11 Great Educational Games for Kids to Play at Home

If you’re stuck inside and your kids are climbing the walls, but you aren’t yet ready to let them watch Netflix from dawn to dusk, well, I don’t blame you. Here are some games that are sometimes called “edutaining.” Think of them as fun games that also teach something, but in a way your kids probably won’t notice.

I do suggest setting some screen time limits before handing your children a device, but with these options you can at least rest assured that your kids are learning something.

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Animal Jam

Ages 6-12 (Computer, iOS, Android)

Photograph: Animal Jam

Animal Jam is an online virtual world originally created in collaboration with the National Geographic Society. It teaches kids about zoology and ecology with games, adventures, and parties and online social elements. With 160 million registered users, this is one of the largest virtual worlds for kids. If the online play gives you pause, know that the parental controls are pretty good, allowing you to lock down the game if you desire.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Ages 5 and up on Nintendo Switch (GameStop, Amazon)

Photograph: Switch

If you’re stuck inside and your kids are climbing the walls, but you aren’t yet ready to let them watch Netflix from dawn to dusk, well, I don’t blame you. Here are some games that are sometimes called “edutaining.” Think of them as fun games that also teach something, but in a way your kids probably won’t notice.

I do suggest setting some screen time limits before handing your children a device, but with these options you can at least rest assured that your kids are learning something.

If you buy something using the links in our stories, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Here’s how this works. You can also support our reporting and reviewing by purchasing a 1-year print + digital WIRED subscription for $5 (Discounted).

Animal Jam

Ages 6-12 (Computer, iOS, Android)

11 Great Educational Games for Kids to Play at Home

Photograph: Animal Jam

Animal Jam is an online virtual world originally created in collaboration with the National Geographic Society. It teaches kids about zoology and ecology with games, adventures, and parties and online social elements. With 160 million registered users, this is one of the largest virtual worlds for kids. If the online play gives you pause, know that the parental controls are pretty good, allowing you to lock down the game if you desire.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Ages 5 and up on Nintendo Switch (GameStop, Amazon)

11 Great Educational Games for Kids to Play at Home

Photograph: Switch

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