Science: Elementary Games

The following games have been chosen for their educational and entertainment value to elementary school students studying science. The games come from a wide range of reputable sources, many of which are listed on the American Library Association's "Great Websites for Kids."  If you have similar games to share, add them in the "comments" section on the bottom of this page.



The American Museum of Natural History created this website for kids to learn about archaeology, paleontology, zoology, marine biology, and many more "ologies" and other science topics. Kids can play games, take quizzes, read interviews with scientists, explore photo essays, and take part in other scientific activities. 


Kids' Planet

On Kids' Planet, one of the American Library Association's "Great Websites for Kids," you can learn all about the animal kingdom by playing games like Memory, putting together virtual puzzles, doing an animal word search, and matching the animal to the sound it makes.


Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has dozens of games on all kinds of science topics, such as biodiversity, dinosaurs, and astronomy. Games are divided up by age range (K-2, 3-5, 6-8).


 Dawn: A Journey to the Beginning of the
Solar System

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute for Technology runs this website which includes games and activities to help kids learn about NASA's Dawn Mission to investigate the protoplanets Ceres and Vesta.




Kids, part of the Kids Know It Network of free educational websites for kids, has a myriad of games all about astronomy, from astronomy hangman, ad libs, and crossword puzzles, to video games like Space Invader, Moon Defender, and Asteroids.


Bob the Builder

Young kids can learn about how machines and tools work by playing games and solving puzzles with their favorite friends from Bob the Builder.

 National Geographic Mobile Maker

National Geographic is a leader in science journalism and educational materials. On this website, children learn about physics and balance by building their own virtual mobile and manipulating the size and shape of the pieces as well as the number and position of branches.



Earth Rangers, part of the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada) website, allows kids to learn about the earth, animals, and their habitats by playing various animated games such as Habitat Stat!, Leapin' Lemur, Compost Crunch, and The Oil Daze.


 Science Kids

Science Kids, a website out of New Zealand, sells itself as "the home of science & technology on the Internet for children around the world."
This website has all kinds of fun games about science and technology, divided into three categories: Living Things, Physical Processes, and Solids, Liquids, and Gases.




Help the Food Detectives fight the common enemy, Bacteria, by solving cases that deal with food borne illnesses. Play matching games, decide when you do and do not need to wash your hands, and kill animated bacteria by either cooking it or shooting it with a soap pump. This website was created by the Partnership for Food Safety Education.