21 Fun Classroom Games And Activities For Kids

Fun classroom games for kids are a great way to keep them engaged and learn creatively. If you have a classroom full of hyper-energetic and mischievous kids, getting them to focus and pay attention is a difficult task. However, introducing them to some fun games may be a creative way to engage them in the lessons and activities and increase their involvement in the learning process.

If you are looking for some games that children will enjoy playing in the classroom while also gaining knowledge, find below our curated list of classroom games that you can use. In addition, some of these games focus on specific improvements in language, art, and memory skills.s.

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Fun Classroom Activities For Kids

Education and teaching are serious business, but kids just want to have fun. So here are some fun ways to engage in teaching and educational development, and help children learn important skills in an enjoyable way.

1. Buzz

There’s no buzz word here. Only a buzz number or letter.

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Buzz is an excellent interactive game for younger kids who need to recite long lists such as a series of numbers, letters of the alphabet, and days of the month.

Number of players: Ten or more

You will need: A little preparation and concentration.

How to play:

  1. Pick a series that you want the kids to list out – numbers from one to 100, prime numbers, or any other series of words or numbers they have access to.
  2. Decide what the buzz word or number is going to be. For instance, you can decide that every fourth number or letter is going to be the buzz word. You could also choose words starting with a specific letter or numbers divisible by a particular number.
  3. The word ‘buzz’ will replace the figures or letters.
  4. Get the kids to start reading the items on the list or the series in order, while replacing the chosen letter number with buzz.

For example: 1, 2, 3, buzz, 5, 6, 7, buzz, 9,10,11, buzz…

Anyone who misses replacing the buzz word or number is out of the game.

2. Blind artist

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This game is played in pairs and engages a child’s imagination and ability to describe things.

Number of players: Four or more

You will need: Sheets of white paper, pencil, pen or sketch pens, drawings or images

How to play:

  1. Pair the children, but do not let them face each other.
  2. Give one child a picture or an image.
  3. The second child has to recreate the picture while his partner describes it, without revealing what it is.

The idea is to see how accurate the drawing can be, when recreated without seeing.

3. Don’t answer

When asked a question, the ideal thing to do is answer. But not when you are playing this game, which older kids and teens will enjoy playing.

Number of players: Ten or more

How to play:

  1. One student starts by asking another student a random question. For example, “What is your one precious possession?”
  2. But the student who was asked shall not answer. The student standing left to him or her will respond, whether or not they know the answer.

The game gets hilarious when students get imaginative and creative with their answers. ‘Don’t answer’ is ideal for high school students.

4. Crazy train

Ideal for primary and kindergarten kids, the crazy train is a choo-choo train with added joy and fun.

Number of players: Ten or more

You will need: Space to play

How to play:

  1. Line up the kids to form a human choo-choo train.
  2. Then shout-out commands such as ‘slow’, ‘fast’, ‘slow-motion’, ‘turn right’, ‘move backward’, and ‘stop’ randomly to make the train go ‘crazy’!

Younger children will love playing this one as it involves group participation.

protip_icon Quick Tip
Teachers must ensure the safety of children while playing the crazy train game. Make them stand at an arm’s distance from each other to avoid any falls.

5. Four corners

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Four corners is a simple game of chance that can energize students and keep them awake after the lunch hour. This activity is guaranteed to bring excitement and make the kids squeal with delight.

Becca, a vocalist and music teacher, shares her conversation with one of the Children’s Church teachers about her experience playing the popular “Four Corners” game at her classroom. The church teacher remarks, “No matter what fun, creative games I come up with, the kids just want to play four corners. Four Corners is a super simple, super fun game, and I have adapted it a few ways to work in my elementary music classroom (i).”

Number of players: 12 or more

You will need: A room with four corners and enough space for a group of students to stand

How to play:

  1. Choose one student to be ‘It’. Blindfold and send ‘It’ out of the classroom for a while.
  2. Divide the rest of the class into four groups of four students each.
  3. Ask each group to pick a corner. Name the corners A, B, C, and D.
  4. Once the students are in place, ‘It’ calls out a corner and all the students standing there are out of the game.
  5. The four members of the last group standing will pick a corner each and ‘It’ continues to eliminate them all until only one student is left.

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6. Bleep

Bleep is a memory game that prevents children from using certain words.

