Best free games for kids girls and boys Archives

Best free games for kids girls and boys Archives

Best free games for kids girls and boys Archives

Best free games for kids girls and boys Archives

Toys, Games, and Gifts for Kids of All Ages

Toys and games reviews and recommendations for kids for children who are ages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and up -- preschool, elementary, tweens, and teens -- both boys and girls.

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Toys & Gifts for 3 Year Olds

Toys & Gifts for 4 Year Old Girls

Toys & Gifts for 4 Year Old Boys

Toys & Gifts for 5 Year Old Girls

Toys & Gifts for 5 Year Old Boys

Toys & Gifts for 6 Year Old Girls

Toys & Gifts for 6 Year Old Boys

Toys & Gifts for 7 Year Old Girls

Toys & Gifts for 7 Year Old Boys

Toys & Gifts for 8 Year Old Girls

Toys & Gifts for 8 Year Old Boys

Toys & Gifts for 9 Year Old Girls

Toys & Gifts for 9 Year Old Boys

Toys & Gifts for 10 Year Old Girls

Toys & Gifts for 10 Year Old Boys

Toys & Gifts for 11 Year Old Girls

Toys & Gifts for 11 Year Old Boys

Toys & Gifts for 12 Year Old Girls

Toys & Gifts for 12 Year Old Boys

Toys & Gifts for 13 Year Old Girls

Gifts for Teen Boys

Gifts for Teen Girls

The Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Kids

Monthly subscription boxes for kids make fantastic holiday or anytime gifts because they last all year long. You can find interesting gift boxes for all ages and many interests that will give kids new books to read, activities to do, science to learn, and more. And, I imagine that grandma or auntie will find something […]

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by Melissa Taylor3 CommentsFiled Under: Chapter Books, Childrens Books, Education, Elementary, Imagination, Imagination Soup, Math & Science, Middle School, Picture Books, Preschool, Reading, Toys & GamesTagged With: Book reviews, children's books, picture books, subscription, subscription boxes, YA

13 Cool Fidget Toys to Help Focus During Online Learning

Have you considered fidget toys to help your child focus more during online learning? I suggest trying these focusing toys help you or your child give more attention to online classes. And yes, both children and adults can use fidget and sensory toys, in particular learners with ADHD, OCD, autism, sensory processing disorder, or high […]

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by Melissa Taylor3 CommentsFiled Under: Education, Elementary, Middle School, Toys & GamesTagged With: ADHD, fidget toys, homeschool, learning, online learning, sensory processing disorder

Activity Books to Keep Kids Learning & Growing (During School Closures)

With all the school closures, many of you are putting on your teaching hat for the first time so I want to provide you with as many resources, today specifically activity books, sticker books, workbooks, and activity kits to help keep your kids learning and growing. Save these for times when you need your kids […]

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by Melissa Taylor5 CommentsFiled Under: Childrens Books, Elementary, Math & Science, Middle School, Picture Books, Preschool, Toys & GamesTagged With: activity books, science kits, STEM, sticker books

22 Playful Easter Basket Stuffers for Kids 2020

I’m looking forward to spoiling my kids a little this Easter…they need some special treats in their quarantined lives. Here’s what looks fun to put in their Easter baskets! Because are your kids like mine and needing some cheer? Mine are missing friends and my oldest is missing her senior year and probably graduation. Also, […]

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by Melissa Taylor2 CommentsFiled Under: Elementary, Preschool, Toys & GamesTagged With: Easter

45+ Fun Staycation Ideas for Kids To Do At Home

If your spring break 2020’s destination is at home, let me give you staycation ideas to do with your kids with this helpful guide of resources and ideas of things to do, read, and create. Families all over the world are staying home for upcoming spring breaks, canceling trips, due to concerns about illness. Some […]

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by Melissa Taylor6 CommentsFiled Under: Childrens Books, Education, Elementary, Math & Science, Middle School, Preschool, Toys & GamesTagged With: staycation, Vacation

The Best Educational Games for Preschoolers

Our game closet is overflowing. We play a LOT of games. We always have. Which is why I want to share the best educational games for preschoolers (kids ages 3, 4, and 5); games that are both fun and educational and tested by kids. These games are favorites from both my teaching and mom perspective; […]

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by Melissa Taylor7 CommentsFiled Under: Education, Games, Preschool, Toys & GamesTagged With: educational games, games, games for kids, learning games, preschool games

6 Ways to Celebrate National Puzzle Day with Kids

Build skills with puzzles! Learn how puzzles help children & fun ideas beyond the jigsaw puzzle.

