Game-based learning turns potentially tedious study time into an adventurous knowledge quest, complete with catchy soundtracks and digital rewards. It helps keep kids engaged with the subject matter and motivated to pursue greater expertise. Best of all, web- or app-based gameplay integrates easily into both online and in-person classes.
With the demise of Flash (opens in new tab) at the end of 2020, many favorite educational game sites went under. That’s why we decided to update our popular list below to include the latest and best sites and apps for K-12 education games. Many are free (or offer free basic accounts) and some provide progress tracking and analysis tools for teachers. All will help kids enjoy learning.
50 Sites & Apps for Educational Games
- ABC kids (opens in new tab)
Super simple educational gameplay for young learners aged 2-5 years.
- ABCya (opens in new tab)
More than 300 fun and educational games and mobile apps for preK-6 students. Games can be searched by Common Core State Standards, as well as Next Generation Science Standards. Fully free for desktop use, premium plan for mobile devices.
- Adventure Academy (opens in new tab)
Kids aged 8-13 years undertake a learning expedition in a safe, fun, and educational MMO environment. Subjects include language arts, math, science, and social studies. First month free, then $12.99/month or $59.99/year
- Annenberg Classroom’s That’s Your Right (opens in new tab)
Kids play alone or in multiplayer mode to learn and practice their Bill of Rights expertise. With high-quality graphics and music and three levels of difficulty, this free game is an excellent way to support civics education for middle and high school students.
- Arcademics (opens in new tab)
An award-winning, innovative site for K-8 game-based learning in math, language arts, geography, and other subjects, Arcademics includes an educational portal that allows teachers to monitor student progress, generate detailed reports, and assess student learning. Free basic account provides most features and is ad-supported.
- Baamboozle (opens in new tab)
Browse the vast database of more than 500,000 games made by teachers, or create your own multimedia learning games using text, images, and animation. Kids can play individually or in teams, online or in the classroom. Free.
- Blooket (opens in new tab)
A terrific gamified learning/quiz platform with a user-friendly interface, Blooket offers nine different game modes and runs on student devices as well as desktop computers. Free.
- Braineos (opens in new tab)
A simple, easy-to-use site with digital flash card-based games in a wide variety of subjects and topics, including English, math, sciences, and languages. No login required to play, but with a free account, users can create their own flash cards.
- Breakout EDU (opens in new tab)
BreakoutEDU takes the engagement of an escape room and brings it to the classroom, offering over 2,000 academically-aligned challenges. Students work collaboratively using 4C, SEL skills and content knowledge to solve a series of challenges. The platform also allows for students and teachers to create and share their own escape-style games using a digital game builder.
- Cells Alive! Puzzles and Games (opens in new tab)
Free digital memory match, jigsaw, and word puzzles help students reinforce classroom biology lessons.
- DimensionU (opens in new tab)
Kids grades 3-9 can learn math and literacy playing multiplayer, standards-aligned video games in a 3D virtual world. Individual plans are modestly priced per month or year, while substantial discounts are offered to schools and districts. Bonus for New Jersey educators and students: free through the entire 2021–22 school year.
- Educandy (opens in new tab)
Amusing animated characters and great sound effects make these games slightly addictive. Teachers enter vocabulary or questions and answers to create interactive learning games in minutes. A shareable code lets kids play the educational games and activities. No login is required to try the sample games. Free.
- Education Galaxy (opens in new tab)
This imaginative K-6 online platform uses game-based learning to boost kids’ academic success. The two main programs are online assessment prep and adaptive intervention for struggling learners and at-risk students. Free basic teacher’s account allows one teacher and 30 students/all subjects or 150 students/1 subject.
- Funbrain (opens in new tab)
Browse K-8 educational games by grade level, popularity, and topics such as math, grammar, and vocabulary. Lots of amusing animals featured to keep kids interested. Free, no registration required.
