The Big List of Games for Helping Young Brains – By Cognitive Skill

Games are one of the best ways to help kids improve cognitive skills.  When struggling learners decide that learning isn’t fun (not one little bit), games are a great way to sneak in some extra learning time.  You don’t even have to mention that you’re developing underlying learning skills while you play!

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Have you ever wondered which games help children strengthen which cognitive skills?


The Big List of Learning Games

Welcome to the big list of games for helping young brains.  Discover plenty of suggestions for games that help learners (young and old alike) strengthen specific cognitive skills.  Of course, better cognitive skills mean better academic skills like reading, writing, spelling and math.


This list is by no means exhaustive. It is only a starting point. If you wish to help your learner strengthen a particular learning skill, this resource helps take the guesswork out of finding the right fit.


Special Consideration

Please be alert to your learner’s stress level while playing.  High frustration equals high stress, which only interferes with the learning process. Besides, we play games to have fun while we learn!  Don’t be afraid to lower the difficulty level waaaaay down or choose a simpler game.



  • Game list to strengthen auditory memory
  • Game list to practice crossing the midline, which helps strengthen reading, writing, and a variety of additional skills
  • Game list to strengthen spatial awareness
  • Game list from the blog.  Each featured game includes a list of skills strengthened.


Bonus! Most games, naturally, build multiple skills at the same time.


This free printable isn’t your typical addition to The Free Printables Collection.  It’s more of a helpful resource for parents and educators to use while helping students learn.  For your copy of The Big List of Games for Helping Young Brains, plus a growing collection of fun, brain-building activities for kids, please either sign in or sign up below.