Easy and Simple Game Ideas to Make Test Prep Fun!
As any 3rd grade+ teacher can tell you, Spring time means testing. Test prep can be a stressful time for both you and your students. However, test prep doesn’t have to be boring! In fact, it can be quite fun and engaging with the right games and activities. In this blog post, we will explore five fun game ideas to make test prep a little more exciting for your students.
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First to 100
First to 100 is a game that is easy to set up and can be played in teams. Each group rolls a dice for each correct answer and moves their magnet along the board. The first team to reach 100 wins! This game encourages teamwork and friendly competition, which can help students to stay engaged and motivated.
Gold Rush is a game that requires students to answer questions correctly to move their game piece closer to the gold at the bottom of the board. The first team to reach the gold wins! This game can help students to focus on answering questions correctly while also having fun.
Treasure Hunt is a game that can be found online by searching for a printable game board (or downloading the one I created below). Students roll a dice and move along the game board, answering questions along the way. The first group to reach the finish line wins! This game encourages students to work together and helps them to review important concepts in a fun way.
Bean Bag Toss
Bean Bag Toss is a game that can be purchased from stores such as Target (Dollar Spot for the win) or Aldi (check those clearance aisles) for just a few dollars. Students get a chance to toss a bean bag with each correct answer, and the student with the most points at the end wins! This game is a great way to add a physical element to test prep and get students up and moving.
Cash Grab is another game that can be played in teams. Groups with the correct answer can reach into a box or bag and pull out a dollar bill without looking. I include a mix of math money bills from $1-$100. The team with the highest amount at the end wins! This game adds an element of surprise and excitement, which can make test prep more enjoyable for students.
Test prep doesn’t have to be boring! With the right games and activities, you can make test prep fun and engaging for your students. Try out these five game ideas and see how they work in your classroom. You can grab your free downloadable game board below! Your students may surprise you with how much they enjoy test prep when it’s presented in a more exciting way.