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by Melissa Taylor3 CommentsFiled Under: Elementary, Imagination Soup, Preschool, Toys & GamesTagged With: puzzle, puzzle books, puzzles

2019 Best Arts and Crafts Gifts for Creative Kids

Discover the best arts and crafts gifts for creative kids that will provide hours of creativity and imaginative thinking! From the best of 2019 ideas to classics that will never go out of style, here you’ll find gifts to make any child happy. Arts and Crafts Gifts for Kids for 2019 Created by Me! Flower […]

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by Melissa Taylor5 CommentsFiled Under: Elementary, Preschool, Toys & GamesTagged With: art gifts, arts and crafts, crafts, gifts for kids

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Best free games for kids: 20 great titles for girls and boys

If you’re looking for the best free tablet and PC games for children you’ve come to the right place. The best thing about this top games for kids isn’t that they’re completely free, but that many of them are just as educational as they are entertaining. Combining learning with fun is the best way to get anything to stick. 

There are many free tablet and PC games for children to choose from. We’ve got games centred on creative problem solving and critical thinking through to relaxing games that are a great way to pass the time.

We know a parent’s time is already stretched when you have kids to look after, so we’ve kept this list of the best free games for kids as short and sweet as we can. With that in mind, we’ve selected thebest free games for kids available on both tablet and PC for you and your little ones. 

Each title on this list is appropriate for all genders from ages 5 to 11. They are also complete games (no extras needed) and each one is violence-free – one less thing to worry about. And, of course, they’re all guaranteed to give your kids a blast. 

10 best games for kids on Android tablets and iPad

These days, kids are more likely to first experience computing and gaming on a tablet than a home computer. To that end, our tablet selection skews a little younger.

Everything on this list is rated 3+, according to Google, and should be safe for even very young children. However, Apple rates most of these games with a more conservative 4+, except for Super Stickman Golf and Spaceteam, which are 9+. The games are all simple to control, easy to get into, and fun to play.

A note on IAPs and ads: Unfortunately, it’s hard to find a free game that’s not out to make a buck somewhere, so several games listed here will offer in app purchases for in game currency. And, some others will feature ads. In the former case, you can disable IAPs at a system level on your device before handing it over to a kid. With the latter, you should play the game yourself to ensure the ads are OK to show to your kid. 

1. Sago Mini Friends

This sweet-natured set of mini-games encourages creativity, dexterity, and puzzle solving. It starts with you selecting a colorful character, who then explores a neighborhood of cartoon houses.

Knock on a door and you’re invited inside for an animated, entertaining playdate. This might involve dress-up, hammering nails into a birdhouse, or enjoying a tasty snack.

Everything’s bright and cheerful, and the game promotes empathy, with one friend looking glum if spoils aren’t evenly shared.

Get Sago Mini Friends for Android and iOS. A Windows PC version is also available. This game has no IAPs/advertising.

2. Lego Creator Islands

In all honesty, we’re sure most parents would be happier seeing kids playing with real Lego rather than virtual bricks on a tablet. But when the real thing isn’t an option, this official game’s a nice substitute.

The game takes place on the Lego Creator Islands, where you’ll collect bricks in order to buy Lego sets that are constructed with a few taps. While playing, you’ll collect all kinds of houses, vehicles and even cute blocky critters that roam around. As an added bonus, there’s no chance of painfully stepping on a plastic brick.

Get Lego Creator Islands for Android and iOS. This game has no IAPs/advertising.

3. Toca Kitchen 2

If your child regularly uses a tablet, you’ve likely already installed some Toca Boca games. They’re a smart mix of education and play, and Toca Kitchen 2 is no exception.