Number f players: Ten or more

You will need: Reading material

How to play:

  1. Give the students a list of forbidden words. They can be anything such as colors (red blue, green, and so on), play, of, man, food, apple, the, and more.
  2. Choose reading comprehension material with these words in it and ask the kids to read one sentence each.
  3. Kids have to bleep each time they hear a forbidden word.

7. Jumping the line

This is an energizer that can be played towards the end of the day and is a great game for revising and understanding the day’s lessons.

Number of players: 10-15

You will need: Sticky tape or chalk, set of True/False questions, space to play

How to play:

  1. Make a straight line using the chalk or the sticky tape.
  2. Mark one side of the line as True and the other as False .Ask the children to stand on the line.
  3. Ask a question – if the kids think it is true, they jump to the True side. Otherwise, they must jump to the False side.

Kids who make a mistake have to go back and sit.

8. Blindfold conversation

This game is an interesting way to make children listen and focus on the voice of another person.

Number of players: Ten or more

You will need: Cloth for blindfolding and space to play

How to play:

  1. Make space in the room and ask kids to form a circle.
  2. Pick one student to be ‘It’ and blindfold her or him.
  3. Spin ‘It’ and ask him or her to point. Whoever ‘It’ points at must talk to ‘It’ in a funny voice, without revealing their name.
  4. ‘It’ has to guess the name of the student by asking a series of questions.

If ‘It’ rightly guesses who the student is, the student becomes ‘It’.

English Or Word Games For Classrooms

Reading and writing aren’t the only activities or tools for learning a language. There are some fun games as well, which can be used to review and improve a child’s problem-solving, vocabulary, grammar, and speaking skills.

9. Dictionary deception

Playing dictionary deception presents fun challenges to children, that involve finding the true meaning of words. It is a rewarding activity that facilitates the discovery of new words, ultimately enhancing their vocabulary skills.

Number of players: Six or more

You will need: Sheets of paper, pens, and a list of words

How to play:

  1. Pick a word that none of the students have heard before.
  2. Write the meaning of the word on a sheet of paper. Ask the students to write down what they think the definition of that word is.
  3. Collect the sheets and read them out one by one – each time you do, the class has to consider the meaning and vote.
  4. Students get one point every time their definition gets a vote and also if they have written the right definition.

The student with the highest number of points wins.

Some words you can use include Aplomb, Brackish, Acumen, Chicane, Diffident, Epiphany, Facetious, Fiduciary, Filibuster, Hubris, Incognito, Jejune, Kowtow, Laissez-faire, Lexicon, Nihilism, Nomenclature, Oligarchy, Paradigm, Pecuniary, Quotidian, Sanguine, Soliloquy, Tempestuous, Totalitarian, Unctuous, Usurp, Vortex, Wrought, and Xenophobe.

10. Board race

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Board race is a team-building activity that requires teamwork and also works on the child’s vocabulary.

Number of players: Six or more

You will need: Board and two different colored markers

How to play:

  1. Divide the class into two teams. Give each team a pen.
  2. Draw a line in the middle of the board, dividing it into two parts, one each for each team.
  3. On one side of the board, write down a word.
  4. Following the relay method, each team must write words relevant to the theme of the keyword.
  5. The team with the highest number of words for a word scores one point.
protip_icon Quick tip
Ensure you are using child-friendly and non-toxic markers for kids’ activities.

11. Chain spelling

This is like interlinking two unrelated words, based on their spellings.

Number of players: Six or more

How to play:

  1. Write any word on the board.
  2. The first student has to take the last four or three letters of that word and form a new word.
  3. The second student does the same, and the chain continues until a student is unable to form a word.
  4. The student who fails to form a word or misspells it is out of the game.

Avoid -ing or -ion words. You can increase the complexity of the game by restricting them to a particular theme or topic.

12. The mime

The mime is a fun game to revise verbs or action words. This game can be played with primary or middle school kids.

Number of players: Ten or more

You will need: A list of action words

How to play:

  1. Write down a list of action words such as gardening, walking the dog, dish washing, eating, or reading on small pieces of paper. Put them in a bag.
  2. Divide the class into two teams.
  3. The student has to enact that word while the other students try to guess what the word is.
  4. The team that guesses the word correctly gets a point and the team with the maximum points, wins.

13. Sentence race

Sentence Race is a vocabulary review game that works best with higher classes with the coordination and cooperation of more than ten students.

