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Project Roundup: Free Educational Games You Can Play All Summer Long

Are you looking for ways to keep your kids engaged and learning this summer without the structure of a traditional classroom? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of our top free educational games perfect for summer fun. From exploring ancient history to honing math skills, these games cover a range of subjects and are sure to keep young minds active and entertained during summer break

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Twin Cities PBS: Hero Elementary Games

Developed in partnership with Twin Cities PBS, we created four of the Hero Elementary games to bring science to life for young learners. Based on the popular PBS KIDS animated show, these games challenge players to solve real-world problems using STEM skills and the Superpowers of Science. Kids can snap photos to learn about seasonal changes, harness the power of recycling, explore physics concepts like force and motion, and discover the properties of matter – all while having a blast with the heroes of Citytown! With millions of plays since launching in 2020, these games are a proven hit with kids and parents alike.

Mission to the Mesozoic

Step back in time and explore the fascinating world of dinosaurs with Mission to the Mesozoic! In this game we developed with the Field Museum, players become photographers tasked with documenting the flora and fauna of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. By analyzing the connections and relationships between plants, animals, and the environment across these eras, players gain a deeper understanding of how life evolved over millions of years. 

iCivics Games 

Prepare the next generation of informed, engaged citizens with iCivics, the largest provider of civics curriculum in the nation. Founded by the late Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics offers a wide array of free online games that teach students about the workings of government, the courts, and the democratic process. From running a law firm and arguing real Supreme Court cases to managing a presidential campaign and balancing the federal budget, these games make civics come alive in a way textbooks never could. With plenty of games to choose from, there’s something for every aspiring leader and changemaker!

Smithsonian Science Games 

Smithsonian Science Education Center’s collection of free learning games grow players’ curiosity and love for science! Spanning topics like animal adaptations, natural disasters, physics, and water conservation, these games are designed to support science instruction in both formal and informal learning environments. Players can snap photos of rare animals, navigate ducks across a perilous pond, build pipelines to maintain freshwater access, and even help a crash-landed alien adapt to new environments. 


Who says fractions have to be frustrating? In Diffission, players explore this crucial math concept through a series of addictive, procedurally-generated puzzles. By slicing and swiping shapes to create specific fractions, players develop a deep, intuitive understanding of how fractions work. The touch-based gameplay is perfect for tablets and mobile devices, making it easy to practice math skills on the go. Whether your child is just starting to learn about fractions or wants to brush up on their knowledge, Diffission offers endless challenges and fun!

This summer, empower your kids to take charge of their learning with these incredible free educational games. By combining the engaging power of gameplay with accurate, curriculum-aligned content, these games make learning a joy rather than a snore. And the best part? You can access them anytime, anywhere – no summer school required! 

If your organization is looking to bring game-based learning experiences to a specific group of learners, reach out to us. We’d love to help you create custom educational games that make learning unforgettable!

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