Games don't have to have a scientific theme to have scientific lessons, as I recently discovered when I played the fantasy-themed board game Magician's Kitchen. In this game, you play a bunch of sorcerer's apprentices who are scurrying around a kitchen, trying to prepare potions and light the fireplace first. Science plays into the game because the board is designed with a series of hidden magnets that cause your magnetized figures to tumble, dropping the ingredients before they can complete their task.
It's a fun game for young children and certainly something that opens up an avenue for discussing some key scientific concepts ... but it's not the most gripping game for grown-ups and even older children. Check out more in our full review of Magician's Kitchen.