CLASSROOM – Games
This week in the Classroom, National No Housework Day inspired us to create a couple of games to play. One of them can be played indoors while the other is optional for both in- and outdoor play. Whether in the classroom or at home, taking one day away from the general duties doesn’t have to upset the entire order of things. These games keep the mind and body thinking and working. Pay attention and get playing!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Download and print the games we’ve provided. Add other games to your collection both in the classroom and at home. Encourage your students to do the same. Games keep our minds sharp and teach us how to be good winners and losers while challenging us to get back up and try again.
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THIS WEEK’S PROJECTS
We have two games for you this week that include printables.
- Building Block Bingo – You will need bricks in the red, yellow, green and blue matching the shapes listed in the key at the top of the cards in the printable for each player plus the caller. You will also need one building block character per player plus the caller. The caller will mix their building blocks in a bag or bucket. Before the game begins, the caller will announce the type of game. Some games the caller can announce are:
- Regular Bingo – a player completes a row across or diagonally
- Inside corners – Includes the corners adjacent to the free space in the center.
- Postage stamp – Four spaces in a square in any of the four corners
- Outside corners – Each of the outer four corners are complete.
- T – A Bingo across the top and one down the middle to create a capital letter T.
- X – Two diagonals creating a large X
Blackout – All the squares are covered
- The caller will then draw one piece out per round and announce the type of block and color. Each player will check their card to see if and where that block is on their card. Place the matching block over the space on the Bingo card. Once a player calls Bingo, play is stopped and the card is checked.
- Die Game – Print out and put together the paper die. Follow the instructions on the printable to play. Come up with your own versions of the game.