Some days, I honestly can’t believe that I get to play games and read books all day. (Some kids never grow up!) So much learning occurs when children play! Carefully selected read alouds and educational games are the foundation of our homeschool. Today I am sharing 100 games and picture books, organized by subject.
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One of my favorite things to do in our homeschool is to read a fantastic book and then follow up with a related game or activity.
I’ve grouped our favorite games and picture books together by topic. I hope this list will help your family play together! After you finish reading about our 100 games and picture books, I’d love to hear your favorites!
100 Games and Picture Books for Play-Based Learning
I thought I’d start off with the subject that everyone is always fretting over. Yes, you can count math play as curriculum. I promise! If you don’t believe me, here are some books to convince you!
Book about playing math (for parents):
Number identification and counting:
Addition and Subtraction:
Logic, Reasoning, and Problem-Solving
Shapes, Colors, and Patterns
Measurement, Time, and Money
One of our favorite ways to learn measurement is just to set the kids loose with a measuring tape or a yardstick. My kids learned to tell time with this handy clock we keep in the kitchen. They learned weather, seasons, days of the week, and months of the year with this calendar we keep in our kitchen.
Multiplication, Division, and Fractions
Read more about our favorite math games and books here:
- 10+ Math Games for Your Homeschool
- 6 Amazing Math Games
- Top Logic and Reasoning Games
- The Best Math Storybooks
- If You Read Your Kids a Math Book…
Here’s the thing… I truly believe that if you live in a language rich environment, if you love the written word, if you read aloud early and often, you’re on the right track. I haven’t listed tons of books here because I don’t believe in drill and kill. Just read heaps of fantastic books together. If you’d like book lists, please join our Virtual Family Book Club. I share plenty there!
Early literacy for littles
Language arts for big kids
Read more about our favorite early literacy, vocabulary building, and language arts resources here:
- 20+ Fantastic Reading and Language Arts Games for Your Homeschool
- Easy Ways to Foster Early Literacy at Home
- Raising Readers: A Resource Page for Parents
- 10+ Picture Books for Gifted Kids
- How to Start a Family Book Club
- Books to Help Parents Grow Readers
History & Geography
This subject was a tricky one for book selections because there are so many ways you could go. I highly encourage everyone to read Give Your Child the World and go from there, based on your current interests.
Love history and geography? Check out these related posts:
- Best Geography Games
- Read Your Way Across the Globe
- 5 Election Books for Kids
- 6 Books for Teaching Map Skills
- Planning a U.S. Election Unit Study
- A Fun, Hands-On White House Lesson
Read more about our favorite science resources here:
- 10+ Science Games for Your Homeschool
- 15+ Books for Your Young Scientist
- Homeschool Science in the Early Years: 5 Ways to Keep it Fun!
- Chemistry Resources Kids Love
STEM/STEAM and Tinkering
Read more about our favorite STEM resources here:
If you haven’t read Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv, please do so!
Read more about our favorite nature resources here:
- 5+ Nature Games for Your Homeschool
- Exploring Nature with Children
- DIY Nature Explorer Pack
- Forts: The Original STEM Challenge
- Fairy House STEM
Read more here:
- Games to Encourage Imagination and Creativity
- The Best Art Books for Kids
- Music Appreciation in the Early Years
- Our Favorite Theater and Performance Books
- Music Appreciation Books for Kids
- The Lost Art of Play
What did you think of our 100 games and picture books?
Is your favorite listed here? Did I miss something fantastic? What are your family’s favorite games? What is your family’s favorite picture book right now? Share here. I love hearing from you!
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Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram