How many times to your kids say, “School is not fun! I want to play my DS. I wish I could just play games today.” ? I bet you sometimes reply, “School is not supposed to be fun everyday!” How close am I? I will have to say I have used the “School is not supposed to be fun every day.” response with my daughter and kids in my classroom. While it is true that it is not always fun every day, school can be fun by incorporating hands-on activities, games, and crafts, as well as lapbooking and such. Educational learning games can be used as a learning tool and as a reward for completing assignments without being all-consuming. One online curriculum my daughter uses has a “playground” for the kids. It has educational games and fun games in a safe environment. She doesn’t use the playground anymore. She is 13 and thinks she is much too old for that. She does, however, enjoy some educational games. One idea for older kids is to play Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, Wheel of Fortune, or Jeopardy when you are studying certain history, geography, art, or language topics. Using Scrabble, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Apples to Apples, Geo Safari, Life… are also great ideas. So, go ahead and have a ball playing games today!