Academic Content & Skills

Our Play Advisory Council carefully reviews every game to identify important content, including skills that can be developed when playing the game, how the game content ties to U.S. National and State Educational Standards, the games suitability for special challenges, and appropriateness for characteristics of autism. Our Play Advisory team also provides ways to modify the game rules and play to adapt to for broader use.

  • National Standards

    SimplyFun National Educational Standards
    We map to the CCSSI-ELA and Math Standards and WA Science and Social Studies Standards.
  • Skill Development

    SimplyFun Skill Development
    We map to key skills important for learning and success in life.
  • Learning Challenges

    SimplyFun learning Challenges
    We map our games to specific special needs challenges and to strengths and considerations for autism.


The results of the Play Advisory’s evaluation is integrated into our product search and the detailed information provided for each game. On each game page in our shop you will find tabs for How to Play, Educational Standards, Skills, Special Needs, Autism and Extended Play.

How to Play – A quick description of game play.

Educational Standards – Using the following National and State Standards, each game is evaluated to identify which components/actions of the game meet specific criteria by subject matter and age. The standards used are:

    • National Standards for English/Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects - PDF
    • National Standards for Mathematics - PDF
    • Washington State K-12 Science Learning Standards - PDF
    • Washington State K-12 Social Studies Standards - PDF


Our skills evaluation encompasses the 13 individual skills that make up our three key skill groups: Academic Skills, Thinking Skills, and Life Skills. The skills evaluated for each game are Explore, Determine, Compare, Remember, Predict, Plan, Experiment, Practice, Solve, Review, Demonstrate, Imagine and Create. Mastering these areas as children equips us with the tools we need to succeed in our learning and in creating healthy social relationships throughout our lives.