Educational games for rainy days

As the second lock down continues and we’re shut up indoors on rainy days, it’s a good time dig out the old board games – even though it’s probably more of a Christmas day tradition. Here are our five recommendations for educational games:


Fortunately / Unfortunately

This simple game requires absolutely no set up and involves no cost, but it can provide hours of fun. There are many variations of the game but the simplest version is to alternate between making everything ‘fortunate’ and ‘unfortunate’ as each player takes a turn. For example, 1st person: ‘fortunately the prince slayed the dragon’, 2nd person: ‘unfortunately it turned out the dragon was the princesses best friend’ and so on… Make it as ridiculous as you like, the idea is simply to have a laugh and introduce the idea of storytelling in a relaxed manner.



The ‘good’ thing about this game is that it can go on for hours! So if you need to fill a long rainy afternoon, then think no further than a game of Monopoly. It introduces many mathematical skills such as saving, calculating and budgeting. One member of the family can have the further mathematical challenge of acting as the banker.



Scrabble is a great way to build vocabulary, practise spelling and develop tactical playing. It can be a frustrating game to begin with but that first win is always satisfying and it quickly becomes addictive. Take the challenge this winter and engage your children in developing their literacy skills in a relaxed environment.



Cluedo provides such a great way of developing logical reasoning skills and tactical thinking. Become a sleuth with this game of questioning and skill – none of us are in a rush to go out anywhere, so time can be taken to hone your skills.


BBC Bitesize Online Games

For those who prefer online games, you can’t go far wrong with the selection that BBC Bitesize offers. From toddlers to A-level students, they offer a range of educational games to keep all ages entertained. Online learning will form a major part of our futures, so using it now will stand learners in good stead. It’s also great for children who prefer to learn/play independently.