25 Fun and Easy Classroom Games For Kids

Incorporating classroom games into your lesson can make learning engaging, interactive, and enjoyable for students of all ages. Not only do games promote teamwork and critical thinking, but they also provide a welcome break from traditional teaching methods. Personally, I found that my lesson plan could often overestimate the amount of time it would take to complete certain tasks, leaving me with a lot of dead air. Having a list of easy to set up games meant that I could stretch out my lessons, maximize learning and keep the students entertained. So, with that in mind, here are 25 fun and easy classroom games that you can try, each with its own educational benefits.

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25 Easy and Fun Classroom Games For Kids

#1 Hangman

Description: Choose a word and draw a series of blanks on the board. Students guess letters to fill in the blanks, with each incorrect guess resulting in adding a body part to a stick figure.

Set-up: Write a word or phrase related to the lesson on the board, leaving blank spaces for the letters. Draw a hangman scaffold next to it.

Educational Benefit: Enhances spelling and vocabulary skills.

#2 Pictionary

Description: Students take turns drawing pictures on the board while their classmates guess what the word or phrase is.

Set-up: Prepare a list of words or phrases related to the lesson. Divide the class into teams.

Educational Benefit: Develops creativity, communication, and critical thinking.

#3 Charades

Description: Students act out words or phrases without speaking while others try to guess what they are portraying.

Set-up: Prepare a list of words or phrases related to the lesson. Divide the class into teams.

Educational Benefit: Enhances nonverbal communication skills and encourages creative thinking.

#4 Spelling Bee

A list of words for the spelling bee classroom game

Description: Students compete to spell words correctly, either individually or in teams.

Set-up: Compile a list of age-appropriate words to spell. Arrange students in a line or divide them into teams.

Educational Benefit: Improves spelling accuracy and promotes healthy competition.

#5 Jeopardy

Description: Based on the popular game show, students answer questions across different categories to earn points.

Set-up: Create a game board with various categories and corresponding point values. Divide the class into teams.

Educational Benefit: Reinforces knowledge retention and encourages critical thinking.

#6 Simon Says

Description: The teacher gives instructions beginning with “Simon says,” and students must follow only those instructions.

Set-up: None.

Educational Benefit: Enhances listening skills and reinforces the importance of following directions accurately.

#7 20 Questions

Description: Students ask yes/no questions to guess a person, place, or thing within a limited number of questions.

Set-up: Think of a word related to the lesson and keep it secret. Students take turns asking questions.

Educational Benefit: Develops deductive reasoning and encourages critical thinking.

#8 Bingo

Bingo spelled out with pieces of colored paper

Description: Students mark off words or images on a grid as they are called out by the teacher.

Set-up: Prepare Bingo cards with words or images related to the lesson. Distribute the cards to the students for one of the most fun classroom games.

Educational Benefit: Reinforces vocabulary, listening skills, and visual recognition.

#9 Memory Game

Description: Students try to match pairs of cards or objects by remembering their positions.

Set-up: Prepare a set of matching cards or objects related to the lesson. Shuffle and place them face down.

Educational Benefit: Enhances memory skills and promotes concentration.

#10 Who Am I?

Description: Students wear sticky notes on their foreheads with the name of a famous person or character. They ask yes/no questions to guess who they are.

Set-up: Write the names of famous people or characters related to the lesson on sticky notes. Stick them on the students’ foreheads.

Educational Benefit: Develops questioning and deductive skills while learning about notable individuals.

#11 Balloon Pop

Colorful balloons prepared for the balloon pop classroom game

Description: Questions or challenges are written on small pieces of paper inside balloons. Students pop the balloons and complete the tasks.

Set-up: Write questions or challenges related to the lesson on small pieces of paper and place them inside inflated balloons. Scatter the balloons around the classroom.

Educational Benefit: Adds an element of excitement to learning while reinforcing lesson content.

#12 Scattergories

Description: Students brainstorm words that fit specific categories within a time limit.

Set-up: Prepare category lists with different topics related to the lesson. Provide each student or team with a pen and paper.

