As a homeschooling mother, I am always looking for new resources to use with my kids. I want them to learn, and I want them to have fun. As a single-income family, it is not always economical for us to run down to the teacher’s supply store and pick up whatever we want to use. Because of that, I have to get creative and put things together myself.
In another article, I showed you the best free websites for interactive games that teach reading, spelling, and grammar. In this article, I will show you where you can find instructions to games that you can make and use in your classroom when you want to do something a little different.
Before you get started, gather up your supplies. You will need to make sure you have lots of printer ink. Because you will be doing a lot of expensive printing, and you don’t want to have all of your hard work destroyed by little hands, get some contact or laminating paper to protect your games. Then you will need some cardstock paper. White is good, but if you want to add a little color to your games, see if you can find some colored cardstock. You will also need crayons or markers, and some scissors and glue. For gameboards, cover the cardboard that comes from empty cereal boxes with your printed games, and laminate for protection.
The first game website I will mention is Kelly’s Kindergarten-Games to Make This website has several dozen games you can print and put together for your students. Some are game boards and some are cards. These are very pretty games, and use a lot of popular cartoon characters. They have had a lot of work put into making them. They teach sight words and many reading skills. Some of these game cards have the words printed directly on them. Others are more generic, and can be used to teach many different subjects. Although it was designed mainly for reading, my daughter loves to use the Spongebob puzzle game to work on her math facts. On another part of this website, many other learning games and activities are discussed. It will be worth your time to check these out as well.
Welcome to Reading Room 1- This website has several nice reading games for beginning readers.
Instant Display Teaching Resources- This has lots of colorful printables to use in the classroom.
Reading Rockets Reading Games Ideas This gives instructions for making several reading games.
Reading Resource gives ideas for teaching reading. This website includes videos of actual student/teacher interaction using these methods. This link takes you to instructions on how to make reading games to be used in reading class. This website is primarily for use by teachers who are teaching children with dyslexia. But the games and methods can be adapted to any child, regardless of ability.
Arithmethic Rummy This page gives you the printables and instructions for using rummy to teach math skills. It has games divided into two groups: those to be used with ages 6 and under, and those to be used with ages 7 and up.
Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks- This page has three dozen math games that you don’t even have to make. All you have to have is a deck of cards and two dice.
Multiplication games This page has about a dozen games. Many of them use flashcards. Most of them do not require you make anything special to play the games. The website has a lot of resources for helping children learn their multiplication facts.
These are just a few of the many ideas for learning games that are online. Children truly do learn better when they are having fun. Spending the time to play a game may seem counter-productive, but is actually just the opposite. Take time today to learn a few games to play with your children. You will be glad you did.