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10 Great Games for Elementary Students

It's hard to narrow the list of great games out there, but we did it! Here are 10 top recommendations from our editors. Use them with kids from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade to help them move around, go on adventures, and learn foundational math and science. Whether kids are playing an engaging STEM puzzler or creating their own games from scratch, they're sure to have fun and learn at the same time. 

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Cork the Volcano - Puzzlets

Fun elementary coding through hands-on puzzle tiles

Bottom line: Programming that combines engaging physical puzzle tiles with digital gameplay.


Brief bursts of physical exercise add classroom fun, build brain power

Bottom line: In a genre of its own, GoNoodle is a ready-to-go and classroom-friendly exercise program that challenges students to get moving.

Zoo U

Research-based social game has terrific assessment potential

Bottom line: A powerful and focused social problem-solving game designed to reach kids who need direct instruction.

DreamBox Learning Math

Individualized, game-based math adapts to kids' needs

Bottom line: This is a pretty nice all-in-one solution for extra math support and practice with solid adaptive tech, but students might need help with the interface.

DragonBox Big Numbers

Carrot-and-stick arithmetic app makes students fluent in regrouping

Bottom line: Hopelessly addictive addition/subtraction app keeps students learning and learning.

The Land of Venn - Geometric Defense

Brilliant, wacky adventure game seamlessly integrates geometry

Bottom line: This captivating game is a great way to introduce or reinforce early geometry concepts.

Busy Water

Solve, create, and share puzzles that gush with STEM learning

Bottom line: This challenging yet kid-friendly set of logic puzzles wonderfully allows kids to solve problems and experiment with light science concepts.


Adaptive math practice wrapped in role-playing adventure

Bottom line: Sometimes kids just need some math practice to get things to stick, and Prodigy delivers in a fun format with great teacher support.

Space by Tinybop

Zoom into our solar system, solve mysteries with open-ended play

Bottom line: Learn about the sun, moon, and planets through interactive open-ended play.

The Infinite Arcade by TinyBop

Simple game-design app has endless creative potential

Bottom line: Design, play, and improve your own arcade games.

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