Kid Game Ideas

 Simple and Fun Pencil & Paper Games

Adapted from:  ImaginationSoup

Pencil and paper are two simple tools always close at hand which can provide tons of fun for classroom activities, long car rides, or even rainy days.  Check out some novelty and new kid game ideas – all possible with a little pencil and paper!

Two or more players. One player thinks of a word and writes a line for each letter, then draws a gallows. Not a bad idea to give some adult help on this step.  The other players try to guess the letters in the word.  Each incorrect letter means the first player draws a body part on the gallows.  The object is to guess the word before you get “hung” – which is a full body picture on the gallows.

And, if you play with a six-year old, you get the most interesting spelling . . . as you can see from the above “perfect”-ly phonetic spelling!

Two players. You know how to do this, right?

Dots and Boxes (printable)
Draw rows of dots.  Take turns drawing a line between two dots.  The object is to make a box with your lines and the most boxes wins.  Players write their initials in the boxes they draw.

Morse Code Writing
Print out the code and have your kids make secret messages in Morse Code.

Pencil rubbings
Put coins, keys, or a comb under the paper and rub with the side of the pencil – you might need some wet wipes handy.

Story Add-On
Get a piece of paper. The first person writes down a beginning to a story – it can be one sentence – then folds the paper to cover what he wrote. The second person continues the story without looking and adds a detail or action. That person folds the paper over her part. And so forth, until someone ends the story. Open, read, and laugh!

Monster Add-On
Fold a plain piece of paper into four horizontal sections. The first person draws the monster head, folds over the paper so it is covered. The second perons draws the neck, shoulders, and arms then folds over. The third person draws the body then folds it over. The fourth person finishes with the legs and feet. Open and check out your masterpiece!

More pencil and paper links . . .

Paper and Pencil

EHow Games

Guggenheim game


Melissa Taylor is a freelance writer and blogger, an award winning educational blogger at ImaginationSoup.net, an award winning teacher with a M.A. in Education, the Book Editor-at-Large for Colorado Parent Magazine and a parent of two children, ages 6 and 9.

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