Whether you just need to fill a few extra minutes, or whether you just can’t bring yourself to laminate, cut and sort another review game, there is always a need for no-prep review games. These games are perfect for any classroom, any subject. All you have to do is have questions (which we always do as teachers, right?) Every teacher needs a few no-prep review games in his or her teaching toolbox!
1. Dice Roll Game
This is the easiest game ever- but kids love it! Basically, you ask a student (or a team) a question. If they answer it correctly, they get to roll the dice. They earn the number of points that are on the dice. Now, here is what makes this game interesting- cool dice! There are so many options, but you would be surprised how motivating cool dice are to kids! Here are the ones I bought for my classroom. I purchased them at Five Below. They are made of foam and are about 8 inches on one side.
Another option is inflatable dice:
Or, you could just make your own giant dice, like this tutorial from The Craft Train:
Or, if you want to play this game in 10 minutes when your kids get back from lunch, just use these awesome virtual dice:
2. Eraser Game
This is favorite of my students. All you need is a whiteboard eraser, and a chalk tray (do they still call it a chalk tray?). Start on one side of the board, and write 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 every couple feet near the tray. As a student (or a team) a review question. If the student gives the correct answer, they get to push the eraser across the tray (have them start at the end with 100). Whichever number the eraser is closest to is the number of points they earn. However, if they push it off the end of the tray, they don’t get any points at all.
This is a super simple game, and every time I play it with my kids it surprises me how much they enjoy it! Now, technically there is a 1 minute prep to this game the first time you play it. You take a handful of popsicle sticks and write numbers on one end of them. Make sure you have at least the number of kids in your class. Below is an example:
- 15 sticks- write the number 1
- 10 sticks- write the number 5
- 5 sticks- write the number 10
You can have the kids play in teams or individually. You simply ask them a question, and if they get it correct they get to pick a stick from the cup. They earn the number of points that are on the stick. Kids love it and you can use the sticks year after year!
4. Four Corners
Ok, this one is a little more specific because you have to have either multiple choice questions or true-false questions. Basically, you name each corner of your room A, B, C, and D (or two corners- true and false). You ask the question aloud (or put it on the projector). The students walk to the corner of the room they think the answer is. Make sure that they know that just because everyone else might be going to a specific corner, does not necessarily mean it is the right answer!
5. Lego Game
The concept of this game is simple. If a student (or team) answers a question correctly, they receive a lego. Depending on the age of the student, you might give multiple legos (high school) or you might give one of the big ones to a preschooler. As they get more questions correct, they would be able to build something.
Hope these ideas were helpful to you! Stick them into your tool box of teaching ideas next time you have a few minutes to spare!
What is your favorite No-Prep Review Game? Respond in the comments below to tell us!