Children need to have a break from class to exercise, play, run around, and generally unwind. That is why a recess time is granted in the morning, the afternoon, and a longer one granted at lunch. But sometimes, the weather doesn’t cooperate. In some parts of the country, it rains or snows so hard that it isn’t safe to send small children out into the storms. Sometimes, students can earn extra playing time and another break from their studies. Or perhaps it’s the last day of class, the books have been put away, the yearbooks have been signed, and everything is ready to be closed down for the summer while you wait for the final tick down to the three o’clock. In all of these situations, it is best to have a back-up plan and a list of classroom games available.
Standard games are classics for a reason. Hangman encourages students’ vocabulary while keeping them engaged as a class. Most children are naturally competitive, and so they will enjoy the chance to challenge their classmates. Other fun games are Four Corners and Heads-Up Sevens Up. Neither one of those games are the most mentally challenging, but they do keep the entire classroom engaged and active. And they involve moving around, so that’ll help with excess energy. Other games can involve actual board games or card games. Children tend to work well in small groups. There are also things like Jeopardy and scavenger hunts. Children can get real pleasure out of research and study if it is part of a game.
A list of classroom activities should always be kept on hand for a break.
Fun classroom activities should be mentally stimulating.