- GameUp (opens in new tab)
This innovative site from the creators of BrainPop provides standards-based games on topics from civics to math to coding to science. Includes lesson ideas and plans. Various fee-based plans for educators, schools and families.
- Geoguessr (opens in new tab)
A highly absorbing, highly visual geography puzzler that challenges kids to deduce location based on clues from Google Street View and Mapillary images. Great for promoting critical thinking and reasoning skills.
- Gimkit (opens in new tab)
Created by a high school student, Gimkit bills itself as a game show for the classroom. Kids can earn in-game cash with correct answers and invest the money in upgrades and power-ups. Reports for educators are generated after every game played. A second program, Gimkit Ink, allows students to publish and share their schoolwork. $4.99/month, or group pricing for schools. 30-day free trial of Gimkit Pro can be converted to free Basic account.
- GoNoodle Games (opens in new tab)
Unlike most digital activities, GoNoodle is designed to get kids moving rather than keep them glued to the screen. The latest free GoNoodle games for iOs and Android feature kids’ favorite characters, moves, and music, such as Space Race and the Addams Family.
- HoloLAB Champions Trailer (Educators Edition) (opens in new tab)
Players in this remarkable virtual chemistry lab will measure, weigh, pour, and heat in a series of competitive lab skills games. No safety goggles required—but don’t forget your virtual pair! Free for educators.
- iCivics (opens in new tab)
A rich resource for social studies education, the nonprofit iCivics was founded by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2009 to educate Americans about our democracy. The site includes an educational portal for learning about civics and standards-based games and curricula.
- Kahoot (opens in new tab)
One of the most popular sites for gamifying the classroom. Teachers create games and quizzes and students answer them on their mobile devices. Offers a plan for every budget: free basic, pro, and premium.
- Knoword (opens in new tab)
An excellent, fast-paced vocabulary game. Educators can create their own word packs and track student progress. Free basic accounts allow play of all public word packs, sharing, and exporting, while the moderately priced Pro and Team accounts allow unlimited word pack creation and assignments.
- Land of Venn (opens in new tab)
A top-rated iOS geometry game in which students draw geometric shapes to defend against monsters. Named USA Today Math Game of the Year in 2014. $2.99
- Legends of Learning (opens in new tab)
A fine collection of standards-aligned science and math games for K-8 students. Free teacher accounts, with premium features for school and district-level accounts. Be sure to check out their free upcoming game-based STEM competitions (opens in new tab).
- Little Alchemy 2 (opens in new tab)
Air. Earth. Fire. Water. Simple. Free. Simply brilliant. iOs (opens in new tab) and Android too.
- Manga High Math Games (opens in new tab)
From the game-based learning platform Manga High, 22 free math games explore topics in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, mental math, and more. Each game is accompanied by a selection of curriculum-aligned activities.
- Math and Sorcery (opens in new tab)
A super fun iOS app for learning basic math skills in an 8-bit style role-playing game. Students are challenged to find the stolen book of math and sorcery. A great way to improve mental math speed
- Math Attax (opens in new tab)
This free mobile (iOS (opens in new tab)/Google Play) math game helps students with basic math skills. An Asteroids-style shoot-em-up, it’s fast and fun.
- Math Castle (opens in new tab)
Remember the popular board game Chutes and Ladders? TVO Apps has updated it for the digital age, with a free and engaging iOS app. Kids grades 2-6 learn basic math skills while defending the castle against monsters.
- MinecraftEdu (opens in new tab)
A block-based graphics game, designed for education, that allows students to build and explore virtual worlds. Built-in educator controls support a safe and education-directed experience. Extensive classroom resources include lesson plans, training for educators, challenge building, and more.
- NASA Space Place (opens in new tab)
NASA invites users to explore Earth and outer space via games that ask big questions such as, “How does NASA talk to its faraway spacecraft?” and “How does the sun make energy?” Free and fascinating.
- National Geographic Kids (opens in new tab)
Free quizzes and games in topics ranging from animals and bugs to solving ciphers.
