Top 10 EdTech Games to Prevent Summer Brain Drain
School’s out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean students have to stop learning. Even if the next couple months are packed with family vacations, summer camp, beach days and road trips, there are plenty of ways to prevent kids from forgetting everything they just learned this year. These mobile edtech games will entertain on long trips while helping students to prepare for the school year ahead.
To discover games for every age and level, check out our top ten picks below. You may even find yourself playing them while you’re on a long plane ride or waiting in line at Disneyland.
10 EdTech Games to Prevent Summer Brain Drain
- MarcoPolo Ocean (Science) ages 5 and under Children learn about marine life through building their own ocean as they learn facts about each sea creature.
- Junior Explorers (Science, Geography) ages 5-8 If you’re planning a stay-cation this summer, your little ones will love when these subscription-based adventures arrive in the mail. They’ll learn about wildlife and environmental issues in places around the world, from the Amazon to the Serengeti.
- Britannica Kids: Solar System (Science) ages 6-11 Explore the solar system with memory matching games, jigsaw puzzles, informative articles and videos.
- Prodigy (Math) ages 7-12 Anime meets arithmetic, this game has all the adventure a serious young gamer would expect with math practice that meets Common Core standards.
- Sushi Scramble (Language) ages 9-11 With up to four players, the whole family can play this Scrabble-style game, while your kids brush up on their phonics and spelling skills.
- Stack the Countries (Geography) ages 9-11 Answer questions about capitals, landmarks, continents, flags and major cities to stack up the countries. This app also comes with 193 flash cards which will be handy for studying throughout the school year.
- Psychobabble (English) ages 13-17 Kind of like a new-age crossword puzzle, this word association app will help teens build up their vocab and can be a useful tool for SAT-prep.
- Biodigital Human (Health, Biology) ages 13-17 This website brings a 3D human body to life by demonstrating medically accurate functions throughout the nervous system, brain, heart, muscles and more.
- SimplePlanes (Science) ages 13-17 Kids test their physics knowledge by building airplanes by scratch, with up to 200,000 types to choose from. They design the wings, snap all the pieces together, fly their plane and watch real-time damage.
- PaGamO (Customizable Content) levels K-12 Students create their own kingdoms and conquer land by answering puzzles and mini-tests created by their teachers or parents. This could also be a helpful tool for homeschoolers, since the teacher can add questions for any area of study and track each student’s progress.
Looking for more edtech games to keep your kids busy all summer? Check out other edtech games we’ve covered in the past.
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