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Inside: A growing list of science board games for kids organized by age level. Have fun, learn science, and connect with your kids all at the same time!

We have a serious love of board games in our family. Even though I’m a minimalist, our board game collection gets a standing pass on the “one in, one out” rule and pretty much every round of decluttering. I’m a homeschool mom who loves to make learning fun, what can I say?

We add to our stash regularly, and our latest addition was a science board game. My Wild Kratts-loving kids enjoyed it so much it inspired me to create this massive list of science board games, as a resource for you and a wish list for us.

Now I just need to not buy all the educational board games at once…

3 Reasons to Play Science Board Games

But why should you choose to buy a science board game as opposed to any old board game? 

1. Kids remember information learned while having fun much longer than information learned through rote memorization.

Having homeschooled for five years now, I know that when kids are having fun, they retain so much more information and that information stays with them long much longer than it otherwise would.

Especially if kids already enjoy a certain subject, board games can help them make connections to, and build on their existing knowledge. 

2. Playing board games together strengthens family relationships.

Playing games together is also a fantastic way to connect with your kids, whether you homeschool or not. So if you are going to play board games, why not choose board games that teach your kids while also having fun together?

In our family, my second oldest child is extremely interested in and passionate about science. Because of his passion for science, he’s roped all the kids in, too, and they watch Wild Kratts together almost every single day (he loved it so much we got two creature power suits that they love to use to act out the episodes later on!).

When we bought this scientific board game recently, my son’s enthusiasm was contagious. They ripped open the package and started playing almost immediately. Before I knew it, they played the game for well over three hours! 

The only problem seems to be that while my kids never tire of playing educational board games, I have to fight to stay engaged in the game after the second (or third) round.  

3. Science board games can be an awesome supplement to formal science instruction or serve as a core part of your DIY science curriculum.

At one homeschool convention, a former science teacher confessed that all of elementary science is repeated in the upper grade science classes. After hearing that, I decided to take a laid back, interest-led learning approach to homeschooling science. 

Instead of using formal science curriculum, we regularly check out science books from the library and use google to find answers to frequent and random science questions. We also frequent our local science museums.

Science board games are yet another way for us to reinforce the knowledge we already have and learn new science facts at the same time! 

Related: 8 Easy Ways to Teach Science without Curriculum

If I Had to Choose Just 3 Science Board Games…

Sometimes, these lists can be a bit overwhelming. How on earth can you choose from so many? Sometimes we walk away with nothing.

If I had to choose just three of these games (these are the top 3 in my “to buy” list), I would go with:

We already own this game and have really enjoyed it as well! Now on to the massive science board game list…

 

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30+ Science Board Games for Kids

Full disclosure: not every game provided in this list is technically a science board game, but the science card games were too good to not mention in this round-up.

I hope this list of science board games makes it easy for you to find the perfect science board games to add to your game collection!

Preschool Science Board Games

1. Baby Animals Matching Game

A classic matching game with adorable real-life images of cuddly cuteness for your little learner. Match pairs together and talk about each animal as you play. Great for individual play or one-on-one attention!

2. Space Bingo

A fun and educational Bingo game. Each set included 6 picture boards, 42 information cards and bingo chips. Recommended for ages 4 and up, it’s easy enough for the whole family to play and learn together.

Pro Tip: Laminate your cards and use dot markers to add a little more hands-on fun to the experience.

3. Life on Earth Memory Game

Teach plant and animal life from around the world. The artwork on these cards is gorgeous!

Each game includes 48 cards, 24 pairs, and endless learning while you make your matches.

4. The Ladybug Game

This is the perfect game to pair with learning about lady life cycle! Players need to help the ladybug find its way home.

The board is similar to Candy Land. While playing, your ladybugs will travel through the Rose Garden, hopefully avoiding the Praying Mantis, and collecting aphids to feed to ants.  Adorable game!

5. Robot Turtles: The Game for Little Programmers

Who knew preschoolers could learn to code? This game introduces key coding concepts to children 4 and up through a fun and engaging game the whole family can enjoy.

Recommended for 2-5 players with multiple levels and difficulty. Your preschool players will write programs with playing cards!

6. Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity

Another science board game that’s sure to spark your aspiring coder’s interest! Players build their own board. Each set includes 16 maze grids that create a 20 X 20 maze board. Colby (the mouse) lights-up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds along with colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing. You’ll need batteries for this one.

