Are you seeing any learning gaps in your child’s education? Maybe you are just looking for a fun way to review lessons from day to day. Do you have a special needs student that requires a more multi-sensory approach for learning?
Review games are a fun way to make learning interesting and energizing. This approach to your child’s lessons will also help the information transition from just being taught to actually understood. Learning through play and experience is a valuable layer to any education and the primary way that especially younger children learn best.
Below are some review game ideas for your Homeschool. There are creative ideas for grades Pre-K all the way up through High School!
Review Games for Outdoors
- Hopscotch Memory Game – To hop forward you must get the answer correct; if you answer incorrectly you must jump backwards a square.
- Scavenger Hunt for Truth – Create a scavenger hunt based on your lesson. You could have the student collect things already around the house to represent what you want him to know, or you could write down terms or definitions on slips of paper and hide those. Have him find them and then dictate the answer to you. (Example: We use this for phonics. I segment the word /P/-/E/-/N/ an my son goes and finds a pen. We do this for all of his words.)
- Beach Ball Review Toss – On a beach ball, draw puzzle type lines to separate it into sections. Write one term in each of those sections. Toss the ball and wherever the student’s right or left hand lands, that is the term he must define.
- Water Fight for Facts – Time to get wet! If you get an answer right you get to control the hose. If you get an answer wrong you get sprayed. This is a fun one to do as a family.
- Relay Race Review – This is best with multiple players. Write questions and answers on index cards for quick reference. Children race against each other to see who can answer their questions the fastest. Students are asked each question by another student or by the parent in between laps. The first one to answer all of his cards correctly wins. Spare question cards may be added in the instance that a child doesn’t know the answer and wants to “skip”. He will need to run another lap in between.
- Bean Bag Test Toss – If you have a bean bag toss game, you are set, but if you don’t, it is really easy to make one. You can make your own bean bags by taking dried beads and filling up a balloon or sandwich bag, or just use a set of balls. Mark off your targets. The parent asks a review question and when the child answers correctly he gets to toss a bag at a target.
- Quick Answer Slide Review – Children will love this one! Parent asks the child a question at the top of the slide. The child has to give his answer very quickly before he reaches the bottom of the slide.
- Simon Says, “Answer This!” – The game of Simon Says but played with review questions. (Example: “Simon says, if you can answer this correctly, bark like a dog. What is the capital of Illinois?”)
- Sidewalk Chalk Math – Skip the worksheet! Go outside and do your math problems on the sidewalk.
Review Games in the Car
- Memory Melodies – Make up songs or seek out songs that you can review what you are learning in the car. YouTube has many songs like this!
- “I’m Thinking of …” Review Game – Select whatever term, fact, or idea you want your child to guess. They get to ask 5 questions about it, resulting in 5 hints from you the parent, and 5 guesses.
- License Plate Geography – Review the capitals and landmarks of various states as you spot different license plates.
- Invent a Story: Truth or Fiction – This is a great game to play for history and science lessons. Use scenes you pass to prompt stories based on the lessons you are learning. They can be silly or serious and you can add in scientific truths or historical facts from your lessons as you go. Children need to listen because they can yell out “TRUTH!” or “FICTION!” when you, as the parent, repeat a correct or fictional piece of information. (Example: You see a house on a hill … “There was a little old lady who lived in that house. She told me a story one day of how her great grandmother lived there during the Civil War in 1870. *FICTION!* She took in some traveling soldiers from the North. They had just gotten word that the battle in Gettysburg devastated the Confederate Army led by Robert E. Lee *TRUTH!* That 3 day battle *TRUTH!* started when President Abraham Lincoln gave a speech there *FICTION!*)
- Duck, Duck, Dance Review – The parent asks review questions from the front seat while the kids in the back say “Duck” to pass their turn once they answer a question correctly. When mom or dad yells “DANCE!” everyone dances in their seat until the review resumes.
- Window Marker Math – Keep window markers in the car to have the kids do their math problems on their windows instead of in their workbooks.
- Historical Name Game – Looking at either license plates or signs, take the first letter that you see and think of a historical name that begins with that letter. Repeat one fact about that person to make it even more interesting. When done the turn passes to another person in the car.
- Traveling Spelling Bee – Parent calls out spelling words from the front and the child spells the word from the back. Bring treats for so many words spelled correctly!
Review Games for in the Kitchen
- Recipe Multiplication – Double and triple recipes for math practice.
- Smoothie Smack Down – Put an array of ingredients on the counter, vegetables and fruit as well as yogurt and liquids. For every correct answer the child gets to choose and ingredient. For every wrong answer the parent gets to choose an ingredient. At the end you blend, drink, and enjoy!
- Kitchen Chemistry – There are so many ideas on Pinterest and YouTube for chemistry in the kitchen and edible science. It is a great way to get a fun science lesson in that will stick!
- Spaghetti Spelling – Practice spelling words with cooked spaghetti.
- Catapult Counting – Make a homemade, very simple catapult. For easy ideas using household items CLICK HERE. For Pre-K you can make a counting game out of this. For older kids, every review question answered correctly the student gets to catapult marshmallows into a bowl as the target. At the end she has a snack!
- Whipping Cream Writing – This is great for tot school and Pre-K. Practice writing letters and drawing on top of a Ziploc bag of whipped cream.
- Divide and Conquer Review Game – Using dried beans or pasta study the concept of division.
- Pantry Percentages – Take a box of your favorite snack out of the pantry. List the nutritional facts and their percentages. Convert the percentages into decimals and fractions.
Review using Family Games
- Spelling with Scrabble – Play scrabble for some awesome practice in spelling. Keep a dictionary on hand for children to look through as they play to help them choose their words.
- Playing Cards for Review – Turn any review into a card game by asking review questions in between turns. Uno, Rummy, Go Fish are all great ways to play and learn at the same time.
- Dominoes for Math – Build with dominoes while creating math problems with them at the same time. Check out these 10 Math Games to Play with Dominoes.
- DIY Jeopardy Board Game – Check out my friend Sarah’s DIY Jeopardy Board Game that you can use with any subject. This is a fun idea for every age!
- Twister Review Game – Take a Twister spin board and write your subjects for review in the circles. Whatever color/subject the spinner lands on, the parent asks a review question for the week. The player must answer correctly to take a turn.
- Life Size Memory – Take 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper and write a term on one and its definition on a second sheet of paper. Do this for an even amount of terms and their definitions. Mix them up, and lay them out on the floor face down. Play the game of memory by taking turns trying to match the terms with their corresponding definitions. You can place this in endless amount of ways for various ages.
- Hangman Game – Hangman is a fun and easy way to review for any subject, especially spelling and vocabulary. You can make the keyword a term you are studying and give hints as needed for younger students. If you are doing vocabulary terms, to make it interesting challenge your student to spell out and define the term before he or she wins a treat.
Did you get any new fun ideas to try? Click below to download all of the information above as well as two reference sheets for an on-the-go guide to help you integrate more review games into your homeschool learning.
Maybe you have some that you can add to that list above. Comment below with your favorite review games!
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