- Niche - Breed and Evolve iOs (opens in new tab) Android (opens in new tab)
A sophisticated genetics simulation that allows kids to create an evolving, adapting tribe of animals. Excellent for biology-based classes.
- Numbers League (opens in new tab)
An award-winning math game in a comic book style, designed for all ages.
(opens in new tab)An online education gaming platform, Oodlu is perfect for learners of any age with some reading ability. Teachers create their own games using the built-in question bank, and analytics provide progress reports for each student. Free standard account.
- PBS Kids Games (opens in new tab)
Dozens of free games, from math to social-emotional learning, will delight younger learners. No account required on this user-friendly website. English and Spanish.
- Play4A (opens in new tab)
A deceptively simple interface allows users to play surprisingly challenging games for free. In addition, teachers create gamified quizzes, then share the code with their students. A jaunty musical soundtrack adds to the enjoyment.
- Play to Prevent Games (opens in new tab)
With a focus on sensitive topics such as opioid misuse, HIV/AIDS, vaping, and unintended pregnancy, these games tackle tough social issues while supporting kids’ mental health and development. Free with request for access.
- Prodigy (opens in new tab)
An award-winning, standards-aligned online math game designed for grades 1-8, Prodigy is modeled on popular fantasy-style multiplayer games. Students select and customize an avatar, and then prepare to battle math problems. Free basic account includes core gameplay and basic pet features.
- PurposeGames (opens in new tab)
With tools for teachers, games on every school subject, badges, groups, and tournaments, PurposeGames offers a lot of free educational fun. Create your own games and quizzes too.
- Quizlet (opens in new tab)
Quizlet allows educators to create multimedia interactive online quizzes in seven different engaging styles. Free basic account.
- Reading Racer (opens in new tab)
This unique iOS game allows students to read aloud into their mobile device to help them win a race. Wonderful literacy tool for kids 5-8 years old.
- RoomRecess (opens in new tab)
Find 140+ free learning games in a wide variety of subjects, including math, language arts, typing and keyboard skills, digital puzzles, and more. Games are grouped by grades as well as topics. Highly popular with teachers and students alike.
- Sheppard Software (opens in new tab)
Hundreds of free games for preK to post-secondary students, grouped by grade level and including subjects such as animals, geography, chemistry, vocabulary, grammar, math, and STEM. Choose relaxed mode for fun, timed mode for practice tests.
- Skoolbo (opens in new tab)
A 2016 SIIA CODiE winner for Best Gamed-Based Curriculum, Skoolbo offers educational games for reading, writing, numeracy, languages, science, art, music, and logic. Digital books and step-by-step animated lessons support young learners as well. Various plans for classes and schools, with the first month free.
- Socrates (opens in new tab)
An innovative new site in which educators can differentiate instruction through a unique game-based learning system. Reporting tools help teachers track student progress.
- Solving the Rubik's Cube! (opens in new tab)
From educator Ryan Chadwick comes this top-notch digital tutorial for one of the most challenging hands-on puzzles ever. Includes images and advice to boost your speed solving Rubik’s cube. Free, no account required.
(opens in new tab)Sumdog’s standards-based math and spelling practice platform aims to boost student learning and confidence with adaptive personalized gameplay. A hit with kids and research-validated to boot. Free basic account.
- Tate Kids (opens in new tab)
Explore art-based games and quizzes on this super appealing, highly visual site from Great Britain’s Tate Museum. Activities focus on learning and discovery rather than test scores. An exceptional way to get kids thinking about and making art. Free.
- Turtle Diary Online Games (opens in new tab)
An extensive collection of games, videos, quizzes, lesson plans, and other digital tools for preK-5 students, searchable by topic, grade, and Common Core standard. Free and premium accounts.
- TypeTastic (opens in new tab)
A terrific keyboarding site for K-12 students, offering more than 400 games.
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