Number of players: Ten or more

You will need: List of 10 vocabulary words, 20 pieces of paper, pen

How to play:

  1. Divide the class into two teams.
  2. Pick ten or more vocabulary words and write each word on two pieces of paper. You will have two bundles of vocabulary words.
  3. Each team gets a bundle and a marker or chalk.
  4. Divide the board into two sections, one for each team.
  5. When you call out a word out from the list, one student from each team runs to the board and writes a sentence with the word in it.

The team that writes the maximum correct and meaningful sentences with the chosen words, wins.

Memory Games For Kids

Memory games are fun and they provide a sense of satisfaction. They compel you to try and recall and reinforce any information that the brain has received. Here are a few you can try in the classroom.

14. Card recall

This memory game involves the use of flashcards to recall something from the short term memory.

Number of players: Ten or more

You will need: Flashcards on chosen subject

How to play:

  1. Divide the class into pairs and place different sets of flashcards on the table.
  2. Each student takes three flash cards from the table and counts to ten, as he or she shows it to the partner. He then places them face down.
  3. The partners have to recall what the three cards are. If they succeed, they get to keep the cards.

The student with the highest number of cards wins the game. This game can also be played at home, with two or more people.

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Set a timer for each round to make the game a lot more fun and challenging.

15. I’m going on a trip

This is a memory game that involves making lists. Variations of this game can be played by changing ‘on a trip’ to ‘to the market’.

Number of players: Eight or more

How to play:

  1.  Write the statement “I’m going on a trip and bringing __________” on the board.
  2. Ask the first student to fill in the blank with whatever he or she is bringing. For example, ‘I’m going on a trip and bringing a suitcase’.
  3. The remaining students repeat the sentence with the list of things mentioned by the other students and also add what they are going to bring on the trip. For example, ‘I’m going on a trip and bringing a suitcase, a hat, a pair of sunglasses and ….’.
  4. The students must remember the items mentioned by the others. If they miss even one, they are out of the game.

16. What’s missing?

A simple game that works well with younger children, ‘What’s missing’ helps the children try and recall things they have seen recently.

Number of players: Four or more

You will need: Flashcards

How to play:

  1. Pick up three to five cards each and show it to the class, for a few seconds.
  2. Turn the cards away, shuffle them and show only two of the cards. Ask the class what cards are missing.
  3. You can have two volunteers to show and hold the cards. In that case, you could also ask which card the person was holding before.

Despite being deemed as too simple for higher classes, this game is a good form of enjoyment that exercises their memory.

17. Picture this

Picture this is suitable for students in high school or middle school. It involves paying attention to details.

Number of players: Two or more

You will need: Two or more images with a lot of detail

How to play:

  1. Pick a couple of pictures from the Internet – have at least three to four images, with at least one image that can be memorized easily.
  2. Start by showing the simpler image to the class. Let them see it for a couple of minutes and memorize it. Ask them to notice the details carefully.
  3. Take the image away and ask them questions such as – ‘Was there anything red in the picture?’ or ‘Where was the man with the beard standing in the room’ depending on the image and the details.

Note that the idea is to help children jog their memory to recall something and not pose difficult questions. So pick questions about a few evident details that most kids notice, along with a couple that only a few observant ones do.

Art Games For Classroom

Children must pay more attention to what they do in an art class. And while they learn how to do that, they can have a little fun too, with these games.

18. Pass the drawing

Yes, pass the drawing. Not the salt or the butter! This game works with all age groups.

Number of players: Eight or more

You will need: Drawing paper, pencils or sketch pens

How to play:

  1. Give each student a sheet of paper and a color pen.
  2. Set the timer to one minute and ask the kids to draw anything they want using their color pen.
  3. When the timer dings, pass the paper to the next person and continue the drawing on the paper they get.

Pass the sheets around for three or four rounds and see the result. It could be a collaborative masterpiece for all you know.

19. All about me hats

With this game, everyone can be a mad hatter. The game encourages creativity using mundane things, or even things considered useless.

Number of players: Five or more

You will need: Hats of different shapes and sizes, stickers, decorative paper and pins, old scraps of fabric

How to play:

  1. Get as many hats as there are students in the classroom.
  2. Ask the students to pick a hat.
  3. Set a timer for 30 minutes and ask them to decorate the hats in a way that best suits them.

They could also spell their names on the hats to wear them to a class party.

20. Art bingo

Although bingo is commonly associated with cash rewards, art bingo is an exception. This game is entertaining and purely played for fun.

