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Printable Games for Kids

Updated on October 9, 2014

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.

What are those things at the end of the arm?
What are those things at the end of the arm?

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

Fill in the Letters
Fill in the Letters
Treasure hunts are fun!
Treasure hunts are fun!

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:

~ nature

~ sports

~ cooking

~ favorite toys

~ animals

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.

Gather your coins and play Money Tic Tac Toe.
Gather your coins and play Money Tic Tac Toe.

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.

Custom Memory/Concentration Cards

Custom Memory/Concentration Cards
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.

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

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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

What game do you like to play with your child?

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    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Good list of printables. I've always been a fan of word games for any age.

    • RichLeighHD profile image

      RichLeighHD 

      6 years ago

      Don't have any children of my own, but may just have to play some of these games with my niece and nephew as they get a bit older (one's a new born and the other recently turned 3).

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