Top Board Games for Elementary Age Kids that Teach Science

Science encompasses many disciplines, from anatomy and biology to environmental sciences like geology and all sorts of things in between. You can help your children learn about science in a fun and exciting way using board games that teach science. Educational games are great for parents and children of all ages, but it can be hard to know which science board games are the best, especially for kids age six to eleven.

Check out some of our top choices for some of the best board games for teaching science before your next family game night! This post contains affiliate links; if you purchase through them Bounceback Parenting will receive a small percentage at no extra cost to you.

The Magic School Bus: Science Explosion

  • Age Range: 5+
  • Teaches: STEM Learning
  • Players: 2-4

The Magic School Bus: Science Explosion is a great science board game that encourages hands-on learning through STEM activities through the familiar character of Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus. The goal of this game is to cause a volcanic eruption, which builds excitement throughout the game to see who can make it happen! We also love this game because Harvard Scientists and educators developed the game and put it to the test at science camps before ever the game ever hit the shelves. The attention to high quality makes this game perfect for STEM learning and family fun.

Some Body

  • Age Range: 6-10
  • Teaches: Biology and Anatomy
  • Players: 2-4

Learning about the human body is something that never really seems to end throughout life, and we love this game that can be played in different ways depending on the ages of those playing. Younger children can play with the game like a puzzle, matching the body parts to the right places. Older children can learn the scientific names for parts of the body and their functions. There are five different ways to play total which means this game will never get boring as your kids get older.

Operation Escape E.V.I.L.

  • Age Range: 8+
  • Teaches: Chemistry
  • Players: 2-4

This board game was the recipient of The Creative Child Game of the Year Award as well as the winner of Academics’ Choice Brain Toy, and many others. Chemistry is a hard science subject to learn for many kids, and Operation Escape E.V.I.L. makes learning about chemicals fun through magic tricks, science projects, and hands-on learning. Don’t worry about content parents! E.V.I.L. stands for Earth Vision Industrial Labs, and the scientist’s goal is to develop a chemical that can put an end to malnutrition. One chairman has plans to turn the chemical into a mind control potion, and the other scientists must escape! This game develops curiosity, imagination, chemical properties awareness, critical thinking, and decision-making skills.

Xtronaut

  • Age Range: 7+
  • Teaches: Astronomy
  • Players: 2-4

Learning about outer space and the solar system is super fun with Xtronaut, a Good Housekeeping Award-winning board game. We love this board game because it uses real-world scenarios and technology to engage the imagination into space exploration. If your child is at least seven years old and interested in space, this game is perfect for learning the basics of space missions, rockets, and the solar system. NASA scientists designed this science board game to give kids a real scientific look at what being an astronaut is all about.

Photosynthesis

  • Age Range: 8+
  • Teaches: Earth Science
  • Players: 2-4

Kids understand that we breathe oxygen, but understanding where that oxygen comes from is where Photosynthesis the board game comes in. This game is also an Amazon Choice game that teaches children age eight and up all about how seeds become trees and plants. Photosynthesis is also a great game for teaching critical thinking, decision making, and strategy. Another reason why we love this science board game is because of the beautiful 3D graphics that help players build their forests.

Herd Your Horses

  • Age Range: 7+
  • Teaches: Animal Science
  • Players: 2-6

If your child loves horses, they will love playing the Herd Your Horses game, which transforms players into ranchers that need to round up their 50 horses. Each of the 50 horses is illustrated on a jumbo playing card with details about the species depicted. A game booklet with more scientific information is included with the games as well as 42 adventure cards that keep the game interesting. You can also choose between five different stories for gameplay including pretending to be the wild stallions. When playing with adults, this game can be appropriate for children as young as five, but the manufacturer’s recommended age range is seven to twelve.

Operation

  • Age Range: 6+
  • Teaches: Biology Anatomy
  • Players: 1+

Operation is a classic board game that teaches children about biology and anatomy, but also beginners look at medicine and surgery. Players have to operate on Sam, the patient, to make him feel better, but they must be careful to remove his organs perfectly otherwise the buzzer will sound! If you can get the bone or organ out without triggering the buzzer, you’ll win money!  Operation can be played solo, but also with many other people. The recommended age for this game is children six and up, but younger children can enjoy trying to remove the pieces as well because the game teaches sciences as well as hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Into The Forest Nature’s Food Chain Game

  • Age Range: 7+
  • Teaches: Earth Science
  • Players: 2-6

Into the Forest teaches children about the natural food chain in forest ecosystems and is perfect for kids in third grade and up. The game cards included can be used as a card game, or play with the board for more hands-on and interactive fun. The game also educates on the life cycle of plants, food webs, and animals in the forest. This game is also a great science board game gift for science teachers in elementary school classrooms because the game often coincides with a curriculum based on habitats and the food chain.

Playing board games is an excellent way for families to bond together, and when you can combine learning with fun, there’s no better educational tool! These family-friendly board games that teach science are perfect for kids in elementary school and make great gifts for kids who love science and hands on learning.

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