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Printable Games for Kids
Print Games for Kids for a Rainy Day
Kids can get bored even on days when the sun is shining. Keep some printable games for kids handy for a rainy day (or a sunny day) when "there's nothing to do!"
Some of the printable games include concentration or memory games, Sudoku (as shown here), making a personalized scavenger hunt game, and many more.
Unplug your kids and give them printable games to play (and learn, but you don't have to tell them that part).
Image Credit: All Kids Network to print Sudoku puzzles. Visit the Web site to download and print this game.
Make a Numbers and Initials Puzzle Game
You've probably seen a sheet of these fun numbers and initials. They are oh-so-cryptic looking at first, but easy once you get the hang of it. Here's an example:
5 f on a h
The f and the h each stand for a word. Give up? 5 fingers on a hand! Easy once you know it, right?
Need another one? 50 s in the USoA. This is an easy one. 50 states in the United States of America.
Come up with your own according to your children's interests. Type them up, print them out, and watch them figure them out. You might want to do sports-related puzzles, but be sure to label it "Sports."
A few examples: 9 i in b (9 innings in baseball) or 11 f p on the f (11 football players on the field)
For more classic ideas, check the NEIHS Kid's Page.
Image Credit: The Graphics Fairy
Fill in the Letters
Coloring, Worksheets, and Activities - Not exactly a game but educational and fun!
- Presidents Coloring Book
United States Presidents coloring book from George Washington to George Bush.
- Reading Comprehension Games and Activities
Where Can I Find Fun Reading Comprehension Games for My Child? Thanks to technology, finding new educational games and activities is easier than ever.
- Endangered Species Coloring Book "Save Our Species"| Pesticides | US EPA
Information and activity for children and students about endangered species.
- Coloring Book :: NASA's The Space Place
Color the NASA space pages online then print them when you're done.
- Great Northern childrens menu4.JPG - Wikimedia Commons
Great Northern childrens menu (NOTE: This menu is pictured above.) The menu told a little story about the railway and "walked" the child through the ordering in the dining car process along with a word game to play to keep the child entertained while
Activity Books and Worksheets
Make a Scavenger Hunt Game
Kids love to explore!
Scavenger hunts are fun for all ages. Think about what the children are interested and gear the treasure hunt toward these things.
Here are some ideas for themes for your scavenger hunt:
~ favorite toys
First, together with your child, decorate your treasure box (an old coffee can or cereal box covered in construction paper works great). Let your child decorate the box with crayons, markers, stickers, stamps, etc.
You'll need to come up with clues using one of the themes listed above (or use your own). Write or type and print out one clue on each piece of paper. (If you type them, many clues will fit on a sheet of paper. Just cut the clues apart after it's printed.)
Each clue needs to lead to a new clue with the final clue leading to the treasure box.
Make sure the clues are age appropriate. You'll have to help read the clues to young children or better yet, draw a picture or use a clip art image of the clue.
Only use a few clues (3 or 4) for young kids. Older kids can handle more clues (up to 10).
Without your child seeing you, hide the clues. Then add a treasure (a small toy or favorite candy works well) to the treasure box then hide the treasure box.
Hand the child the first clue then watch them find the next clue.
Image Credit: Buried Treasure: illustration of William "Captain" Kidd overseeing a treasure burial. In the public domain in Wikipedia.
Prizes for Scavenger Hunts - Treasure to Behold, Matey!
A treasure hunt can be a fun way to entertain kids at a party or sleepover. Be sure to keep it age appropriate.
So no one feels left out, put a little extra work into the game and let each child find their own treasure chest!
Be sure to make the last clue specific to the hiding place for each child's treasure box. Use these ideas or come up with your own for hiding places outdoors:
~ "Look near the place where the acorns fall" for a clue indicating by or under an oak tree.
~ "Your treasure awaits where the small road stops" for a clue directing them near the end of a sidewalk.
~ "The sky is where birds soar, with luck you will find treasure beside a door" for directions to a garage or other door.
Money Tic Tac Toe
Go to Math and Reading Help for the full directions for making the game Money Tic Tac Toe.
The short version follows:
Create a tic tac toe board (you know, 2 vertical lines with 2 horizontal lines overlapping). Type in a denomination of money in each square, such as 5 cents or 20 cents or $1). Vary them or make them the same amount only written differently (5 cents, 1 nickel, $.05).
Give each player a bunch of coins and when they choose a square, they must show that amount of money in any form they choose (for 10 cents, it could be 1 dime or 10 pennies).
If they are correct, they can write their X or O in that square. Whoever gets a tic tac toe first is the winner!
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Hands-On Active Games
These hands-on games get kids actually making things or doing things instead of just sitting there.
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - Kids Pages - Make Your Own Jumping Frog Game
Learn to fold a jumping frog then race the frogs or see whose frog jumps into a paper plate pond first.
- Make a Star Finder :: NASA's The Space Place
Make a Star Finder. Learn your way around the night sky by finding some of the constellations. Download and print the Star Finder for this month.
- Activities for the Classroom :: NASA's The Space Place
Lots of hands on learning from NASA. Mostly science related, of course! Project include The Pods Are Coming, Packing for a L-O-O-O-NG Trip to Mars, and Chasing Down a Satellite.
- EERE Kids: Energy Elf
Energy Elf Game -- This is the text version for the Energy Elf game.
- The Path to Maine Lawmaking
Two board games to print: The Road to Maine Law and The Run for the Governor's Office.
Custom Memory/Concentration Cards
Memory Games - Also called Concentration
For a change from the boxed "remembering" games, print out one or more of these games of concentration.
Kids (and moms and dads) lay out the cards, face down. One person turns over two cards. When they get a match, they keep the pair of cards. Whoever remembers the best and gets the most pairs is the winner.
- Farm Animal Memory Game
This farm animal memory game has 12 pairs of animals. The names are included to help beginning readers learn to read the animal names.
- Memory Game to print - PuzzlEd
Fun, educational games - all free: electronic jigsaw puzzles, printable or computer memory/concentration games for kids; printable activity sheets, first readers, easy crosswords, cryptograms; photos.
- Making Music Is Fun -- Memory Game
Print these music symbols and notes then match them up. This is a great version of concentration for beginning music students.
- A Custom Game of Concentration | Just Something I Made
My project today is thanks to my blog friends, Karen, The Graphics Fairy for all the free images and Amy of Mod Podge Rocks for my supply of Plaid products. I’ve been wanting to make a custom game of Concentration with cool vintage images that even
Make Your Own Memory Game
Glue the memory game pieces to
empty cereal boxes then cut them out
to make them sturdier.
Memory Games - Help children with recall and paying attention
Sudoku Puzzles to Print
- Sudoku Puzzles for Kids at AllKidsNetwork.com
View and print easy Sudoku puzzles for kids at AllKidsNetwork.com. We've got some fun and easy free printable kids Sudoku puzzles for you, plus tons of other kids activities and craft ideas at All Kids Network!
- BlueBonkers - Free Printable Puzzle Sheets - Youth Activity Sheets
Printable youth activity puzzle sheets online free, daily printable sudoko pages, word puzzle sheets, and maze puzzles
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