Fun activities for middle school students are a great way to kill extra time or keep middle schoolers occupied on a snowy or rainy day. With basic materials and some creativity, these activities can be accomplished in the classroom as a group. Although some students might feign indifference to participating in some activities, by the end, most will be enjoying themselves and time will fly by.

Group Story

Students can write stories together.
Students can write stories together.

Write a story as a group. Use the whiteboard or chalkboard at the front of the room to write the story with the class. Start by discussing the parts of a story and how it needs to have a beginning, middle and end along with characters and some sort of action and resolution.

Start by having a student tell the first sentence of the story and write it on the board for them. Continue moving around the room and have each student add a sentence to build upon the last. Keep going until the class’s story is finished.

Friendship Bracelets

Use beads and string to make friendship bracelets.
Use beads and string to make friendship bracelets.

Use bits of colorful string and beads to braid friendship bracelets. Place beads, scissors and string in a central location of the classroom. Demonstrate how bracelets can be created by braiding along with adding beads to the bracelet. Let students create as many friendship bracelets as time allows. Offer assistance tying bracelets as needed.

Group Design

Have students make designs.
Have students make designs.

Give each middle school student a 6-by-6-inch square of white paper. With a pencil, have students create a geometric design on the square. Pass out colored pencils and have students color in their geometric design using a set of complementary colors. Complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel such as red and green, yellow and blue and purple and orange.

When students are finished coloring in the geometric designs, create a colorful bulletin board by having each student take turns positioning his or her square into a large classroom design.