The playtime equivalent of hiding veggies in your kid’s macaroni, Young Learners stealthily serves up educational lessons — everything from math to language skills — in each fun-filled game.
Available online at creativetoyshop.com, $18-$25.
Charming and simple, Word Chase teaches new readers the 25 most commonly used English words.
Available online at beyond-learning.com, $20.
A Dutch creation, the Tree of Life Puzzle is a 150-piece game that doubles as nursery decoration.
Available online at chloeinstyle.com, $62.
Gamewright’s Take the Cake introduces a sweet, cupcake-themed matching game to help toddlers recognize shapes and colors.
Available online at gamewright.com, $13.
Wii meets Simon meets iPod in Swinxs, a battery-operated game pod that leads as many as ten players (ages 4 and up) through rounds of hide and seek, musical chairs, tag, and more.
Available at amazon.com, $150.
Board game Quelf Junior asks players to invent movements and creatively answer silly questions.
Available online at barnesandnoble.com, $17.
Eating out with kids is a game of chance. Keep them entertained with Kids’ Night Out Bingo, the latest in portable distractions for mini diners.
Available online at knockknock.biz, $4.
Riffing on beloved classics (Match Game, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, flash cards), FoodFun’s games familiarize children with food names, food groups, and the concept of a balanced diet.
Available online at foodfun.org, $8-$75.
Plan Toys’s Eco Recycling Game makes taking out the trash fun for kids ages 4 and up, with playing chips designed like glass bottles and plastic bags to hammer the lesson home.
Available online at kangarooboo.com, $28.
It really isn’t about whether you win or lose with Cooperative Games. It’s about how you work together, follow directions, and communicate to overcome common obstacles.
Available online at peaceablekingdom.com, $15.
Build memory and matching skills with Bingory, a wooden game that challenges little Einsteins to fill their bingo cards with pairs of colorful illustrations.
Available online at amazon.com, $14.
The family-friendly Bamboo Pallina challenges tots to fish through a net for wooden sticks without letting balls drop.
Available online at amazon.com, $29.