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Games Designed For Children's Rights

Designing for Children’s Rights (D4CR) is a global non-profit association, supporting the Designing for Children’s Rights Guide that integrates the U.N. rights of the child in design, business and development of products and services around the world.

When we design for children, we design for the future. Childhood experiences have an impact on children which translates into long-term effects on the population and society, and the future. D4CR has created a guide that aims to refine a new standard for both design and business to direct the development towards products and services that have ethics and children’s best interests at their core.

Design for Inclusion

Principles that ensure design for inclusion rights:
  1. Gather and respect children's views - Right to Participate, Right to be Heard
  2. Everyone can use - Non-Discrimination
  3. Use communication children can understand - Right to Information

Design for Play & Learning

Principles that ensure play and learning rights:
  1. Allow and support exploration - Right to Development, Right to Learn
  2. Encourage children to play with others - Right to Development, Right to Participate
  3. Create a balanced environment - Right to Development, Right to Learn, Right to Leisure and Play

Design for Safety & Sustainability

Principles that ensure safety and sustainability rights:
  1. Keep children safe and protected - Right to be Protected
  2. Do not misuse children’s data - Right to Privacy
  3. Help children recognise and understand commercial activities - Right to Information
  4. Design for future - Right to Life, Right to Information

The games in this list have been identified to meet these different criteria.

This list includes the top 23 games drawn from the last 31 years, with 2,407 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to keep children's rights at the centre of play.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 12
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Adventure, Battle, Brain Game, Collecting, Communication, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth, Strategy, Traversal and World Building
Total Likes: 2,407

1. Gather and respect children's views

Adventurous Eating

Adventurous Eating is a game about discovering and exploring new kinds of food. Aimed at 3 to 6-year-olds, you play different mini-games to investigate foods with your senses. It's like a kid's TV Show with quirky characters, sing-along songs and...

Monster Mingle

Monster Mingle is a creative monster maker game where you choose bodies, eyes and mouths to make friendly creatures. Once they are made you can help them explore the world and find each unique island. It stands out for the simplicity of the fun on...

2. Everyone can use

Just Dance 2022 (Series)

Just Dance 2022 is part of a physically active rhythm game series. Dancing in front of each other isn’t something we often do in families. Just Dance is released with new songs and features each year. It gets parents, carers, children and even...

Under Leaves

Under Leaves is a puzzle game where you search for colour-filled hidden objects in scenes made of flora and fauna. Each one is a hand-drawn watercolour illustration and is accompanied by a soothing soundscape. It's a game about observation and attention...

3. Use communication children can understand

Lil Gator Game

Lil Gator Game is an action-adventure set on an island playground where a young brother invents exciting games to try and get his older sister to play like they used to. You guide your waddling gator to explore the world as you bop cardboard baddies,...

Teach Your Monster To Read

Teach Your Monster to Read is a game about phonics, letters and reading. Children create a monster for a journey through three games. The combination of colourful well-animated characters and proper reading learning is both fun and powerful.

4. Allow and support exploration

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is an adventure game where you play as a young girl who starts a wildlife conservation club. Play involves exploring the island, using the bird song you hear to find and photograph all manner of real-world birds. It stands out...

Paradise Marsh

Paradise Marsh is an open-world collecting game where you explore a varied marsh to find insects to put their stars back in the night sky. You wander an endless wetland and collect creatures, skim stones and eat mushrooms as the weather and seasons...

5. Encourage children to play with others

It Takes Two

It Takes Two is a running, jumping and exploring game that tells the story of a young girl, Rose, whose parents are divorcing. The girl creates two dolls to represent her parents, which unexpectedly traps the clashing couple in them. You and a friend...

Conduct Together

Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport the people from one station to...

Wilmot's Warehouse

Wilmot's Warehouse is a game for people who like to organise things. You are in charge of a warehouse and must manage 100s of items of stock. Identical square boxes are labelled with rudimentary icons. On your own or with another player, you must...

Henry Halfhead

Henry Halfhead is a traversal game where you move around by possessing and controlling any object within your reach. You move around the world freely, but to get where you need to go you need to become the objects around you to use their abilities. It...

6. Create a balanced environment

Sneaky Sasquatch

Sneaky Sasquatch is an adventure game where you sneak around in campsites and try to find food from coolers and picnic baskets without getting caught. From this simple premise grows a game with endless ways to play and explore its open world: race, play...


Townscaper is a creative town-building game where you pick colours from the range available and click to put down a house in the sea. As you continue to add houses of different colours the game automatically orientates the architecture for you.

Go Vacation

Go Vacation is a resort exploration adventure where 50 mini-games can be discovered and played. The mini-golf, skating, surfing, volleyball, car racing, tennis and other games use the Wii and Switch motion-sensitive controllers and are simple fun for...

7. Keep children safe and protected

Splatoon 3

Splatoon on the Wii U, Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This...

Sky Children of the Light

Sky Children of the Light (Sky Children of Light) is a huge open-world online game designed to create altruism between players. From the developer of Flower and Journey, it takes you on a social adventure in an ever-expanding world with up to 8 other...

8. Do not misuse children’s data

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a role-play collecting game where you live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game...

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a go-kart racing game where you race against Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power-ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic but still requires skills to do well.

9. Help children recognise and understand commercial activities

Adopt Me! (Roblox)

Adopt Me! is one of the most popular Roblox games. In a rudimentary way, it simulates daily life. You can build a home, look after pets and make friends. Like many Roblox games, it's the combination of an avid community of players...

FIFA (Series)

FIFA is one of the two main football video games (the other being Pro Evolution). Each year it's released with improved visuals, more realistic physics and enhanced competitive play. For those that follow the game closely and play it a lot, it offers a...

10. Design for future


Apico is a simulation game where you play a beekeeper and conservationist. You explore environments, breed rare bees and release them into the wild while growing your business. There are no enemies, time constraints or set objectives so you can focus on...

Submerged Hidden Depths

Submerged Hidden Depths is an adventure game where you boat, climb and explore the ruins of a sunken world. With light puzzle-solving and no combat, you discover a drowned city, crumbling skyscrapers and deserted villages. It's the sequel to the first...

3. Use communication children can understand

Trackline Express

Trackline Express is a strategy game where you build and resource a train on an adventure through an unforgiving desert. Play involves running around to gather scarce materials to create the resource you need - coal, ore and wood for starters. It...

4. Allow and support exploration

Laya's Horizon

Laya's Horizon is a traversal and collection flying game where you plunge from mountains, weave through forests and glide down rivers to unlock new abilities and discover a huge tranquil world. Coming from the people behind Alto's Odyssey it's no...

Nour: Play With Your Food

Nour: Play With Your Food is an experimental music game where you create different dishes and plates of food. Unusually, the focus is on sound rather than just visuals. As you add ingredients and food elements they each add sounds.

Lonesome Village

Lonesome Village is a simple dungeon adventure that also simulates life in a cosy mysterious village. You play by exploring, collecting and talking to the other villagers, before heading to solve the puzzles of the adventure. It's a combat-free...

Mosa Lina

Mosa Lina is a platform brain game where you are granted three random abilities to complete each self-contained level. You can always walk and jump around the level, but this is aided (and sometimes hindered) by the selected abilities at your disposal....

5. Encourage children to play with others


Flock is a cooperative traversal and collecting game where you take on the role of a flying shepherd. To play you move around the world, tending to your unique herd of flying creatures. It sounds complicated but really it's just a big wild place on the...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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