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Three Fun Educational Games That Reinforce Learning

written by: Alicia • edited by: Donna Cosmato • updated: 8/2/2012

Education should be fun! One easy way you can make learning fun is to incorporate some simple educational games into your day, that are built on classic games children love to play. The following three ideas can be used for younger homeschooled children in the lower elementary grades.

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    There are three great games you can play with your child that will reinforce what you have been teaching them. Kids might not even realize they are learning, and they will probably be grateful for any activity they can do that gets them away from their desk. You can use the suggestions and simply modify them to fit your homeschool curriculum.

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    1. Chalk Fun

    Take your child outside and give them some colorful chalk. Have your child use the chalk to write out their spelling words on the sidewalk or on your paved driveway. Once they spell the spelling word ask them to color you a picture that represents that spelling word. In other words, if the spelling word is "flower" your child would draw a flower using the different colored pieces of chalk. Have the child use the word in a sentence to make sure they know what it means. It's great to get outside and get some fresh air and learn at the same time.

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    2. Charades

    Use charades to make sure your child understands their lesson. If you are studying the weather you would give your child a set of cards. The cards will depict a different type of weather. The cards could read rain, windy, cloudy, sunny, hail, snow, tornado, or hurricane. The child can mix them up and one by one act out the weather condition on the card. It is your job to guess which one they are acting out. You can use this for other subjects as well.

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    3. Scavenger Hunt

    This is a fun game to play for Math, but it can be used for any subject. Make up some index cards with math problems on them. These problems depend on your child's grade. We will use simple addition for this example. You may have five cards that read 2+4 =, 5+4 =, 1+3 =, 6+2 =, and 7+0 =. You will have five other note-cards with the answers on them. These cards would read 6, 9, 4, 8, and 7. You will hide these answers separately around the classroom or backyard. The child must go on a hunt to find the answer.

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    What types of games do you utilize to help your young children learn? Let us know what works best for you in the comments!