-Tutors: One person can be the math tutor, testing the others on their multiplication tables or division facts. Or, tutors can take turns teaching each other new vocabulary words.
-I Spy: This classic game can be made educational by challenging players to find items that start with specific letters or that belong to certain categories (e.g., things that are blue).
-20 Questions: This guessing game can be played with any subject matter. For example, players can take turns asking and answering questions about a famous historical figure or a science topic.
-Simon Says: This well-known game is a great way to practice following instructions and paying attention to detail. It can also be modified to focus on other skills, such as memory or motor skills.
-Games in the park can include:
Nature Scavenger Hunt: This is a great game for kids of all ages. Make a list of items to find, such as shells, rocks, flowers, leaves, etc. Then head out on a nature hike to see who can find the most items on the list.
-Beachcombing Bingo: Another great game for kids, this one can be played with items found at the beach. Create a bingo card with images or words of things that can be found at the beach, such as shells, sand dollars, crabs, etc. As you find each item, mark it off on your card. The first person to get bingo wins!
-Bird Watching: This is a great game for groups or families. Head to your local park or nature preserve with binoculars and bird identification books in tow. See how many different kinds of birds you can spot and identify. Don't forget to take some pictures!
By incorporating a few simple games into your next trip to the beach or park, you can turn it into a learning opportunity for everyone involved.