Educational Games for Students

Who said learning had to be boring?  Students tend to retain more information when they find that information fun and entertaining.  There are several different games that can be used to teach students educational material.  These games can be store bought or homemade. The following are a list of exciting games that can be adapted for the classroom and almost any subject area.


“Jeopardy” is a quiz game show that first hit the airwaves in 1964. It was features trivia questions on various subjects, and the contestants must answer the clues in the form of a question.  This hit show is now available for students in the form of “Classroom Jeopardy”.  “Classroom Jeopardy” is an interactive game that teachers can customize to use for their content area.Each individual teacher can design a game to fit their classes’ needs.

If one doesn’t have the money to purchase the interactive version of the game, a teacher can always design their own homemade version. All one needs is a large poster board, markers, index cards, and several sets of questions to use in the game. 

“Jeopardy” can be used to teach many different subjects like history, music, art, science, and literature.  A teacher can opt to purchase the interactive version or make their own.  Teachers can even allow the students to design their own version of this family favorite. Either way, it is a wonderful and fun way to test students’ knowledge.


“Monopoly” is a board game by Parker Brothers that has been around since the early 1900s.  “Monopoly” players must not only depend on luck, but also on their ability to spot a good deal and their negotiation skills. This board game can be used to teach students counting, budgeting, accounting, and negotiation skills. 

This is another game that teachers can adapt to fit their classroom.  Teachers can change the cards to make them more relevant to their subject area content.


“Bingo” first hit America around 1929, and it was originally a carnival game called “beano”.  “Bingo” is an extremely popular game that can be played by just about any one.  It can be used to teach any subject.  A teacher can purchase a bingo board and chips from a store or design their own using construction paper and markers. The teacher can then adapt “Bingo” to fit their individual classroom needs.

“Bingo” can be used to teach vocabulary.  All a teacher would need to do is replace the numbers on the board with vocabulary words. The teacher can then call out the definitions and let the students try to correctly find the words that match the definition on the bingo board.  This can be also being done in reverse with the definitions being placed on the board and the words being called the words.  This same adaptation can be used for geography, science words, and spelling.  A teacher can even adapt “Bingo” to help students learn math skills.

*Brain Quest

“Brain Quest” is a question and answer game that can be used at different ages and grade levels.  It can be played with only two people or it can be used by a teacher with a whole class.  The game is simply.  One person calls out the question while the other person or persons attempt to answer the question.

Teachers can use “Brain Quest” as a quick warm-up game or at the end of a class session.  The teacher can divide the class into groups or let them compete as individual students.  The person or team with the most correct answers can receive a bonus points or a reward like a free homework pass.


“Memory” is a card game where all the cards are placed face down on a table.  Two cards are turned over at a time.  The whole objective is to find as many matches as possible.  This is a great educational game for young students.  It can be used to teach them memory and concentration skills.

Games are a fun way to keep students motivated and excited about learning.  They can be bought or homemade, and they can be adapted to teach just about any subject.