7. Wildcraft: An Herbal Adventure Game

This is a cooperative board game (everyone wins or loses). Designed for ages 4 and up, there is no reading required – perfect for younger and older players to play together!

Learn about which herbs and edible plants heal various diseases/conditions. The board game can be played with two or more players.

Elementary (and up!) Science Board Games

8. Into the Forest: Nature’s Food Chain Game

This game by Amperstand Press is suitable for ages grades 3 and up. Players learn about the natural food relationships, and the importance of plants in food energy.

Each game card has a detailed, full-color illustration of a plant or animal commonly found in the forest, and lists what it eats and what it is eaten by. 

9. Professor Noggin’s Life in the Ocean

This trivia game encourages kids to learn about life in the ocean. A simple card game that combines trivia, true or false, and multiple-choice questions to spark science knowledge in your kids.

Multiple levels of difficulty help keep kids interested.  A special three-numbered die is included which adds an element of unpredictability. 

Several more versions of this card game are available: The Human Body, The Wonders of Science, Earth Sciences, Reptiles & Amphibians, and more!

 

10. Qurious Space: STEM Flash Card Game

Did somebody say car school? These flashcards are perfect for learning on the go! This is a great way to learn and review astronomy concepts. Players can match, quiz, or spin their way through the game as they pick up all the space knowledge. Fun for ages 4 and up. Another great game for multiple ages levels the whole family can play.

11. Virulence: An Infectious Card Game

A biology card game that teaches how viruses work! Play as a virus to take over the host cell and collect helicals, icosahedrals, genomes, spherical envelopes just like in biology class. Designed to show virus structure and components. Complies with STEM and NGSS standards.

12. Totally Gross Science

Easy attention getter! Anything gross is a hit with kids, right? This science board game covers biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy, zoology, anatomy, and physics.

Players enjoy answering silly questions and acting out the “gross out” challenge. Includes a game board, 140 Question cards, 50 Gross-Out cards, 30 Lab cards, 4 playing pieces, a die, and a jar of slime!

13. Operation

A classic game we all loved as kids is the perfect compliment to your next human body lesson. What a perfect brain break!

Not only can you review the human body while you play, but it’s fun. It’s also great for developing fine motor skills, too. Watch out for that buzzer!

14. Subatomic: An Atom Building Game

A deck building chemistry card game about particle physics and chemistry. Learn concepts such as atoms, elements, and the periodic table.

Players use quarks to build protons, neutrons and electrons. Use those to build elements, just like a particle physicist!

15. Magic School Bus Science Explosion Board Game

Who doesn’t love Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus? Learn about different fields of science as you race to be the one who explodes the volcano. You get two games in one with set.

Match science-based topic cards to master cards in one game and use memory and strategy skills in another game!

16. Gravity Maze STEM Building Game

Gravity Maze is a combination logic game, marble run, and STEM toy. It contains 60 challenges from beginner to expert and helps develop skills such as spatial reasoning and planning. It’s also a great way to introduce engineering!


17. Coder Bunnyz: STEM Coding Board Game

This game was created by a 9-year-old girl named Samira! It’s one the most popular science games out there and has won numerous awards. No coding experience required.

Coding concepts covered: sequencing, conditional, repeat loops, code writing, functions, debugging, branches, inheritance, parallelism, stack, queue, and list.

18. Race to Space STEM Board Game

This is a strategy-based card game that covers Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies. You’re able to customize the game and substitute your own content easily. Perfect for adjusting to your child’s level or lessons.

19. Science Ninjas: Valance Card Game

In this game, players assemble teams of “Science Ninjas” to build new molecules out of elements to earn points and win the card game. Opponents can break down your bases with acid assaults!

This is a great introduction to chemistry concepts and easy for on-the-go gaming.

20. Escape Evil STEM Board Game

Simple and fun board game based on science experiments involving chemicals from daily life. Players choose a magic trick from a collection of 16 tricks that involve chemicals.

Players roll dice and move on the board to collect the chemicals. Once collected, players distract the warden with their magic trick and escape. The first player to escape wins!

21. Herd Your Horses Board Game

This game is a fun way to learn about the various breeds of horses. It comes with 50 illustrated horse cards and a booklet to provide more facts about the different breeds of horses. There are three different possible adventures for varying, multi-level play to keep the game challenging and exciting. 

