12 Free Educational Games for Kids

Educational games are a great way to supplement your child’s learning, especially when they feature familiar characters and fun activities. Make the most of screen time at home with these free websites and apps.

Lego Games

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Lego has an entire section of their website filled with free games where kids can digitally build, race and match with popular Lego brands like Star Wars, Duplo and Batman. Lego also has several free apps available on mobile.

Nick Jr.

Photo Credit: Nick Jr.

Preschoolers will love the variety of games offered on Nick Jr.’s website, from making music with Dora and Boots to solving puzzles with the crew from Paw Patrol.

Fun Brain and Fun Brain Jr.

Photo Credit: Fun Brain

Fun Brain Jr. has both a website and an app filled with math and reading activities geared towards preschoolers. Explore games like Shape Shack, Letter Splash, Rhyme

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Video Games are Transforming Education and Work Around the World

Spurred by the pandemic, immersive tech—augmented reality and virtual reality—transformed how we learn, work and live.

Its real transformational potential is in the emerging markets. Barriers to employment and education lowered by the internet can be altogether eliminated by immersive technologies.

Although rooted in video games, this tech has been forecast to change the world for several years. That promise seemed distant: Google Glasses were unnecessary and FarmVille came and went in a flash.

As the pandemic forced us to live more of our lives online, it has also posed the question of how we can make those online lives as realistic, productive and engaging—in other words, as immersive—as their offline equivalents.

Immersive technology extends and enriches the user’s current experience of reality. It provides suspension of disbelief through creative and technical production values found in video games like Fortnite or TV shows like Black Mirror or The Mandalorian.

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Valve refuses Apple subpoena of its sales & operations data in Epic Games legal battle

Valve claims Apple’s request for the data falls well outside of reasonable cooperation.

As the antitrust legal battle between Epic Games and Apple continues, many other major groups in the gaming industry have either been drawn into the fracas or stepped in of their own accord. Valve is the latest big name to come up in the matter. Apple filed a subpoena asking for access to extensive Steam sales and operations data. Valve denied the subpoena in joint filing with Apple, calling the request unreasonable and burdensome.

Apple and Valve recently filed the joint letter of their recent legal interaction in the Northern District of California Oakland Division US District Court, as reported by PC Gamer. According to the subpoena, Apple asked for access to Steam product listing, operations, and sales data for information the company deemed relevant to its ongoing legal battle with Epic Games, in which

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9 games coming soon to Apple Arcade


Apple Arcade has a game for almost everyone. 

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Almost every week, Apple’s impressive $5-a-month mobile gaming service, Apple Arcade, releases and announces new games and updates older titles. Gamers can play almost 150 games across the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. 

Even though there’s always something new to check out on the service, we’re still waiting on a handful of games teased at launch, including Fantasian, a game from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, or Proxi, from Sims creator Will Wright.  

Here’s every game we’re still waiting to arrive on Apple Arcade.

The Artful Escape 

Developer: Annapurna Interactive


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The Artful Escape tells the story of teenage guitar prodigy Francis Vendetti. On the night of his first performance, Francis finds himself on a psychedelic quest of self-discovery. Along the way, he battles dead folk legends and, at times, his own imagination. 

The Artful

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