With homework to mark, lessons to prepare, counselling forms to complete, and so much more, teachers are often looking for activities that require little preparation, and we usually make it one of our top priorities when searching for or creating new games, but on the occasion that a teacher finds themselves with a little extra time on their hands, we list here some fun party activities that teachers may like to consider making.
Mazes can be played in numerous ways. They can be as simple as a picture on a page, and as complex as an imagination allows. All considered, we were particularly proud of our three dimensional team maze. This game, built on a frame of four thick sticks bound with string, requires teams of up to four students to tip the maze up, down, and all other ways to roll the egg / marble from the beginning of the course to the goal. Various obstacles lined the path, from gaping holes to tricky ramps, and all set to a timer. Our students had a blast!
Although in most youtube videos originally this paper craft may have been dinosaurs, with a dash of colour they’re easily changed to chickens. We had our students race to peck as much grain (as many marbles) as they could in a minute. It’s a fun game that can be played with children of 5 to 9 years old. Here’s the instructional video we used to make ours…
We had intended for this game to be played among elementary school children, but for some reason it was very popular with the junior high schoolers. Before starting the game teams are given bingo sheets, onto which they may chose which colours to fill each square. Each game then begins with a ping pong ball rolled down the ramp at the back of the box. The box is made slightly sloped, so the ball then rolls toward the two sticks at the front, where students try to hit it into one of the five targets. If they are successful their team may mark off the matching colour of their bingo sheet. The first team to achieve a line of their sheet horizontally, vertically, or diagonally is declared the winner.