Games ideas for studying that don’t waste time

Am I the only one who has her kids doing literally ANYTHING ELSE but studying when they HAVE TO study? I’m sure not!!!

Kids are always unmotivated to do housework, do school projects or even study for quizzes or exams.

As a result I have decided to turn some of our beloved classic games into studying games that don’t waste time but raise some challenges.

Note: I’ve included a video of how to use them at the end if you prefer over reading.

Games ideas for studying that don’t waste time

Studying Bingo:

This is bingo (we all know how to play it right?) where you can type in {If you’re doing it on pc} or write down the housework or school tasks your kid should do.

Every time your kid does one of these tasks just scratch it or draw a line or something.

The idea is to motivate your kid to finish his/her school tasks.

Studying scavenger hunt:

This is a game when you want your kid to do a specific task. Write down some hints on scavenger hunt cards to let your kid figure out what they should do next.

Its fun if they get rewards for figuring it out correctly from the first time.

Studying Punch cards:

This is a building-up process. It isn’t a game or method to finish in one day.

Have a punch card for a specific task (housework, projects, studying for quizzes) and every time your kid finishes a step of the task, punch the card or put an x on the place where you were supposed to punch.

Studying Tickets Coupon:

Make some coupons where your kid can take a reward whenever they finish a task fully.

It’s adjustable according to what your kid prefers to have as a reward.

Studying reward money:

I created some printed money with a school/ study theme and gave my kids the ones I felt they deserved to accord to the task.

The more difficult the task, the more money I gave away.

I counted them as points, made a list of rewards to let them buy them with the money.

Studying tetris:

This game follows the Tetris rules, they need to do the tasks on the Tetris pieces. Whenever the task is done they could use it on the bigger board till it’s full.

Studying dominos:

Each domino piece has two sides, the kid who uses the pieces fully wins. They need to do both tasks on the domino piece before using it.

Tips to make the games reusable and to save some money:

Print them faded:

If you feel the games got a lot of colors and will finish the printer’s ink, then print them faded.

Print multiple pages on each paper:

If its possible and it will not make the pictures super small, then print multiple pages on one paper to save papers and ink.

Use Dry erase pocket.

I use these a lot in my classroom. Basically you put papers you want to write on inside then you use a whiteboard marker on the outside because you can erase it easily.

Laminate the cards.

As a teacher I already have a laminator, and I would understand if not everyone does, However, there are many very cheap laminators that you can get for less than 20$ or 15$ “without discounts or offers.”

So, laminating the cards makes them reusable and keeps their durability longer so you don’t have to reprint them, and they will be waterproof.

Use some pouch folders.

After finishing the games, the kids tend to leave everything a mess and some pieces get lost so using a pouch folder can hold the pages and cards for next time.

Use waterproof cards.

Using waterproof cards can hold up the durability longer and keeps the games from losing the ink or being damaged in water.

Ofc, putting them soaking in water WILL damage them but we are here talking about small accidents.

Do I have to make them all printed?

No you don’t if you’re a fan of DIYing things yourself.

Should I use studying games with my kid?

Studying can be boring, frustrating or unmotivating, that’s why using these games would help in pushing the kids forward.

Are the studying games suitable for a specific age?

No, they fit all ages because they are a way for motivating kids to study and make it a fun task.

To sum up:

It’s optional to turn the studying experience fun but helping our kids is appreciated in the future.

Any game that we know around us can be turned into a studying game .

It’s ok to offer emotional or time related rewards if you don’t want them to be materialistic.

You can reuse the games by laminating the papers to protect them from being destroyed but that’s optional.

Have you tried any game to motivate your kid to study or do homeworks?

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