Friday, April 6, 2018


ZAP, BOOM, WIGGLE WORMS, AND STARS? Believe it or not, these are all adaptions of a classroom game that your students will love (and learn from) when you've got a few extra minutes.

SKILLS:  letters; words; phrase cards; math facts; shapes, etc. 

MATERIALS small can with a smooth edge (such as one from chips,
frosting, etc.), large craft sticks, markers, wrapping paper

DIRECTIONS Cover the can with paper and write ZAP! on it as shown.

On the bottom of sticks print words or other skills. On several sticks write “ZAP!” Place all the sticks in the can with the words towards the bottom of the can. Have the children sit in a circle. One at a time, children hold the can and pull out a stick and identify the word on it. When a child chooses a stick with “Zap!” on it, they return all their
sticks to the can. Continue passing the can until there is one person left.
Hint! If children can’t identify the information on their stick, let them “phone a friend” for the answer.

More! For older students, add sticks that say, “You get two turns.” “Take a peek.” “Loose a turn.” “Skip.”

BOOM!  Write "Boom!" on several sticks and when children choose that stick they jump up and shout, "BOOM!

WIGGLE WORMS  Write "Wiggle Worms!" on several sticks.  Children stand and wiggle like a worm if they pull this stick.

STARS  Glue stars to several sticks.  If children choose this stick they get to keep it.
*You can also adapt this game for different holidays or units of study. For example, in October you could use skeleton stickers and the children could “shake their bones.” In January glue a snowman and they have to shiver.