These games come with my recommendation. I will only list games that I feel are above average and have sufficiently high educational content to be worth playing.
- “Cell Craft” a fabulous game about cells (takes a few hours to complete all levels)
- Build and test a bridge design
- Go on a deep sea dive
- A game about the Periodic Table
- Build virtual atoms and ions (2D “solar system” models)
- Weather prediction game
- Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection
- Dissect a frog
- Use architectural blocks to construct a building
- Physics experiment: design a roller coaster
- Physics experiment about orbits of planets, moons, and comets
- Experiment with mixing colors the way a television screen does
- Solve simple “Rube Goldberg” puzzles using your engineering ingenuity!
- An activity about mapping the sensory areas of your brain
- Experiment with balancing number using “Mathcats (grades 5-10)
- Experiment with Lissajous patterns
- The famous “Tower of Hanoi” puzzle
- “Hare and Hounds” strategy game
- Fractal Snowflake Maker
- “Free Rice” A game where you win free rice (to donate to a poor country) by choosing correct answers on a multipe choice vocabulary quiz. They have also expanded to include topics other than English vocabulary. They have French, art, and lots more.
- “Bookworm Adventures” I almost removed this link because the format has changed (it used to go directly to the game, now you have to click the yellow DOWNLOAD button). My intent is not to advertise or sell for any other site, so this is kind of “if-y” now. However, since you can still download a sample that gives you 60 minutes of play time, I’ll leave it up for now. This is a word-building game and was probably my kids’ all-time favorite computer vocab game. The game is very clever and super fun; always gets 5 star ratings wherever it is evalutated. They now sell it as an app, too.