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Interactive Instructional Games for a Large Group of Kids

by Tricia Goss

Teaching any group of children can be a challenge, but attempting to instruct a large group can be especially demanding. One way to make it easier is to make it fun for everyone involved. Building a repertoire of amusing yet educational games can help counselors, teachers, child care providers, and even parents edify and entertain the kids in their care.

Scavenger Hunt

You can break down large groups into teams of two or more and send them off on a search for items to help them learn about virtually any subject. Tailor a scavenger hunt list to fit the topic you want to teach and the age group of the children. For instance, young elementary school students might search for things found in pairs in nature for a math lesson. Alternatively, if you have enough computers for your group, you can host an online scavenger hunt to teach tech skills.

Around the World

This is another interactive game that works well with large groups of any age and for any subject. Have the group sit in a circle and instruct the first two children to stand. Ask a question related to the topic or display a flash card. The child that provides the correct answer first moves to stand next to the third child in the circle, while the other child sits back down. Keep going until one of the kids makes it all the way around the circle.

Human Knot

To use this interactive game that teaches teamwork, problem-solving and communication, you need an even number of participants. Instruct the kids to stand in a close circle, close their eyes and walk forward with their arms stretched in front of them. Each child should grab two other hands without looking. When everyone has joined hands, the children open their eyes and proceed to untangle the knot they have created without letting go.

Letter Linking

Gather a piece of paper for every child and write a large letter on each sheet of paper (you can use letters more than once and don't have to use the entire alphabet). Pin or tape a letter to the front of each child and divide them into two groups. Instruct the kids to spell words by standing in order and linking arms. When they have created a word, the children should walk to a designated judge who will give them predetermined points based on the length of the word.

About the Author

Tricia Goss' credits include Fitness Plus, Good News Tucson and Layover Magazine. She is certified in Microsoft application and served as the newsletter editor for OfficeUsers.org. She has also contributed to The Dollar Stretcher, Life Tips and Childcare Magazine.

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