While online games can be a fun way for kids to review concepts, they’re not the same as playing in-classroom, in-person games where you and your students have live and truly spontaneous interactions. Those spontaneous interactions are one of the things I missed most when my classes were remote (raising virtual hands or waiting to be unmuted just isn’t the same as being face-to-face). This week I bring you three good places to get templates for in-classroom games.
Canva seems to have templates for just about anything you can think of including games to play in your classroom. You’ll find more than 300 game templates right here. There are templates in that collection for trivia games, ice-breaker games, puzzle games, and much more. You can use the templates as written, but you’ll probably want to modify them to better fit your needs. Here’s a video I made about using Canva’s game templates.
If you’ve been following my work for a while, you probably know that Flippity is one of my favorite tools for creating games. In addition to templates for online activities, it also has templates for making activities to use offline. For example, watch this video to see how I used Flippity to create an outdoor bingo game. And watch this one to see how I used Flippity to create a Jeopardy-style game.
#3 Keeping Kids in Motion
Justin Cahill maintains a great website called Keeping Kids in Motion. The site is designed for physical education teachers, but many of the activities that he suggests could be used by any teacher who wants to get their kids moving and interacting with each other. Take a look at his most recent game suggestion. While you’re on his site you’ll also want to check out his calendar of activities for March (he has a new calendar every month).
Summer is Coming!
Even though it’s only 15F as I write this, summer (in the northern hemisphere) will be here sooner than you think. I’m already filling my summer schedule and have less than a handful of dates available for in-person workshops and keynotes. If you’re interested in having me speak at your event this summer, please get in touch and let’s work out the details.
Speaking of planning, if you’re a tech coach who needs some ideas for short workshop sessions, 50 Tech Tuesday Tips is for you.