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11 great games to educate and entertain your kids at home

Wired logoWorried your kids will rot their brains on movies and TV? Try these “edutaining” games instead.

IF YOU’RE STUCK inside and your kids are climbing the walls, but you aren’t yet ready to let them watch Netflix from dawn to dusk, well, I don’t blame you. Here are some games that are sometimes called “”edutaining.”” Think of them as fun games that also teach something, but in a way your kids probably won’t notice.

Dragonbox Math and Chess Games
Ages 4 and Up (iOS, Android)

Dragonbox games are primarily math-related, though they also partnered with chess champ Magnus Carlsen to create Magnus’ Kingdom, a chess-learning game that’s been very popular in my house. It uses an adventure-style approach to teach kids about different chess pieces and how to play. I strongly suggest picking up a real-world chess board (I like this no-stress chess board for beginners $18) as well. Your kids will ask for it. Trust me.

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