I love using games in the classroom, especially for math. They are really useful for centres and, well, students like them. I was asked to come up with some ideas for som early learning games that could be taken home and then swapped out (similar to a book-bag program) for Mamawmatawa Holistic Education Centre (MHEC). Instead of coming up with ideas, I put together a box of ready-to-go games. I am really excited to hear how the teachers and students like them.
The first few numeracy and literacy ones are from the Teachers Pay Teachers website, the shop is called Games 4 Learning. There are also many more free games from this shop, as well as other reasonably priced ones.
The cute playdough matts and Snakes & Ladders games are from Sparklebox. If you haven't checkout out theSparklebox website, you should. It is a free UK teacher resource site with tons of brightly coloured printable classroom signs, math games, flash cards and much more.
I really like memory style games for the lower grades, they are easy to play and you can make them out of a million different things. I made a few sets using High Frequency Words. I can't find the exact ones that I downloaded and used for this game, but any photocopied set or even hand-written ones would do.
For the paint-chip matching game, I got inspiration from Pinterest. Pinterest is the highly addictive online pin-board which is fantastic for sourcing new ideas and well, getting inspired! You can find a detailed tutorial of how to make this activity here.
Do you have any go-to websites for downloading games that you would like to share with others? If so, we'd love to hear from you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment below.
Julieanne Steedman, Early Learning Coordinator