HANUKKAH MEMORY – a matching game

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Did you play matching games when you were a child? I remember playing with a deck of 52 playing cards. My brother and I would spread them out on the living room floor and play over and over again. With my own children, we’ve done the same thing. However, instead of playing cards we’ve played animal memory, addition and subtraction memory, Spanish vocabulary memory, and even one I made up called the SAME SAME GAME. 

I introduce to you another memory game we created called Hanukkah Memory! The game includes 16 different images, all relating to Hanukkah! I find this version to be a wonderful way for students to learn and even teach each other about the customs and symbols of Hanukkah!

Click on any of the pictures for access to the game!

All you need to do is print out the images. Either you or the students cut them out. I like to back them with a festive colored piece of card stock or construction paper prior to cutting. I also recommend laminating the cards for long time use.

Click HANUKKAH MEMORY for access to the game!


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SNOWMAN DOWN! / ELF SWITCH – 2 holiday games with similar setup

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For this week’s GAME OF THE WEEK I’ve included two holiday games that have a very similar setup. Each year I play them back to back because they allow for a seamless transition.

SNOWMAN DOWN!

My students love this game!

I’ve played this with a class of 20 students and with larger groups of about 40.

For my class of 20 students, I spread out 15 hula hoops around the gym with a bowling pin in each one (snowman). There’s one student per snowman. Each of these students protects their own snowman and attempts to knock over anyone else’s with a 6″ gator skin ball. The remaining five students are in a line along the side of the gym working on the steppers (steppers are not necessary, just added movement). At the same time, they are on the lookout for a “Snowman Down.” When a snowman falls, everybody yells “SNOWMAN DOWN,” and the first student in the stepper line replaces the student with the fallen snowman. That student heads to the back of the stepper line.

This is a fast-paced game I highly recommend.

Thank you physedgames.com for inspiring this game with your game called Pin Down.

ELF SWITCH

This is a great game to play around the holidays.  For a class of 20, I evenly space 15 hoops around the gym floor.  One student stands inside each hoop (Elf power station). They are the elves. The other five students, who are not standing in the hoops are the trolls. The goal of the game is for the trolls to become and remain elves. Elves can only be in a hoop for up to five seconds at a time.  They must make eye contact with another elf and quickly switch hoops. The trolls try to jump into a vacated hoop to become an elf. With my older classes, I like to play this game without talking.  They have to solely rely on nonverbal communication.


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HOLIDAY BUNDLE – 3 Pack of challenges for kids to do throughout the HOLIDAY SEASON!

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Holiday Bundle 3-Pack includes three cool activities for school and home.
  • FiT WiTH LiT BINGO – Students alternate between reading and exercise challenges throughout the holiday season. FiT WiTH LiT includes the challenge,  a blank template to create your BINGO card and a participation certificate.

  • 30 Random Acts of Family, Fitness, and Fun – Based on RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS, this challenge offers acts of kindness, fitness challenges, and fun activities for kids to perform throughout the season. It includes a participation certificate for anyone who takes the challenge.

  • PLAY IT UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS – Encouraging kids to get off the screen, this challenge offers over 30 ways for kids to play both indoors and outdoors over the holiday. Play it Up also includes a blank template to create your own PLAY IT UP game and a participation certificate.


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