There are so many games that teach so many things available on line, or as a board game or even a made up on the spot game.
My son loves to play Catopoly (like monopoly but with cats). He enjoys being the banker though he sometimes has an unconventional method of solving the bank problems, he always manages to get it figured. :) This game teaches reading, math skills, strategy, and money management.
Apples4TheTeacher. Math games. Play these interactive educational games to reinforce math concepts
Cool math 4 Kids. Cool math 4 kids is an amusement park of math, games and more - especially designed for fun, fun, FUN! This site geared for up to 12 year olds. They have a site for older students called Cool math.
Johnnie's Math Pages for Children. Johnnie's Math Page is the site to find fun math for kids, math games, and even a little math homework help. Interactive math activities from across the web have been organized by topic to make math learning enjoyable and interesting. These activities have been chosen to represent the range of math learned from kindergarten to middle school.
Some of the language arts on-line games we use are
Wacky tales. I fun way to practice your grammar. Wacky Tales are made up from words that you have provided.
Word play with Vocabulary. Having fun with words begins at an early age and continues through the years. From Shakespeare’s quibbles to Twain’s colloquialisms, word play is an important part of language development at any age. Whether doing a crossword puzzle or playing hangman, kids love increasing their vocabulary through fun word play games online. Word play games are an excellent way to practice spelling, increase vocabulary and keep the mind sharp.
Then of course are the games that come from doing nature study. Walks in the woods and pretending to be a squirrel hiding behind a tree, or running from a dastardly cat! (squirrels opinion not mine). :) Or like the grasshopper below he slipped when the jumped to avoid the net. See MOM.. how he could land wrong if he was frightened!
What types of games (spontaneous or made) do you play with your children? Why do you use them? I'd love to know. :)