Active learning classroom resources

Active games and tasks focusing on thinking skills can be found in this collection of hand-picked teaching resources for early years, primary and secondary classrooms.

  • EYFS - Colourful printables of familiar things for little hands to play pairs, dominoes and lotto games
  • Key stage 1 / 2 - Quizzes, laminated fun activities and games for the interactive whiteboard
  • Key stage 3 / 4 / 5 - Fun whole class activities and quizzes for exercising the brain and developing creative and critical thinking skills

 

 

EYFS - Colourful printables of familiar things for little hands to play pairs, dominoes and lotto games.

Fruit – a pairs matching game

  • Here are 27 colourful fruit cards to print and laminate to give you a matching game. You will need to print two copies.

Dinosaurs – a pairs matching game

  • The pairs cards will give you 18 dinosaur cards. Print 2 or more copies, laminate and you have pairs matching cards that can be used in numerous ways. Enjoy!

Coin dominoes

  • Printable dominoes with coin pictures - print 2 pages for a decent game.

Animal dominoes and lotto

  • Pictures of well-known animals for printing and laminating for little hands to play dominoes, pairs and lotto.

Three Little Pigs dominoes

  • A game of dominoes to link in to the story of the 3 Little pigs.

Minibeasts top trump cards

  • A simple set of minibeast top trump cards for budding young entemologists!

Hungry Caterpillar games

  • Four games involving sorting, matching, counting of fruit while trying to feed a group of hungry caterpillars.

 

Key stage 1 / 2 - Quizzes, laminated fun activities and games for the interactive whiteboard

Garden friends maths games

  • A resource consisting of a range of bugs, flowers and leaves. For a range of games relating to colour matching, ordinal number, matching quantity to numeral and simple addition.

Treasure Hunt board game

  • A board game with a Pirate theme. Players move around the desert island collecting and losing gold coins along the way. Full instructions included.

The Rainbow Fish maths boardgame

  • Maths Game pdf with simple instructions. Children move around the board following simple maths instructions to add or subtract scales from their fish boards. Game board should be printed out A3 or ‘blown up’ to that size. Fish boards are A4. Full instructions included.

Classic tales Connect Four

  • Two games designed for groups to recall and share knowledge of Three Bears, Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs and the Gingerbread Man.

Body parts bingo game

  • Print out and laminate for bingo fun! Great for languages learning too.

Colours noughts and crosses

  • Designed to use on an interactive whiteboard and perfect for languages learning.

Maths games for the interactive whiteboard

  • A Powerpoint with five maths games on. They cover -Place Value, addition of single digit numbers, tables, addition and subtraction of single digit, and missing number problems (this on can generate quite testing ones needing a calculator).

Equivalent squares

  • This is a simple domino-like game, designed to teach equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages.

Mean and mode bingo

  • This is a fun and interactive way to help children find the mean/mode of sets of data.

 

Key stage 3 / 4 / 5 - Fun whole class activities and quizzes for exercising the brain and developing creative and critical thinking skills

End of term team quiz

  • This is a fun quiz covering lots of general knowledge topics including Flags, Countries, PE, Food, Science and Music.

Dingbat puzzles

  • Pupils love these and a great way to promote lateral thinking. Each square contains a word or phrase with visual clues as to what it is. The number of letters in each word of the phrase is contained underneath. In a similar way to ‘Catchphrase’ - “Say what you see” One stipulation, you must use the phrase: “it’s a good answer but not right!”

Lateral thinking games

  • Thinking skills activities in a Powerpoint.

Scattgories games

  • A brill game to start the lesson. Pick a letter and pupils must think of one idea per catergory. For points -pupils only get the points if they think of something that nobody else thought of.

Picture starter- Say what you see

  • This is a powerpoint of visual images to use as a starter to engage students. I have used it successfully with KS3 and KS4 as a competitive hands up no shouting out starter.

Challenge Toolkit

  • The Challenge Toolkit provides 50 different activities to stretch and extend students’ thinking. The Challenge Toolkit will help you push all students to think more critically and creatively whatever they are studying.

The Philosophiser

  • The Philosophiser has 168 philosophical questions covering all areas of the subject. Students select questions at random by clicking a button on the second slide. The Philosophiser promises hours of critical thinking around the biggest questions!

The Ethicist

  • The Ethicist has 168 ethical questions covering all areas of the subject. Students select questions at random by clicking a button on the second slide. The Ethicist promises hours of ethical thinking around the biggest questions concerning morality!

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