Free Rainy Day Game August 10 2009
Here's a game you can create during the fall and play on rainy, stormy days.
The students will love to play the game on rainy/stormy days during recess & lunch.
We all know that rainy days are exhausting for teachers. The students are full of energy and ready to play during recess & lunch. Yet, at some schools the students are forced to stay inside. So much for having some peace and quiet in the classroom to get organized before the afternoon lessons.
I recommend creating this game before you need it, in the fall. That way, it will be all ready to go when you need it. That's why I'm posting this now. It's a great team building class project to make at the beginning of the year.
Create a Rainy Day Cabinet Full of Games & Activities
It's nice to have a cabinet full of indoor board games and activities all ready to go on these days. Explaining this to the students towards the beginning of the year, and showing the students where all the games/activities are is especially helpful if you have a substitute teacher on a rainy day.
Here are some games I'd highly recommend:
- Auntie Pasta's Fraction Game
- Alphabet Bingo
- Alpha-Bug Word Soup Game
- Beginning Math Roll & Learn Pocket Cubes
How to Make the Free Rainy Day Target Practice Game
Bean Bag Balloons
- Balloons in 4 or 5 Different Colors (1 per student, make 1 or 2 extra of each color, just in case. You will need at least 4 or 5 colors. These will be the team colors.)
- Several Bags of Beans
- Butcher Paper (Cut a piece about as big as a bulletin board would be.)
Bean Bag Balloons
- Blow up the balloon and stretch the opening.
- Put beans inside.
- Tie a knot to close the balloon.
- Decide on the point system on the target. Would you like to have the children learn to count by 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, etc. Choose the point system you want to use. The target should be the highest point possible.
- Draw the target on the butcher paper with the pencil.
- Using the pencil, make several lines around the target a few inches apart. Set a bean bag balloon on it and see if it fits between the lines.
- Using the pencil, write the numbers on the rings and the target.
- Now, choose the colors you want each ring and the target to be. Put a dot of the color you are choosing on the rings and the target. (To save time, the students will color in the rings and target with the colors you chose.)
- Color in the rings and target with crayons. (Paint or markers can smear when wet. When the game is used on a rainy day this can happen.)
- Use a black marker to write in the points (e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8, for rings & 10 for bull's eye).
- Explain the game rules to the students.
- Students are split into 4 or 5 groups.
- Each group is given the same color balloon bean bags (e.g. red, orange, yellow, green, blue).
- Each team throws the balloons on the target when it is their turn.
- Add up the scores.
- Record the scores on the white board. (Write each color balloon/team color and then make tally marks or write the numbers for points earned.)
- Be sure that each team is given the same number of chances.
- Add the total points.
- The team with the highest team points wins.