Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Phenomenal Games With Minimal Materials

In the midst of looking through materials I am organizing before the new school year, I located some neat games I created last year with minimal materials. I remember posting some like them on my other weblog, but I don't know if I posted these specific ones. Anyway, I am very much looking forward to sharing them with my gifted fifth graders this year. Almost all the games used simple materials-- wooden clips and poster board. A few used wooden circles as well, and one used wooden squares. The best part is that you don't even have to spend $5.00 to create tons of games that are professional-looking and eye-catching! 

I hope you feel inspired to create some of your own games! You can create them for any subject, which is the most awesome of all. 
Area and Perimeter is a simple and quick game. In each section is a problem, and then you place each answer clip where it belongs!
Smallest Terms has clips that are in smallest terms-- and then the spaces have the fractions that are not reduced.
Fraction to Decimal has clips with equivalent decimals to the fractions on the game board.
Shades of Meaning has wooden rectangles as game boards. The four clips are labeled 1, 2, 3, and 4. The purpose of the game is to put a 1 by the word that has the mildest shade of meaning, a 2 by the second-mildest, a 3 by the second most intense, and a 4 by the most intense word. 
Here is the whole Shades of Meaning game!
Advanced Vocabulary has 24 clips. Three synonyms are clipped to each spot on the game board. 
Mixed Numbers is a neat game because it provides two levels of play!

I like the Bakery Math algebraic expressions game a lot because it ties in a tic-tac-toe element as well that I have never
done with any other game.
-Ths Island is neat. You clip your game clips to one of three places-- tenths, hundredths, or thousandths. The place value is underlined on each clip. 


  1. Fun and simple ideas. Thanks for sharing. I am inspired to make some games of my own.
    Learning in Bliss

    1. Thanks, Marcia! I am so excited to implement these games in my room this year. :)

  2. Love it! They will promote practicing skills in a fun way, the answers are all available which makes it less overwhelming for many students, AND I think I can even handle making them!

    1. Very simple and fun!! I hope to hear about your creations soon! - Victoria

  3. Oh - these are such GREAT ideas! And I just bought a HUGE bag of clothespins (all washi-taped now) that are just dying for another use. BRILLIANT! I can use all these ideas - they'll be such a great addition to the centers and partner work I'm trying to integrate more of.


    1. Jen, I am so glad I was able to share this idea with everyone! I am excited about the future of this blog and when I'll put my completed room on here, too. You're just one of the lucky ones to see the progress! As for the games, they're so easy to make-- and goodness, so cheap, which is a HUGE draw. :) - Victoria