Fun Classroom Games & Activities

Classroom games can make the day more fun.

Classroom games and activities can bring an element of fun to your class. These activities are a great break from regular work. They allow students to work off steam before a holiday break or stop the monotony of normal school days. Each of these activities can be adapted to work for any classroom.

1 Get to Know You

This game works best at the beginning of a new semester or school year. Make a list of interesting questions then have kids pick a different student to answer each question. Some sample questions are: “Find someone who has brown eyes.” “Find someone who has been to a foreign country.” “Find someone who has been to ten states.” “Find someone who went camping this summer.”

Print the questions on a piece of paper and make enough copies for the students. Allow the students to mingle to find the answers. The first person to answer all the questions wins.

2 Truth and Lies

Explain to the students that they will need to guess who is telling the truth and who is lying. Then have each student stand up and make a statement about themselves. After everyone has finished, go around the classroom and have the students guess who was telling the truth and who was lying. This can also be expanded to two truths and one lie, where the students make three statements and their classmates have to guess which of the three is the lie. The student who guesses the most correctly, wins the game.

3 Four Corners

This is a quiet game that will keep children occupied on a rainy day. It takes very little preparation. Assign a number to each corner of the room. Pick one child to be “it.” Have that child sit at a table with his head down. Tell the other students to each choose a corner to stand in. Tell “it” to call out a number and have everyone in that corner sit down. The game continues until one person is left and that person is then “it.”

4 Heads Up Seven Up

This is a quiet game. Select seven children to “it.” Have the rest of the students put their heads down on their desks and put their thumbs up. Tell the seven kids who are “it” to each touch one thumb. Tell the students who are tagged to put their thumbs down. Tell the seven children who are “it” to return to the front of the classroom. Have everyone pick their heads up, and have the children who were tagged stand up and guess who picked them. If they guess correctly, they replace the person who picked them and that person sits down. If they don’t, they sit back down and the game goes on for another round.

Miriam C has been writing since 2007. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University. Among her many jobs, Miriam C has taught middle-school students. She's written for and other clients on finances, family and education.