As you’d expect, Toca Kitchen 2 is all about cooking. This game invites you to create meals – however you prefer. Devise your own recipes and foist your creations on a colorful cast of characters, whether you’ve carefully constructed a burger, or decided to throw a watermelon into the microwave and cover it in sauce.

Get Toca Kitchen 2 for Android. This game has no IAPs/advertising. A paid version exists for iOS.

4. Llama Spit Spit

Llama Spit Spit is an oddball shoot ’em up, featuring a flying llama blasting crazy cartoon enemies with a mix of spittle and high-powered weaponry.

The controls are incredibly simple, meaning even younger players can get on board. Power-ups and collectable llamas (with their own background imagery) keep things interesting over the long term.

The one snag is it’s the spit of Shooty Skies (Android/iOS), which is the better (and more surreal) game – although the lack of ads and IAP means the llamas get the nod for this particular list.

Get Llama Spit Spit for Android and iOS. This game has no IAPs/advertising.

5. Disney Crossy Road

The original Crossy Road cleverly reworked Frogger, with blocky characters hopping across chunky endless landscapes, trying to avoid a dunk in a river or getting flattened by a train. But the masterstroke was a raft of unlockable characters.

Disney Crossy Road is much the same, but uses Disney characters that often radically overhaul the game’s visuals and gameplay mechanics. Over 100 figurines are there to be found, and although IAP lurks, playing and collecting coins in the in-game worlds is all you need to snag them all.

Get Disney Crossy Road for Android and iOS. This game features advertising, and has non-essential IAPs for buying new characters.

6. Frisbee Forever 2

You’d think flinging a plastic disc about would make for a rubbish video game. Fortunately, Frisbee Forever 2 is more akin to a set of rollercoasters, with you guiding your disc through gates, collecting stars along the way.

There’s a hint of Nintendo about this breezy arcade experience, with its vibrant visuals, smart level design, and a basic control system suitable for all. And although there are freemium underpinnings, you’re rewarded with in-game currency for every second played – even if an attempt at a level ends in failure.

Get Frisbee Forever 2 for Android and iOS. This game features advertising, and has non-essential IAPs for more rapidly unlocking discs and zones.

7. Fruit Ninja

In the fast-paced Fruit Ninja, your digit becomes a virtual sword, hacking pieces of fruit lobbed on to the screen in two, and attempting to avoid cutting into game-ending bombs.

It’s ideal fodder for a tablet, since you can make pleasingly large swipes across the display. But also the game offers local multiplayer, so two kids can zealously pit their fruit-slicing skills against each other.

Get Fruit Ninja for Android and iOS. This game features advertising, and has non-essential IAPs for purchasing in-game currency.

8. Mekorama

With its tiny isometric worlds you spin with a finger, and landscape-flipping mechanics, Mekorama brings to mind Monument Valley. But this game has no Escher-like optical illusions; instead, it concentrates on straightforward pathfinding as you help an ambling robot reach its goals.

It’s a charming, thoughtful, tactile experience, and on a tablet is suitable for parent/child play, with you working through the puzzles together. Once you’re done with the 50 built-in levels, you can download more from the internet, or make your own.

Get Mekorama for Android and iOS. This game features optional IAP for tipping the developer.

9. Super Stickman Golf 3

For many kids, golf won’t excite. But the Super Stickman universe doesn’t partake in normal golf. Instead, you’re thwacking balls across larger-than-life side-on courses – massive castles; laser-strewn bases; floating islands.

Even though it’s fun to play by yourself, and makes full use of bigger screens (by letting you see more of each course and therefore aim more precisely), it also has fantastic multiplayer game types. You can play turn-by-turn matches with friends, or try your hand at frenetic, madcap ‘race to the hole’ skirmishes.

Get Super Stickman Golf 3 for Android and iOS. This game features advertising, and IAP for unlocking a premium upgrade (more courses and slots for turn-based multiplayer) and in-game currency.

10. Spaceteam

If you’ve several kids with devices, Spaceteam’s a delightfully bonkers way to have them all yell at each other in a vaguely productive manner that in theory helps them work as a team. Specifically, a ‘spaceteam’ in a ship trying to outrun an exploding star, with control panels designed by a sadist.

