04 January 2024

The Top Games for Back to School

Submitted by: Franco D’Onofrio

Back to school is always an exciting time for both parents and children. The anticipation of new teachers, new things to be learned and new friends to be made, is palpable in the weeks leading up to the new school year. There are a number of ways that you can make the back to school season easy and fun!

Revise spelling and literacy with word games.


Playing spelling games such as Bananagrams helps to improve spelling and expand vocabulary. It helps to boost confidence, increases word recognition, and allows children be more comfortable with language. Bananagrams is ideal for younger children who have just started reading and writing. It can be played in ten to twenty minutes so it’s perfect for short attention spans!

Available from takealot and toy stores. From R285.00

Story Cubes

Hone the imagination with Rory’s Story Cubes. The game sparks creativity and inspiration as players roll the dice and make up stories from the pictures. There are many ways to play and it’s a game that can be played by one player or many, where story creation becomes a collaborative effort.

Available from takealot and toy stores. From R189.99


Play strategy games to hone cognitive skills.


Imagine you and your group of settlers come upon the perfect land to start your settlement. You have resources around you and you start to build. You build roads, forge an army, and grow a bigger settlement. Things do sometimes go wrong – robbers steal your resources, opponents outsmart you. But you keep going. You trade with other settlements, win victories and eventually your settlement grows so large it becomes a city.

Available from takealot, selected retailers and toy stores. From R1099.99


EXIT: The Game

Imagine being stuck in a museum in Florence, unravelling the riddle of the Haunted Rollercoaster, escaping from kidnappers in Fortune City, fleeing a Cursed Labyrinth, cracking the code in Lord of the Rings: Shadows Over Middle-Earth, or, better still, sailing away from a Forgotten Island? EXIT: the Game - is an adventurous, exhilarating, cooperative escape room game-in-a-box where players solve riddles and crack codes to escape an imaginary situation.

Available from takealot and toy stores. From R269.00

Have fun with stationery!

The Pokemon range of merchandise and stationery provides an assortment of plush backpacks, laptop cases, character backpacks, pencils, pencil cases, books and pen sets to choose from. Perfect for the Pokemon fan!

Available from toy and hobby stores. Priced from R45.00 to R1400.00

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