It's that time of year again! The leaves are starting to change color, the air is getting a little cooler, and kids are heading back to school. While some students might be dreading the return to the classroom after a long summer break, there's no reason why learning can't be fun!
Whether you are a teacher looking for ways to make your lessons more engaging, or a parent searching for interesting activities to do with your kids at home, we've got you covered. Here are some fun and educational games that will make going back to school a blast.
First Day at School Games
These games are perfect icebreaker games for the first day of school to help kids get to know each other and feel comfortable in their new surroundings. It can be daunting for some kids to start a new school year, but these games will help them ease into it and have fun at the same time.
This fun printable school game is a nice way for classmates to get to know each other. Print a bingo card for each student and they will need to find people who match the statement in each square
The Name Game
This is a classic icebreaker that is sure to get everyone giggling. To play, each child takes turns saying their name and something they like (e.g., "I'm Sarah and I like animals"). The next person then has to repeat the first person's name and likes, and add their own. This continues until everyone has had a turn.
This one is great for getting kids up and moving. Make a list of items that can be found around the classroom or school grounds. Split the students into teams and see who can find all of the items first. Bonus points if they can find them in alphabetical order!
Start the school year off in a positive way with this first day of school questionnaire.
This School Treasure Hunt is a good way to get your students familiar with your classroom. The clues will lead them to the water bottle station, the school bag rack, trash can and other places around the classroom and school.
Fun back to school games
Keep the fun going all week long with these back to school games. They're perfect for classroom parties, after-school activities, or anytime you need to inject some fun into the school day.
Minute to win it games are perfect for the classroom and a great way to keep the kids engaged and attentive. They're educational, engaging, quick to play and most importantly, a whole lot of fun. Get your students excited about learning with these easy-to-play games.
These fun and sometimes silly questions will help everyone open up and get to know each other better. Asking things like 'Would you rather fly or teleport?' and 'Would you rather be able to talk to animals or talk to plants' will start some interesting conversations!
Printable Back to School Games
Printable games are a quick and easy way to bring some more fun to the classroom. Available for instant download, they make good last minute games to play.
Kids love emojis and this game makes a great icebreaker or classroom activity. Our School Emoji Pictionary Game will get the kids thinking while having fun
Get to know your students better with this printable game. Everyone picks if they would prefer to do 'this' or 'that'. You can then compare answers with the class to see which answers are the most popular.
See who can match the school related jokes to the correct answers in the quickest time.
Try to think of a word or phrase starting with each letter at the top of the page. Each line is something different such as 'found in a classroom', 'cafeteria food' 'a school subject'
Going back to school doesn't have to be all work and no play! With these fun games, your students will be having so much fun they won't even realize they're learning. So break out these games the next time you're looking for a fun way to liven up the classroom.
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Test your emoji knowledge with this printable emoji quiz. With lots of questions, you're sure to have a blast (or maybe a few frustrating moments) trying to guess the answers. Plus, there's a handy answer key included!
Christmas is coming! Get into the holiday spirit with these fun printable Christmas games. From classic party games like charades, to new favorites there is something here for everyone. Print them out and get ready for some festive family fun!