for others. Do Something is an organization directed towards young people that fosters volunteerism.
Interactive Whiteboard Games – great interactive games collection from PBS KIDS (mostly for K-2)
Whyville was launched in 1999 by Numedeon, Inc. and works directly with the Getty, NASA, the School Nutrition Association (to name just a few) to bring engaging educational games to kids. It’s a virtual world with its “money” which must be earned by solving games and from that kids learn about math, history, science, journalism, civics, economics, and more. WhyPower uses SooperMinds to help students see career pathways for energy jobs where they live.
Arcademic Skill Builders are free research-based and standards-aligned educational games. The games are a result of blending video game features into instructional research in order to achieve a high rate of student learning through increased time-on-task and engagement.
KidsKnowIt Network have thousands of free educational games, activities, articles, movies, books and other resources in several categories like spelling, science, math, history, geography, geology, chemistry for K-6 ; and there is a virtual world called Miamiopia designed to tie these resources together, and to allow children to earn rewards, for interacting with those learning materials.
On Quiz-Tree.com you will find free educational games and quizzes on many subjects, including Math, Reading, foreign languages, Geography, SAT, Spelling, Music and more for pre-K to adults (you can search by grade). All activities come with animated interface, fun sounds and other features.
Sheppard Software has a collection of free web-based educational games, it covers Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts. Most of the games are for elementary and middle school students, some are good for high schoolers. The geography games are recommended.
Learning Games for Kids is sponsored by Time4Learning, an online home education program for homeschooling, afterschool, and summer learning. Time4Learning combines learning with fun educational teaching games and Time4Writing online writing courses. The games are divided into subjects and grade levels.
ABCya has all kinds of free educational computer games for elementary school students. The games do not require users to register. ABCya is divided into grade levels (K-5) then subdivided based on subject area so it’s easy to find what you are looking for. There is even an app for the iPad!
Pbskids provides activities and games for elementary kids. Check out some of the games featuring some of those amazing PBS characters, puzzles, animals, and dinosaurs! Most of kids will enjoy being rewarded with prizes and rewards.
PBS Lions– There are games, stories, video clips, and Lions To Go! It is designed to be navigated and enjoyed by young kids on their own pace. They do a good job to introduce kids to a wide variety of storytelling ways and subject matter. Accompanying each story is a story-specific game to extend either the vocabulary or phonics found in the story itself.
Fuel the Brain aims at that teachers won’t have to hunt and search for activities for hours or spend a fortune on materials. The site currently focuses on kindergarten-third grade objectives with printables, games and interactives. They offer game widgets for you to embed in your own websites.
Cyberkidz is an educational platform for kids in the age of 4 till 12 years. By playing the educational games, children will practice subjects they learn in elementary school (Preschool, Kindergarten, Grades 1-5).
Learning Planet – Another free site with a multitude of resources. The site is set up for students to play and learn, and for teachers to discover resources to use in their lessons. There are four categories : pre-school through kindergarten, 1st through 3rd, 4th through 5th, and 7th and up. There are also apps for the iPhone.
Fun School Caboose – This site includes all the core subjects, also includes sports and the fine arts, it provides games and activities for students in kindergarten through the sixth grade.
Game Goo – The easy to use interface lets you know what is for beginners, intermediates, and advanced! You will find some fun at this site from the people at Houghton Mifflin Company!
Woodlands Junior School Games – interactive educational games and activities
MrNussbaum.com – educational games in Math, Language art, Geography, History, Science and even sport learning for elementary schoolers
Tux4Kids is open-source software, you can download it for free, it supports all major platforms, including Windows, Macintosh, and Linux/Unix. The programs are used by people around the globe, and they have been translated into dozens of different languages. These programs can be freely extended or customized, and they are supported by active communities of volunteer developers.
- TuxMath – It lets kids hone their arithmetic skills while they defend penguins from incoming comets, or offers them a chance to explore the asteroid belt with only their factoring abilities to bring them through safely!
- TuxPaint – This remarkable drawing program empowers kids to be creative in an environment complete with magic tools and sound effects.
- TuxTyping – Tux the penguin is hungry, and loves to eat fish. But Tux can only catch the fish if you type the right letters in time!
Simon Tatham’s Portable Puzzle Collection – 32 one-player puzzle games, it is all distributed under the MIT license, you can play online or download them.
BrainBashers is a collection of brain teasers, puzzles, riddles, games and optical illusions. With over one hundred awards, there are thousands of puzzles and brain teasers, and with new material added every single day.
Fit Brains is a platform of free games designed to strengthen five areas of cognitive brain function : problem solving, memory, concentration, language, visual. Their games are scientifically-designed for the third graders above to adults, provided with progress report, awards and community features.
Novel Games provides a lot of educational games for free including math and word games. All of the games are available in multiple formats and easily embedded into your website.
Serious Games Market is a blog digging the best of serious games used for education, training and changing our world.
Social Impact Games – entertaining games with non-entertainment goals (a.k.a. serious games)
SpecialEffect is dedicated to helping ALL young people with disabilities to enjoy computer games. For young people with disabilities, the majority of computer games are simply too quick or too difficult to play. SpecialEffect can help them and their parents to find out which games they CAN play, and how to adapt those games that they can’t.
Teaching Educational Games Resources from the Wiki of OpenContent.org
Readings – A list of the reading you use in teaching about educational games including books, journal articles, non-journal articles, and news stories
Multimedia Materials – A list of the games and other multimedia materials you use in teaching about educational games
Technical Resources – A list of technical resources (software, games, game engines, etc.) that have been used in teaching about educational games
Classroom Help – Online classes, and the syllabi, schedules, and other materials you use in teaching about educational games
Additional Teaching Resources – Links to other resources that are useful to folks teaching about educational games (including conferences, academic programs, web sites, etc.)
Career Resources – Links to resources primarily focused on career options for students taking educational game courses
Game Topics – Foundational issues worth covering in courses
Glossary of Gaming Terms
Gaming and Libraries – What libraries are doing with games
Contributors – If you do add material to the wiki, make sure to leave your name and contact info here!
Information about Specific Games
World of Warcraft