Number of players:

You will need: Letter sized paper, pens or pencils

How to play:

  1. Give each student a letter-sized sheet of paper. Get them to fold it in half, four times. When they unfold it, they will have 16 blocks.
  2. They can draw lines along the folds or creases to separate the blocks.
  3. Create a word bank of 40 words with the help of your students. Number them and write them on the board.
  4. Ask the students to pick any 16 words from the board and write it at the bottom of each block. They can illustrate the object in the remaining space in the block.

Write numbers one to 40 on slips of paper and put it in a bag. Pick the numbers randomly to play bingo. Students have to mark the corresponding words, and one who marks all the words first wins.

21. The combination man drawing game

This is an engaging art activity that you can try at beginner level or even advanced art classes. The game works well with kids who can draw human shapes and combine two shapes to form a new one.

Number of players: Six or more

You will need: Papers, color pens or pencils

How to play: Six to eight

  1. Each person gets a sheet of paper and pencil.
  2. The students begin by drawing the head and the neck or a man, an animal, a robot, or even an alien. Fold the paper backward at the neck, such that only the bottom of the neck is visible.
  3. Pass the paper to the next person, who will draw the torso of any person or creature. They will fold it again at the end of the waistline, and pass it on.
  4. The last person will draw the legs and the remaining body to complete the combination man.

In the end, unfold the paper to see the resultant picture – we guarantee there will be laughter!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the potential risks of using games in the classroom?

Poor planning of classroom games may increase the risk of injuries due to a lack of safety measures and increased disruptive behavior among children due to a lack of clear rules. Adequate planning and the right set of instructions can prevent such problems and allow children to enjoy these games.

2. How do you address concerns about the potential for games to perpetuate harmful stereotypes or biases?

Choosing culturally and age-appropriate games, being mindful of the gaming messages or content, encouraging critical thinking in children, and educating children on how to differentiate stereotypes by looking at the game through diverse perspectives can help address the concerns about the potential for games to perpetuate biases.

3. How can I adapt classic games like Simon Says or Pictionary to make them more interactive for the classroom setting?

Adapting classic games like Simon Says or Pictionary for the classroom can make them more engaging and interactive for students. Instead of the traditional commands in Simon Says, modify the game to incorporate academic content. Divide the class into teams and have each team take turns being “Simon”. It will encourage collaboration and teamwork. For pictionary, create word cards or a word bank specific to the subject you are teaching. Students can take turns drawing the words related to the topic, and their classmates have to guess it.

4. What are some fun and interactive games that can be used to teach science concepts to young children?

Teaching science concepts to young children can be fun and informative with the help of educational games. Create a game where children have to arrange the planets in order, learn their names, and identify their distinguishing features. Take children on a nature walk and give them a list of items to find, such as various rocks, leaves, or insects. This game encourages observation skills and teaches children about the natural world. You can also create a bingo game with pictures or words representing different scientific concepts.

5. How can I modify popular board games like Monopoly or Scrabble to make them more educational for the classroom?

Modifying popular board games like Monopoly or Scrabble to make them more educational for the classroom can be a fun and effective way to engage students while promoting learning. Replace the traditional properties of Monopoly with subjects related to the curriculum, such as historical events, famous scientists, literary works, or geographic locations. For Scrabble, encourage students to use more advanced vocabulary by allowing them to use dictionaries or word lists during the game. It can help them discover new words and enhance their language skills.

These classroom games for kids not only provide a fun and engaging way to learn but also promote socializing and exploration. By playing games with their peers, children can form strong bonds and better understand each other’s personalities. The motivation and enthusiasm that these games generate can lead to increased application and practice of the concepts learned in class. Repetition through play can also lead to a higher chance of success and achievement, which can boost confidence, self-esteem, and pride in their accomplishments. It’s important to plan these games well and incorporate them into the regular class schedules wisely to ensure that they are viewed as fun learning experiences and not as distractions.

Infographic: Fun Classroom Activities For Children

Introducing classroom activities to children helps reduce the chances of disruptive behavior and develops their social and communication skills. So, in the following infographic, we have listed a few game ideas you can use in the classroom to keep children occupied.

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All work and no play make Jake a dull boy. Similarly, hours of lectures can bore kids too. Here are some fun classroom games to stimulate the children.

Do you know of any classroom games for kids? Let us know about them here.

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i. Exciting and effective ways to play four corners from 6 feet away or virtual (in music class!)

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