Sometimes we all need a break from data collection, worksheets, and lesson plans. Let loose with some fun (and no prep- ahhh!!) games with your students that will still target those uber important social skills and cognitive development.

Charades

Charades can be tricky for your students to grasp the concept of but once you get rolling it will be a blast! Charades targets:

  • rule following {remember – no talking allowed}
  • cognitive skills {imagination, imagination, imagination}
  • vocabulary building {think about all of the parts of items you need to consider}
  • social skills {turn taking, appropriate voice volume}

Tips for playing charades with your students:

  1. Provide the action/item for them. Think of things that are easy to act out and that they are familiar with.
  2. Review the ‘no talking’ rule before each turn.
  3. Model a bunch of actions/items first and let the students guess what you are acting out.
  4. Model appropriate guessing of the actions ie. no screaming, pushing people to tell your answer, etc.
  5. Errorless learning – show your students how to act out their action.

 

Pictionary

Pictionary is another great game that hits up all of these amazing skills. It targets:

  • rule following {remember – no talking allowed; you need to only draw}
  • cognitive skills {imagination, imagination, imagination}
  • vocabulary building {you can work on drawing all types of items}
  • social skills {turn taking, appropriate voice volume, keeping score}

Tips for playing charades with your students:

  1. Provide the item to draw. Differentiate for students who need easier items and students who can handle more challenging prompts.
  2. Review the ‘no talking’ rule before each turn.
  3. Model how to draw different items and prompts.
  4. Model appropriate guessing of the answer ie. calling out and no screaming.
  5. Keep it fun and seasonal! We love playing Halloween Themed Pictionary or Movie Themed Pictionary!