22. Photosynthesis

In this science board game, you are responsible for growing your seeds into full grown trees. You need to be careful where you plant them to ensure they get the correct amount of light and shade. Earn points as leaves gather energy from the sun.

You can play with 2-4 players, and the game is designed for ages 8 and up.

23. Hit the Habitat Trail

Players move forward in this board game by answering a question correctly, and play follows the spiral through each of the different habitats. The player who earns the most cards wins.

Keep in mind that some reviewers found the questions to be challenging for elementary aged children. If you want to use the game to learn science facts, it’s perfect for elementary and up. If you want to use it to test knowledge already learned, it may be more appropriate for middle and high schoolers.


 
24. Constellations

Learn about the night sky and the different constellations. Players collect the stars needed to compose various constellations and complete their designated pattern.

Designed for 2-4 players and ages 7+, this science board game also includes a workbook about the stars, science, and the mythology behind the constellations.

Middle & High School Science Board Games

25. Evolution

In this strategic board game, players invent new species in order to adapt in an ever-changing ecosystem. There are over 12,000 possible species players can create, so the game continues to be new and challenging every time you play.

The game is for ages 12+ and designed for 2-6 players.

26. Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game

Learn cell biology from a science board game! Players build enzymes, hormones, and receptors and play with proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and DNA or mRNA just like in biology class. All organelles, macromolecules and science vocabulary are concepts covered in high school biology class!

27. Ion: A Compound Building Game

Learn how to ionic bonds are built with this compound building game.  Players build neutral compounds from a hand of positive and negative ions (game cards). Simple and educational!

28. Peptide: A Protein Building Game

Players learn biology from this science board game where players build peptide chains out of amino acids. Players learn about cells converting genes into proteins. So much better than a textbook lesson!

29. Valence Plus

Chemistry just got way more fun with this list if games! This one teaches players about the valence shell. Build elements from the periodic table to win the game. This science board game teaches chemistry concepts such as molecule formation, acids and bases, chemical reactions, even advanced concepts like secondary oxidation states.

30. Compounded

Players build chemical compounds through careful management of elements and game play and trading, Players take on the roles of lab managers, racing to complete the most compounds before they are completed by others. Or else? They’re destroyed in an explosion!

31. Biology Review Board Game

This looks like a comprehensive science board game! It features 25 individually packaged sets of 30 full-color, review cards per topic (a total of 750 curriculum-based questions), and covers the following topics:

The Science of Biology; Introduction to Cells; Cell Structure & Function; Cell Processes; Cell Reproduction; Nucleic Acids & Protein Synthesis; Photosynthesis; Genetics & Heredity I; Genetics & Heredity II; DNA Technology/Genetic Engineering; Evolution & Classification; Introduction to Plants; Plant Structure & Function; Ecology I; Ecology II; Microorganisms I; Microorganisms II; Introduction to Animals; Invertebrates I; Invertebrates II; Vertebrates I; Vertebrates II; Human Biology I; Human Biology II; and Lab Investigations/Scientific Method.

32. Covalence: A Molecule Building Game

Another great game for teaching the concepts of building molecules and learning the periodic table. One player has knowledge of the secret molecules and must silently give clue cards to all other players, who then attempt to accurately construct their secret molecules using their element tiles. Build all your secret molecules before the guess tokens run out and everyone wins!

33. Looney Lab Chemistry Flux Game

Chemistry concepts aren’t so intimidating when the come in the form of a game! Reinforce chemistry concepts while spending quality time together. Players use atoms and laboratory gear to match the current goal and win!

I hope this list of science board games gives you plenty of ideas for your homeschool or game collection, or to add to your Christmas or birthday wish list. Happy gaming!

Did I miss one? What science board games would you add to this list?

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3 Comments

  1. We have Evolution: The Beginning, which is like Evolution but rated for 8+. My 6 and 9.5 y.o. enjoyed playing it with me (although I think I helped my 6 y.o. a lot).

    I’ve been looking into various chemistry games, considering Science Ninjas: Valence, but not sure yet! So many to choose from!!

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      I’ve been considering Science Ninjas too! If I get it, I’ll definitely do an Instagram live with our thoughts.

  2. I am definitely bookmarking this!! We have had Robot Turtles for a couple years and it’s consistently a hit. I’m excited to check out Subatomic and Evolution! I’m like you, I love using board games in our homeschool and I don’t mind having a few “too many” 😉

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