Friday, August 2, 2013

Review Game Ideas for Classical Conversations

I have seen so many great ideas for review games out there.  I thought I would compile a list of my favorites to have as a resource.  I figure if I could come up with 6 great games that work, I only have to use the same game 4 times in a year!

1.  Zap! - This is my favorite game so far simply because the smartest group doesn't always win.  It's kind of like Jeopardy, but with a curve ball - if you get the "Zapped" card, you lose all your points!  Thanks for sharing, Mathtastrophe!  Game instructions and printable here.

Another take on this game is Bazinga by Simplifying Radicals.  

2. Nerf Gun - Love this idea!  Draw a bullseye on the board.  Divide the kids into teams.  Ask a team a review question.  If they get the answer correct, they get to shoot at the board to see how many points they earn.  So fun!

3.  Jenga - I really like how Living Out His Love blog does this one.  She writes with a sharpie marker directly onto the Jenga piece.  And, she write a subject and week on both sides of each piece.  Though, if done this way, it seems like you could only do this at the end of the semester (because if you have Sciene, week 7 written in sharpie and you're only at week 3, that wouldn't work!).  Another idea is to tape the subject and week with clear packing tape and then re-do it as your progress along in the year.  

4.  Power Tower - Similar to Jenga, but with paper cups.  Write the question on the cup.  If the class answers correctly, they get to stack the cups.  If the tower falls, they have to start over.  

5.  Mr Potato Head - For every question the class gets correct, they get to add a body part to Mr. Potato.  I also like the idea on 2nd Grade Rocks! blog.  She uses it as a behavior incentive.  Every time the class has good behavior, they get to add a body part.  When Mr. Potato is completely put together, they get to have an ice cream party!

6.  Snowball Fight - Love this idea for Texas as this may be the only snow the children ever see.  Write the review questions on a piece of paper.  Divide the kids into 2 teams.  If the kids get it correct, they get to crumble it up into a ball.  After all the questions have been answered, they get to have a snowball fight using the paper balls!  

7.  Chair Tic-Tac-Toe - Put nine chairs in 3 rows of 3 to make a square.  Divide the class into 2 teams.  Ask a team a question.  If they get it correctly, one of their players gets to sit in one of the chairs.  The first team to have 3 players sitting in a row wins.

8.  Memory Mogul - Awesome (and free!) printable game from Sola Gratia Mom blog.  This one seems like it could take some time printing out the cards and possibly creating a game board.  But, the game board and cards could last all year.  Click here for instructions and printables.

9.  Stinky Feet - My 7 year old son would love this one.  Very simple with little prep time.  Idea and instructions can be found here at Teaching in the Fast Lane blog.  

10.  Classroom Board Game - This game may require a little adapting, but it looks like fun.  Turn the classroom into a life size game board.  Great ideas for how to do this game here at Blessings for Bible School Teachers.  


  1. Hi Leslie! These are such great ideas! We'd love for you to share this post (and any other of your review game posts) on our Memory Work Review Game link-up! :)


  2. These are awesome! I think our tutor reads your blog, because we played the NERF gun review game a lot!

  3. great ides, love the post :)

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  5. Great ideas! I've got to try the 'Zap" game (but I think you meant "curve" ball (;

    1. Funny! I'm just now seeing this. Thank you!

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    1. No worries! I hope you're off to a great homeschooling year!

  7. These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing :) I have a few math game ideas at my tpt store:
    Feel free to check them out!

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