Check out this huge collection of homemade games for kids. Games are a great option for activities for preschoolers at home or school! And these games, in particular, have lots of fun learning opportunities that cover math, literacy, logic, fine motor skills, and more.
I’m a big believer in fun learning activities for kids. This ensures that the children are engaged and interested.
And that engagement and interest helps the learning stick more in the children’s brains.
Plus, and this cannot be overstated, learning SHOULD be fun! And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with including games and activities that are fun in your day.
Homemade Games for Kids
These DIY games are perfect for preschool and elementary classrooms, but they’d be great at home too.
Since there are so many amazing game ideas below, I broke them up into two categories so they’re a little easier to navigate.
The first group is filled with printable games, while the second group has non-printable games to try.
Printable Homemade Games for Kids
Here are some great DIY games that you can make with free printables.
Click on each of the highlighted words to read more about each of the games (and grab each coordinating printable).
The first few game ideas are from Fun-A-Day. I’ve enjoyed playing them with a variety of preschool students, as well as my son.
More Printable DIY Games
I couldn’t just stop at my own games, though.
Here are more printable homemade games for kids from around the web.
How to Make a Cootie Catcher | The Natural Homeschool
Safari Animals Seek and Find | The Purposeful Nest
Letter Sudoku | Our Family Code
Printable LEGO Challenge Game | Artsy Fartsy Mama
DIY Rainbow Game | Mosswood Connections
Roll to Write Game | Walking by the Way
Mystery Grid Art Challenge | Pink Stripey Socks
Hop the Alphabet Board Game | Mama Smiles
Number Dash Fast Math Game | Gluesticks
Missing Letter Game | Learn with Play at Home
Catch a Bug Free Printable Game | Picklebums
Blueberries for Sal Counting Game | Spark and Pook
Indoor Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids
Sight Word Game | Brain Power Boy
Cars and Trucks Bingo Game | Brain Power Boy
Watermelon Tic-Tac-Toe | Teach Me Mommy
Homemade Games for Kids at Home or School
Below you’ll find even more homemade games for kids. These are games you and the children can make with a variety of materials.
Click on the highlighted text to read more about each of the games.
The first six links are DIY games I’ve played with preschool students (and my son) over the years.
Rhyming Games for Preschoolers
Christmas Math Game with Bells
Creative Homemade Games for Kids
I found even more fun homemade games for kids around the web. Be sure to check them out too!
Easy Sudoku Puzzle | School Time Snippets
Homemade Giant Tangrams | JDaniel4’s Mom
Checkerboard Algorithm | JDaniel4’s Mom
Letter Recognition Drive and Park | Days with Grey
Kindergarten Shape Build-Up | Days with Grey
Minecraft Lego Grid Game | Stir the Wonder
Construction Sorting Game | Stir the Wonder
Roll a Koala Math Game | The STEM Mum
Muffin Tin Reading Games | Growing Book by Book
Superhero Coding Game | Little Bins for Little Hands
LEGO Math Ten Frame Games | LalyMom
Teach Coding with a Deck of Cards | Teach Your Kid to Code
Math Fact Dominoes | Playdough to Plato
Sand and Seashells Writing Game | The Educators’ Spin On It
LEGO Memory Game for Kids | The Educators’ Spin On It
Tic-Tac-Toe Nature Craft | Growing Family
Mystery Sensory Balloons | Edventures with Kids
Oh Snap! Sight Word Game| School Time Snippets
Post It Name Game | School Time Snippets
DIY Math Games with Cardboard Tubes | Artsy Momma
Finding North Hiking Game | Go Science Kids
Origami Paper Cup and Ball Game | Red Ted Art
Popsicle Stick Color Matching Game | Darcy and Brian
I hope all of these homemade games for kids have inspired you! Which of the DIY games will you be trying with the kids first?
If you have any more homemade game ideas, feel free to leave me a comment below and tell me about it.
Materials to Make Your Own Games
Now that we’ve talked games, let’s jump into materials.
Many of the homemade games for kids shared here can be made with just a few items. You might have some of those items on-hand already!
Here are a few ideas to get you set up for making your own games for the kids (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
Preschool Teacher 101 has a ton of fully developed early learning resources. If you’re a preschool teacher, be sure to check out our membership options. Click on the images below for more information about each resource.
Wonderful round-up this week – as always, thanks for hosting!
Oh, my..I have tons of ideas now, thanks for sharing this 🙂
Mary Catherine says
You’re welcome, Renae! Thanks for taking the time to link up. 🙂
Hey I feel like, creative things done at home can help kids learn better. Now new ideas has started rolling in my mind.
Such a fantastic resource as we head into summer!
Mary Catherine says
That was my hope – lots of great ideas to keep the kids engaged and having fun!