ABCya: A Great Library of Educational Games

• Percent Panic—Very similar to an old arcade game, but it teaches percentages.

• Label the Skeleton—Simple anatomy game

• Tower of Hanoi—Fun puzzle game that’s actually used in advanced computer science courses to teach a process called recursion

 Just for Fun

Some of the games on the site are just plain fun. They may have some educational value, but mainly they’re just fun. These can be fun to play together or to save as reinforcement after your kids have done some of their schoolwork. They’re pretty fun for adults too:

• Bouncing Balls—This is a variation of a popular arcade game. Shoot colorful balls to make matches and clear the board.

• Civiballs—A logic game something like Cut the Rope. Several variations are available.

• Mini Train —My personal favorite. Drag and drop bridge pieces so that the train can cross over a gorge. Or make the train jump over the cliff and crash into hundreds of pieces. I know. A piece of me is just wrong.

• Fruit Collection—Bounce the fruit into the basket. It gets hectic in a hurry.

• Rotate and Roll—Rotate the entire game board to deliver balls to their home. It’s actually quite addictive.

There are more great games to discover on this site. I haven’t shown you all the games, and new ones are being added all the time. Be sure to check out the site and see how you can integrate it into your school. As always, stop by my website if you have questions or want to chat about this topic or anything else about computing and home school.


Andy Harris is a home school dad, father of four great kids, and husband to the greatest home school teacher ever. He has taught all ages of students, from kindergarten to university level. Andy is the author of a number of well-known books, including HTML/XHTML/CSS:  All in One for Dummies, Game Programming–The L Line, PHP6/MySQL Programming for the Absolute Beginner, and Beginning Flash Game Programming for Dummies. For more information about his books, to see where he is speaking next, or to just say hi, please stop by his web site: 

Copyright, 2012. Used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine, July 2012. Read the magazine free at or read it on the go and download the free apps at to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

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1 comment on this post.
  1. Typing For Kids:

    The grade-by-grade breakdown is great. I find it much easier to find ways to teach and help 4th and 5th graders learn, but the younger ages are tough. These tips are definitely helpful though.