With that in mind, what types of games are
good for use in a classroom setting? Most any game will work, but
one thing to keep in mind is to make the game large enough for the
class size. In fact, oversized is even better. Let's share some
ideas for some simple but effective games you can make.
Plinko is a popular game on The
Price Is Right TV show. A disk is dropped from the top of a board
and bounces toward the bottom through a maze of pegs, eventually
landing in a slot with a point value assigned to it. This game is
a great way to earn points after answering a question or to
determine how many 'Bible Bucks' a child may receive after
answering a question. It's also a very easy game to make.
Here's what you'll need.
1 - 4' x 4' sheet of peg board
2 dowel rods that fit securely into the peg board holes
3 - 1 x 2 x 8' boards
1 wooden ring (curtain rings work well)
Cut the three 8' boards into 4' lengths. Frame up the two sides
and bottom of the pegboard with 3 of the 4' pieces. Attach 2 4'
sections to the top, back sides with the hinges, creating legs for
the board to stand up at a slight backward tilt. Cut the remaining
4' piece into 3 strips. If your wooden ring is about 3 across,
then place the 3 pieces vertically across the bottom every 3 1/2
to create the slots for the ring to fall into. (Some guesswork is
best here to evenly distribute the 3 pieces.) Cut the dowel rods
into 2 lengths and randomly insert them into the peg board. Be
sure there is plenty of room for the ring to bounce around and
make it to the bottom! Now decorate it as you like!
Quarto is another popular game that
is easy to create. The object is to get 4 of a kind in a row. The
trick is that your opponent chooses which piece you have to play.
Here's what you need.
1 - 2' x 2' piece of plywood
8 square styled post tops
8 round styled post tops
Create a 4 x 4 checker styled playing board by dividing the 2' x
2' piece of plywood into 6 squares. Paint every other square blue
and every other one green. Paint two round post tops yellow and
two round post tops red. Paint two square post tops yellow and two
square post tops red. That's it! The team who gets four of a kind
in a straight row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally wins.
The combinations can be 4 red, 4 yellow, 4 round, or 4 square!
Mancala is also a fun game kids like
to play. How to play can be a little difficult to explain here, so
you may want to purchase a smaller version or look up directions
on the Internet. For now, let's describe how to make it.
Here's what you'll need.
12 - 5-quart ice cream buckets
2 - 10 gallon Rubbermaid tubs
36 multi-colored 3 foam or plastic balls
Make two rows with 6 buckets in each row, placing 3 balls in each
bucket. Place a tub at each end. Follow the Mancala rules!
Tic-Tac-Toe is a favorite stand by.
© by Gary
Here's what you will need.
1 - 8' 4 x 4 fence post
red and blue paint
Cut the post into 4 cubes. On one side of the cube paint a large
red X. On the opposite side of the cube paint a large blue O.
Stack 3 cubes so the X is to the left and the O is to the right
with blank sides on the front, back, top, and bottom. Place the
next stack several inches to the right of the first stack and the
third stack several inches to the right of the second stack. This
will give you room to rotate the cubes. When a correct answer is
given and a block chosen, that cube is rotated to display the
correct emblem, X or O. (Behind the scenes joke. Though the
winning team sees their emblems in a row, the other team actually
has theirs in a row on the back side. I guess we're all winners!)
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