Let’s talk about making learning fun!
Learning does not always have to be serious – practicing writing drills or doing worksheets. Learning can (and should) be fun and engaging! I get the best engagement, social interaction, joint attention, and laughs out of my students when I bring in learning games and tools during centers time. Keep reading to see some of what I use to make learning fun in my classroom!
Language Arts Fun
Social & Life Skills Fun
What a silly game! Students take turns removing snacks from Granny’s tray while she is sleeping. They must be careful, though, because Granny can wake up at any moment. When she wakes up, her teeth come flying out of her mouth. I love Greedy Granny because it promotes laughter, turn taking, and tolerating losing. Mostly, my students spend their time laughing while playing this game and it makes the classroom so happy.
Students take turn fishing sea creatures from the shark’s tummy. Be careful, because the shark could bite at any moment! Shark Bite is a fun game that teaches students how to take turns and how to tolerate losing. My students and I always have a lot of laughs (and sometimes tears) when playing this game. This one is definitely a classroom favorite!
I love incorporating sensory play when making learning fun in my classroom. Kinetic Sand is the perfect sensory tool to use! Students can search for items in the sand, build ice cream cones, or just watch the sand slip through their fingers. I get amazing joint-attention and engagement when I pull this out! It’s great for practicing waiting, turn taking, and all done skills as well.