Playing card and board games can be a good way of boosting cognitive skills development in children. Though it can be quite tricky to find such items centered around Africa we've found a few we would certainly recommend you checking out.
The Africa Memory Game
The Africa memory game is a trivia styled game about African history and culture. Players roll a die to move their pegs across a colour coded board featuring an image of the continent. They can advance forward if they answer the question directly. If not, they would pay a penalty in "Hega", the game's play currency based on an old African currency.
Kumiliki is a property based board game from Kenya. It's a fun game that helps kids learn about different parts of the city of Nairobi and other parts of Kenya.
Monopoly Lagos & Accra
The famous property board game Monopoly now has a Lagos and Accra edition that players can get. The game is a great way to get kids to learn about famous land marks of two of Africa's popular cities; promoting personal financial literacy, family team work and promoting a positive image of the continent as an international player.
Nubian Jak is a board game that combines questions on historical facts with pop trivia, to highlight some of the achievements of people of the African Diaspora. The game requires players to use strategy and skill, with a bit of luck, to “Out Jak” and “Chill Out” opponents, while trying to get their own pieces to separate home zones on the board. Movement is determined by rolling a die and answering questions when required to do so.
Africa Facts Cards
African facts cards is a fun set of educational kids flash cards about different facts about Africa. It comes with 54 cards packed full of information on the continent and is suitable for all the family.
Oware is a strategy game among the bigger Mancala family of board games( or pit and pebbles games) played all over the world with slight variations as to the layout of the game, number of players, and strategy of play. The orgins of Oware are said to be from the Akan tribe of Ghana. It is played throughout West Africa and the Caribbean.
Geo Puzzle Africa
GeoPuzzles are jigsaw puzzles that make learning world geography fun. The pieces of a GeoPuzzle are shaped like individual countries, so children learn as they put the puzzle together. Award-winning Geopuzzles help to build fine motor, cognitive, language, and problem-solving skills, and are a great introduction to world geography for children 4 and up. Designed by an art professor, jumbo sized and brightly colored GeoPuzzles are available for 5 major continents.