Free Games Your Children Will Love

Learn new, more creative ways to entertain your children. Here are free games your children will love!

The kids are whining the all familiar; "I'm bored!" On those rainy days and cold snow days, try some of these fun games that children love. These can be the hit of any birthday party or barbecue, too! They are also very good for that parents who home-school their children. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, or both, these games will help you save the day!

Games:

Seven Up: There are several versions to this game. This is an example of the one aimed at teaching children new facts or information.

The teacher or parent has the entire class put their heads down, hiding their eyes. The parent or teacher then walks around the room and taps seven children. The tapped children raise their hand. The teacher/parent then asks the first child tapped the question. This can be any question to help them learn or that is just for fun.

If the first child answers wrong, the teacher/parent moves on to the next, ETC. After the question is answered correctly, the child may put their hand down. The goal is NOT to be the one with their hand left in the air. This version is mainly for the purpose of teaching facts in a fun manner.

Math Races:

The teacher or parent has each child stand at the chalkboard. Each child is told a problem and must write it down. For example: 1 x 8 = ? Each child must race to finish. When they have completed the problem, they hurry and tap the next person and then remain standing on the side of the room that their problem was on the chalkboard. This continues until no one is left. The first side that is done is pronounced the winner. (This can also be used for teaching English, Science, and many other curriculums.)

Science Jeopardy (This can be used for almost any kind of material as well):

On the chalkboard either at home or in the classroom make up six or seven categories. You can try using very creative names for the categories just like they do on the TV show. Here are some topic suggestions: Chemical Concoctions, Fun Physics, Botany for Beginners, The Cow Jumped Over the Moon, Earth's Crust, and A Star is Born. After you write these fun topics down, make five rows horizontally of different money amounts just like the real game Jeopardy. You will have six columns of five rows. Under each topic heading there is a $100, $200, $300, $400, and $500 heading.

The class will then raise their hands and when the teacher picks a person, that person must pick a topic and dollar amount. If they answer correctly, they can pick another and so on.. If the person misses their question, the other students may raise their hands if they think that they know it. The teacher or parent will then pick on them, and so on.. This particular game can teach so many important facts in a very entertaining manner.

Another added incentive the use of play money. This fake money can be used to buy very real things that students enjoy. $500 can be a free hall pass. $1000 can be ten minutes of additional computer or reading time. $5000 can be a free homework assignment, meaning that the child can skip any one homework assignment of their choice.

English "Quotes":

This is a game that English teachers or parents can play with their children. The teacher/parent quotes either a character in a book or some other information that has been taught. The first person to answer the question or quote correctly gets to ask the next question and so on.. This is best used for a literature class in middle school or high school or perhaps by parents with children ages 12-18.

Poetry Paranoia:

This is a fun game to just release the stress that long days can bring. Release the tension and start some giggles with this fun and very creative game. Pick a person to start the game off. Many times the teacher or the parent will begin the game. They speak a simple sentence that ends in a sound that is very easy to rhyme. For example: Baseball players wield bats! After this, start at one side of the room, having each child add an additional line that rhymes.

After a few rounds you could have something like this: Baseball players wield bat; My sister has a cat; It's a rat; My dog's fat; Look at that hat; I like to chat; ETC. By the end of the cycle, you have written a very silly and fun poem. This can be used to help children learn to rhyme words more easily. Other good words with easy to rhyme end syllables are the following: see, sand, right, and row for just a few examples.

These games can make the kids smile and also help to teach the children new facts and new ideas in a very creative and fun manner. Have some fun with these the next time that your schedule allows for it! Now you have something to fill that next rainy day.

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