Educational Benefit: Promotes critical thinking, vocabulary expansion, and quick decision-making.

#13 Hang the Donkey’s Tail

Description: Blindfolded students try to pin a tail on a donkey drawing.

Set-up: Draw a large donkey on a poster board and cut out a tail. Blindfold one student at a time and spin them around before they attempt to pin the tail.

Educational Benefit: Enhances spatial awareness, coordination, and fine motor skills.

#14 Tic-Tac-Toe

Tic tac toe being played on a blackboard with hearts

Description: Classic game played on a grid where students aim to get three of their marks in a row.

Set-up: Draw a tic-tac-toe grid on the board. Divide the class into two teams.

Educational Benefit: Reinforces strategic thinking, problem-solving, and pattern recognition.

#15 Word Association

Description: Students take turns saying a word associated with the previous word.

Set-up: None – classroom games don’t come easier than this!

Educational Benefit: Enhances vocabulary, encourages quick thinking, and strengthens connections between words.

#16 Crossword Puzzles

Description: Provide crossword puzzles with educational clues for students to solve.

Set-up: Create crossword puzzles related to the lesson using an online crossword generator or create them manually.

Educational Benefit: Boosts vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking skills.

#17 Taboo

Description: Students try to describe a word without using specific related terms.

Set-up: Prepare a list of words related to the lesson. Write down taboo words that students cannot use while describing the main word.

Educational Benefit: Enhances communication skills, vocabulary, and quick thinking.

#18 Guess the Sound

Description: Play various sounds and have students guess what they are.

Set-up: Collect a variety of sounds related to the lesson. Use a computer or soundboard to play the sounds.

Educational Benefit: Improves listening skills, auditory recognition, and attention to detail.

#19 Silent Ball

Young children playing silent ball, one of the favorite classroom games

Description: Students toss a ball silently, trying to get others out by catching them off guard.

Set-up: Form a circle with the students. Choose one student to start by tossing the ball to someone else silently.

Educational Benefit: Promotes focus, coordination, and quick reaction time.

#20 Trivia Quiz

Description: Test students’ knowledge with a quiz on various subjects related to the lesson.

Set-up: Prepare a set of questions and answers. Divide the class into teams or allow individual participation.

Educational Benefit: Reinforces lesson content, encourages research, and boosts memory recall.

#21 Sentence Relay

Description: Students create a sentence one word at a time, passing it along the line.

Set-up: Divide the class into teams and provide each team with a sentence starter related to the lesson.

Educational Benefit: Enhances teamwork, communication skills, and reinforces sentence structure.

#22 The Great Debate

Description: Divide the class into teams for a friendly debate on a given topic.

Set-up: Choose a debatable topic related to the lesson and assign teams as pro and con sides. Set clear rules for the debate.

Educational Benefit: Develops critical thinking, research skills, and persuasive speaking.

#23 Jigsaw Puzzle Race

Many pieces of a jigsaw

Description: Divide the class into groups and see which team can complete a jigsaw puzzle the fastest.

Set-up: Choose a jigsaw puzzle related to the lesson and divide it into sections for each team.

Educational Benefit: Fosters teamwork, problem-solving, and spatial reasoning skills.

#24 Mystery Bag

Description: Place various objects in a bag, and students have to guess what they are by feeling them without looking.

Set-up: Collect a variety of objects related to the lesson and place them inside an opaque bag.

Educational Benefit: Enhances sensory perception, descriptive language skills, and deductive reasoning.

#25 Hot Seat

Description: One student sits with their back to the board, and the class gives them clues to guess the word written on the board.

Set-up: Write a word related to the lesson on the board. Choose one student to sit in the “hot seat.”

Educational Benefit: Improves vocabulary, listening skills, and critical thinking.

So, there you have it! 25 easy and fun classroom games for the kids in your classroom. Which is your favorite? If you found this useful, please like us on Facebook and connect on LinkedIn to help us grow!

Tom Bogues

Tom is the Director of ESL Job Center. He has been working in the TEFL industry in one form or another since 2016 and is now using that experience to match quality teachers with quality schools across China.

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