Anything remotely school-related is a total summer break bummer! But that doesn't mean the learning has to stop. Summer is the perfect time for kids to discover that learning isn't limited to the classroom or the school year. There's undercover learning to be found in their favorite summer activities, especially playing games. This week, we're highlighting 16 games that successfully combine playing with learning to boost skills while having fun.
For kids who like to make stuff, Contraption Maker and LittleBigPlanet2 will get them solving puzzles while they create their own games and machines. History lovers will have fun with Sid Meier's Civilization V as they explore world civilizations and grow their own cultures and cities through strategy and decision-making. And for an ELA and math double whammy, Professor Layton and the Curious Village gets kids solving math puzzles while they track story lines and mysteries throughout the game's levels. With these picks, you don't have to worry about your kids' skills melting away like an ice cream cone on a hot summer day.