Today, I’m sharing the best STEM games for your homeschool.
When you have finished reading, I’d love for you to leave a comment and share your family’s favorite STEM game or resource.
It’s a ThinkFun kind of morning over here. First, Clue Master. Then, Code Master. Now: RollerCoaster Challenge. . People often ask me what gameschooling looks like, and whether or not it actually counts as homeschooling. . Trust me: it counts. So much learning happens when you get down on the floor and play a game with your child. Play matters. . Do you want to learn more? Follow the link in my profile… and then head over to my site to sign up for our free 31-day #GameschoolChallenge. . . https://my-little-poppies.com/gameschool-challenge/
Our family loves all things STEM. From books to toys to games to field trips, we just cannot get enough science, technology, engineering, and math. I’m excited to share some of our favorite STEM resources for gameschooling families!
The Best STEM Games for Your Homeschool
*Disclosure: I received ThinkFun’s new CODE Programming Series at no cost in exchange for a post. I was not required to write a positive review. I’ve said it before, but our family absolutely adores ThinkFun resources. ThinkFun’s games are our family’s absolute favorites.
This post is part of my Growing List of My Little Poppies Game Reviews. Slowly but surely, I am making my way through our game closet and sharing our thoughts. Stay tuned for more posts in this series!
Fantastic STEM Games for Gameschooling Families
Check out ThinkFun’s brand-new CODE Programming Game Series!
ThinkFun has just released three more fantastic games. They are part of the CODE Programming Series and each game is currently available at Target.
These games would be a wonderful addition to your child’s Hour of Code. Thinkfun’s CODE Programming Series is a fun, hands-on, screen-free way to teach children the basic concept of coding.
If you are a gameschooling family and you also adore all things STEM, be sure to follow us on Instagram. I’ll be giving away one of ThinkFun’s new CODE games as part of our November 2017 Instagram Gameschool Challenge!
It’s snowing like crazy outside! After a day of snowy skiing, it’s the perfect time to play a game by the fire. . Robot Turtles is a fantastically fun game by ThinkFun. Such a fun way to learn early programming skills. . What will you play today? . Have you joined our free 31-day #gameschoolchallenge Follow the link in my profile to learn more! . . https://my-little-poppies.com/gameschool-challenge/
On the Brink: ThinkFun’s new CODE Programming Game Series
The first in ThinkFun’s CODE Programming Series, On the Brink is screen-free fun for ages 8 and up (although it is important to note that my 6-year-old played this with no problem!).
In this game, your robot must navigate a dangerous path from start to finish without falling off the brink. The only problem is, the control panel starts out completely empty! It’s up to you to provide your robot with the correct instructions.
The goal of the game is to place the 6 movement cards onto the tri-colored game board – or control panel– in such a way that the robot can move from start to finish without falling off the brink.
Rover Control: ThinkFun’s new CODE Programming Game Series
The second in ThinkFun’s CODE Programming Series, Rover Control features two rovers programmed to explore Mars along courses mapped out on the 40 challenge cards.
But there’s a problem! A giant dust storm on Mars destroyed most of the colored segments that the rovers were intended to follow.
The goal of the game is to color the white segments on the terrain maps to create the original pats the rovers were programmed to follow.
Robot Repair: ThinkFun’s new CODE Programming Game Series
Robot Repair is the third game in the CODE Programming Series. In this game, you are at a robot repair shop. Each robot’s power cell has been removed from its circuit board and your object is to reprogram each robot.
For each repair, you must decipher clues and use the information obtained to figure out correct placement of power cells in order to reactivate the robots.
T goal is to place power cells onto circuit board nodes to create power sources that will turn on specific wire. When your power cells activate the robot (read: when the combination of wires makes a clue panel true), the player wins the round.
More fantastic STEM resources for families
These resources are not technically games, but they do inspire oodles of play!
Do you love STEM?
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- Chemistry Resources Kids Love
- The Perfect Game for Kids Who Love the Solar System!
- Fairy House STEM
- 10 STEM Books for Your Homeschool
- Poolside STEM
- Forts: The Original STEM Challenge
- STEM Resources for the Whole Family
- 10+ Math Picture Books Your Kids Will Love
Do you love SimplyFun games?
We do, too! In fact, we love them so much that I decided to become an official SimplyFun Playologist. If you want to check out more SimplyFun offerings, you can head over to my Playologist page.
Do you love games and gameschooling?
Be sure to check out these related posts:
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- Growing List of My Little Poppies Game Reviews
- Ultimate Gamelist: A Free Library of Gameschool Resources
- Gameschool Challenge: Add More Play To Your Day!
- Ultimate Guide to Family Games
- 100 Picture Books and Games for Play-Based Learning
- 10 Tips for a Successful Family Game Night
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- 10+ Amazing Math Games for Your Homeschool
- 10+ Science Games for Your Homeschool
Do you want to see our gameschool in action?
Be sure to follow My Little Poppies because we share snapshots of gameschooling moments… and heaps of incredible books!
You are also invited to join the My Little Poppies Gameschool Community, a private Facebook Group for parents who wish to add more play to their family and/or homeschool routine.
Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: What is your family’s favorite STEM game or resource right now? Share here!
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
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