Activities and Games

Summer Learning Games

Build word power with colorful ice pops, storytelling cubes, and more.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Match-It-Up Ice Pops

1. Get students excited about building their vocabulary skills with our colorful ice-pop game. To start, download and print the ice-pop templates.
2. Create matching pairs by writing synonyms, antonyms, or vocabulary words and their definitions on the solid yellow pops.
3. Glue a craft stick and one of the “flavored” backgrounds to each pop. Mix up the pops and have students place them flavor side up on the floor. Finally, have kids flip the pops to
find each matching pair.
What it teaches: Vocabulary, synonyms, antonyms

FREE DOWNLOAD! Use these mix-and-match templates.

Vocabulary Search-and-Find

Turn vocabulary practice into a search-and-find game kids can play during quiet time. First, print vocabulary words on card stock. (Download our beach-, baseball-, and camping-themed lists at scholastic.com/instructor.) Cut the words into strips and mix them in jars with beads or other small objects, and secure the lids with glue. Finally, give students a list of the vocabulary words. Encourage them to shake and twist the jars to find them all.
What it teaches: Vocabulary, spelling

Confetti Geo Cards

Studying countries or states? Have students sum up their knowledge with these colorful confetti displays. Begin by creating a representative collage or scene on construction-paper cards. Sprinkle with confetti and cover with a transparency layer, gluing it to the background around the edges. On the back, have students affix a small card on which they’ve written interesting facts. When they’re done, they can present their geo cards to the class.
What it teaches: Countries, states, geography

Story Dice

Kids love playful ways to generate writing ideas. Gather a handful of wooden cubes and a collection
of colorful stickers. Place a different sticker on each side of the cubes. Have students roll one, two, or three cubes at a time and challenge them to include the images that land faceup in a story or a poem. Suggest that they choose one of the images to be the main topic in the story. Other images may provide a setting or perhaps a villain or crucial plot point. Then have students create longer stories, with a roll of the cubes for each new chapter or episode. 
What it teaches: Creativity, choosing a topic

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