However, it’s still possible to keep things educational and do this, which is why we’ve complied a list of engaging games that can be incorporated into your every day lessons to help you change it up!
According to some reports the attention span for students is around 20 minutes, if not less, so why not use the time in between to engage them in a fun game to test what they’ve learnt!
There are many different games you could use but here are a few of our favourite ideas…
Bingo is a popular game in classrooms and can be used for any subject. Put the answers on the bingo sheet and ask different questions. Students will have to know all the answers to win the game.
Hangman is always fun. You can play this by using the different vocabulary you have used in class. When the word has been revealed, the game can only be won once it is correctly defined.
Noughts and crosses is your usual classic game. You could use cards, one side with a question and the other side with the answer. If pupils answer correctly the question can be replaced with a nought or a cross. If wrong it is the other student’s turn.
Around the world is a great game to play with all students. The objective of the game is to see how far students can move. Students can either be sat in a circle or stood in rows. Two students will get the opportunity to answer a question. Which ever answers correctly first will get to move behind the other student and the game will continue.
Memory games can help to improve students memory skills. There are many different memory games you can choose from. For example, the game Shop where students must say “I went to the shop and bought…”. Another student will then repeat the sentence and what their classmate bought from the shop, following with the item they’d like to buy and this continues with every pupil until their memory will allow them!
Another game could be reading a list related to the curriculum out and asking your students to remember the words you spoke. You will read the list again, each time adding a new word and students must decide which word is the new one.
Scavenger hunts allow students to move around and challenge themselves by solving riddles. The treasure at the end could involve different prizes, giving students a goal and a bit more motivation.
Fast Facts involves giving students a specific amount of time to answer a specific number of questions. This game can be used in any subject and can be a great way for students to develop their skills and improve their knowledge on the particular subject.
If you run out of ideas you could always ask the students to create their own games. The best ones are those that revert back to the curriculum and can be used in an indoor setting for all students to play, so ask them to think outside the box and get them involved!
Classroom games that engage pupils also allow for stronger bonds to form between students through team work and competivitity. It will also improve the relationship you have with your pupils as they will more than likely see a lighter side to you.