Once devices are connected, instructions appear on your screen – but the controls may be on someone else’s. So you’ll have people yelling nonsense like “someone turn on the dangling shunter”, while figuring out if their own screen has a ‘spectrobolt’ slider. Just like in Star Trek.

Get Spaceteam for Android and iOS. This game has a single optional IAP that unlocks new features and themes

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The Ultimate List of Family Game Night Ideas

Our Family Fun Nights are memorable events.  We love playing family games and these evenings give us a chance to build memories together. I wanted to share some of our favourite family game night ideas. 

Family game night creates lasting memories because they foster a sense of belonging. In the busy hubbub of life, it is so nice to have tech-free, face to face time with your kids.

Creating a family game night tradition won’t be something you’ll regret. The years you have with your kids at home go by in a flash. Laughing together strengthens the bonds.

If you were to invite your kids to an evening of talking with their parents and tell them there were no phones allowed, you wouldn’t likely get a very positive response. But once you start regular a family game night, your kids will be asking you when the next one is!

1. Minute To Win It Games

One of our most memorable Family Fun Nights was our original Minute to Win It party.  We played Face the Cookie, Stack Attack, Movin’ on Up, Junk in the Trunk, Suck it Up, Penny Hose, Keep it Up, and Yank Me.

There was a lot of laughter. I challenge anyone to play the Junk in the Trunk Game with a straight face!

We had so much fun on our first Minute to Win it game night that we decided to create another one.  That time, we chose a Dollar Store Minute to Win It theme.   We played Puddle Jumper, Chocolate Unicorn, Ponginator, Hanky Panky, Ball Drop, Breakfast Scramble, and Elephant March.

These family game ideas are funny and everyone can play. The supplies were so inexpensive and didn’t take long to set up. It was another memorable evening.

Click here for all our awesome Minute To Win It Games:

2.  The Flour Game

We also get a kick out of The Flour Game. This hilarious game requires only two items and one of them is probably already in your kitchen. This one is just plain old good clean fun. Well, clean may not be the best way to describe it! The messy faces are worth it though.

It’s a great time for all ages. If you’ve never tried it, this is a good one to start with. It’s easy to set up. The rules are easy to understand. And a face full of flour is universally funny!

3.  What’s In The Bag Game

Another classic at our house is What’s In The Bag Game.  For this one, you only need one item. In this game, the kids often have the advantage. That’s a good equalizer. On other family game nights when the older ones may have an easier time with whatever the activity is, this game evens those odds.

Our neighbour taught us this game. We have played it at everything from just a Sunday afternoon at home to my daughter’s Sweet 16 with over 25 people. It is always a hit.

4.  20 Questions Game

I love this personalized version of the game 20 questions from Teach Mama. It gives a Headbands type of spin to it and allows you to use pictures of people you know or are familiar with. It would be easy to create themed versions of this game such as a Disney theme or famous families theme.

5.  Lego Game Night Ideas

Not Consumed’s Lego Family Fun Night is clever. The ideas are easy. Chances are, you’ve got some lego pieces hanging around the house. Why not put them to good use?!

6. Nerf Gun Family Game Night

My kids would go crazy over this Nerf Target Prize Game from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls! You could mix it up by changing up the prizes.

7.  Twister

How about making your own holiday themed twister game? You can find everything you need at Pint-Sized Treasures to make a Valentine’s Conversation Hearts Twister, a Snowman Twister, or a Pumpkin Twister for Thanksgiving, Hallowe’en or Fall.

8.  Board Games For Family Game Night

Family game night ideas don’t have to be complicated. You can create lasting memories sitting around the kitchen table with a bowl of popcorn and a board game or puzzle.

I love how our family has a culture of playing board games together. Sunday afternoons, you can usually find us sitting at the table playing Settlers of Catan, Splendor, Sequence, Ticket to Ride, or some of our other favourites.

Family Board Games:

Watch Ya Mouth Family EditionHasbro Pie FaceGoogly Eyes GameQwirkleKer PlunkBlokusJenga Classic GameTroubleHedBanz5 Second RuleSimonUNO Card GameDutch BlitzSuspend Family GameApples to Apples


What is one of your family’s favourite games to play?

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