Research has shown that play is not just an big part of a child's development but also their education. Simple yet creative STEM toys such as building blocks are ideal for early development, but for older children (ages 8 and up), more complex games that require following rules, counting spaces and reading playing cards are also excellent ways to help them practice logical problem-solving, literacy and math skills.
What's more, there are tons of games that can help inspire your child's curiosity, from growing their own forest, to evolving their own species or recreating a human cell. Beyond science topics, there are also great games that can help teach your child about the great outdoors, learning the U.S. states and countries of the world.
So if you're stuck inside this holiday season, board games are the ideal way to get the family together, have fun and inspire your young scientist, engineer or explorer. This Black Friday, there are loads of fantastic deals on some of the best board games that are ideal for kids who love science.
$44.99 $39.95 at Amazon
Ages: 8 and up Players: 2 to 4
Get back in touch with nature as you take control of your own forest with this beautifully crafted game from Blue Orange. Players select where best to plant their own freestanding cutout trees so they can grow during each turn using the power of the sun; players get points as their trees' leaves collect energy from the sun.
$39.99 $29.95 at Amazon
Ages: 12 and up Players: 2 to 6
Explore the wonder of life in this colorful game perfect for the budding biologist. Choose a species and guide it through its evolutionary journey, avoiding predators and adapting to survive and thrive. This award-winning game from North Star Games also has a number of expansions to take your species even further!
$49.99 $34.15 at Amazon
Ages: 10 and up Players: 2 to 5
Explore the building blocks of life in this worker placement strategy game, themed around biological cells! To score points, players must collect and spend resources to build enzymes, hormones and receptors, and even fight off invasive viruses. Bonus points are available for completing specific cell-building tasks, making for fun and competitive gameplay with science educators and students alike!
Dr. Eureka Speed Logic Game:
$21.99 $20.13 on Amazon
Ages: 8 and up Players: 1 to 4
Dr. Eureka has a number of very important experiments to work on, and you, his able assistants must help at once! Pick a challenge card and grab your test tubes and carefully pour the multi-colored balls from tube to tube to solve the puzzle. Inside the box are 12 plastic test tubes, 24 colored balls and 54 challenge cards.
$35.00 $29.95 on Amazon
Ages: 10 and up Players: 2 to 4
Educational game maker Math for Love has a simple and noble goal: to transform how math is taught to kids. This game sees players test their multiplication, addition and knowledge of prime numbers to progress across the colorful game board. Recommended by MENSA and the recipient of multiple awards, Prime Club is mathematically certain to be a hit.
STEM Family Battle:
$24.95 $22.95 on Amazon
Ages: 15 and up Players: 2 to 4
The battle lines are drawn as kids and adults are tested on their science, technology, engineering and math knowledge in this fast-paced trivia game. Questions are balanced fairly between younger and older players, meaning whether it's Minecraft or classic car mechanics, no one will be left out of the fun.View Deal
Periodic: a Game of the Elements:
$39.99 $32.56 on Amazon
Ages: 10 and up Players: 2 to 5
The chemical elements of the known universe act as your playing board in this STEM strategy game, which tests players' knowledge of the periodic table, and helps memorize the Periodic Table. Players move their piece across the chemical elements, using trends such as atomic numbers and atomic radii, or gaining or shedding energy, to score as many points as possible.View Deal