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Summer Games and Activities for Kindergarten

Last week I shared some summer center ideas and freebies. I’m back today to share some summer games for Kindergarten. These activities are different than summer centers because students use dice, spinners, and cubes to complete these activities. Students can work with a partner or complete the activities independently.

Looking for some summer games for Kindergarteners? These activities are sure to keep your students learning and engaged at the end of the year or during summer school. Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

Here’s the two freebies. I’ll put a download link at the bottom of this blog post.

“Summer Spin Off” Math Game Freebie

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These summer games for Kindergarten are meant to be played with a partner or small group. Each student will need a game board, small manipulatives {mini erasers work great}, and the spinner to share. 

These star erasers on Amazon are similar to the ones I used in the picture. Students can use a paperclip and pencil to make a spinner. Or you can use these pre-made plastic spinners from Amazon. I have them and LOVE them!   They take turns spinning the spinner. They identify the number that they spun, find the number represented on their board, and cover it.

There are two ways this activity can be played. You can have students play this game as “4-in-a-row” and the first player to cover 4 spaces in a row wins. Another idea for playing the game is the first player to cover all of the spaces on their board is the winner.

Quick tip: How do students decide who goes first in partner games? Before the game begins have each student spin the spinner or roll the dot cube; the player that spins or rolls the bigger number {or smaller number…you choose} goes first.

You can also have students play individually. Students simply spin the spinner and cover the corresponding number on their board.

Blends Bash Literacy Game Freebie

Students need a copy of the game board and a dot cube. Players take turns rolling the cube, counting the dots, and using the code at the top of their game board to cover the pictures. A player skips their turn if they roll a number and all of the corresponding pictures have been covered. The first player to cover all of the pictures is the winner. You can find the ice cream mini erasers on Amazon.

 

Summer Games for Kindergarten

I wanted to share some pictures of the “It’s All Fun & Games: Summer Edition” packet. The 35 literacy and math activities included are either no prep or minimal prep. The summer games are a perfect way to sneak in some learning.

You’ll find a wide variety of skills included, so there’s something for everyone! The packet includes a mix of no prep activities, independent activities, and partner games.

Because these activities use dice, spinners, and cubes students think they are games and love working on them. Most of the activities in this packet can be used as partner games for students to play learn with one another.

All activities include “I Can” visual directions. These activities are always well-received by students and keep them engaged, which makes these a great way to end the school year!

You’ll notice that the set-up and directions for all of the activities are very similar. This is intentional. With the It’s All Fun & Games series the activities stay the same, but the skills change. This way you do not have to constantly reexplain the directions. Students become accustomed to the directions and know how to complete the activity.

Addition and Subtraction:

Looking for some summer games for Kindergarteners? These activities are sure to keep your students learning and engaged at the end of the year or during summer school. Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

For this independent activity students spin the spinner and count the watermelon seeds. They record the number and complete the addition sentence.

Looking for some summer games for Kindergarteners? These activities are sure to keep your students learning and engaged at the end of the year or during summer school. Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

Teen Numbers:

This is another activity that students complete independently. Students need a paper clip and pencil to make a spinner. They spin both spinners to create a subtraction sentence and solve. There’s also an addition version included.

The next three pictures are examples of the types of activities that can be played individually or with a partner.

Looking for some summer games for Kindergarteners? These activities are sure to keep your students learning and engaged at the end of the year or during summer school. Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

Students working individually on this “Base Ten Color and Count” roll the cube and use the color code to color the matching cup.

If using this activity for a partner game, students take turns rolling the cube and coloring a cup on their paper. If students roll and all of the cups have been colored, they lose a turn. The first player to color all of the cups is the winner.

Looking for some summer games for Kindergarteners? These activities are sure to keep your students learning and engaged at the end of the year or during summer school. Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

To use this as an individual activity, students spin the spinner and read the number. They find a bubble with the corresponding number of dots. They color the bubble using the color from the spinner.

If using this activity for a partner game, students take turns spinning the spinner and coloring a corresponding bubble. If they spin a number and all of the bubbles have been colored, the player skips their turn. The first player to color all of the bubbles is the winner.

Looking for some summer games for Kindergarteners? These activities are sure to keep your students learning and engaged at the end of the year or during summer school. Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

For “Up, Up, and Away” students roll the cube and find the corresponding number on the cloud. They color the cloud using the color code. This activity can easily be turned into a partner game by providing each student with their own recording sheet and having them take turns recording their answers. A player would lose a turn if they roll a number and all of the clouds have already been colored.

Quick Tip: You could also slide any of these recording sheets in a page protector and have students mark their answers with plastic linking cubes or mini erasers.

CVC and CVCe Words:

Here’s a sample of some of the literacy activities. Included in this resource is a list of all ELA picture names. Just like the math activities, these can be completed individually, as shown. Or students can play these as a game with a partner and take turns spinning the spinner or rolling the cube.

Looking for some summer games for Kindergarteners? These activities are sure to keep your students learning and engaged at the end of the year or during summer school. Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

That magic e can be tricky, so here’s an activity to help! Students spin the spinner and say the name of the picture. They find the matching word on their paper and use the color code to color the popsicle.

Or turn this into a game by having students take turns spinning and coloring or covering the answer on their recording sheet. A player skips their turn if they spin a picture and all of the popsicles have been colored. First player to color all of the popsicles is the winner.

Digraphs and Blends:

Looking for some summer games for Kindergarteners? These activities are sure to keep your students learning and engaged at the end of the year or during summer school. Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

Beginning and ending digraph practice. Use this as individual practice or a partner activity.

Looking for some summer games for Kindergarteners? These activities are sure to keep your students learning and engaged at the end of the year or during summer school. Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

With “Spin a Blend” students spin the spinner and use the color code to color the pictures with the matching beginning blend. Or turn it into a partner game!

For any of the partner activities above, you can slide the recording sheet in a page protector and play as a “BUMP” game. Students will need their own set of manipulatives to cover their answers.

BUMP Directions: Students take turns rolling the cube or spinning the spinner and covering a corresponding answer with their manipulative. Students can either cover a new picture or BUMP their opponent off and place their game piece on top of the picture. If a player rolls/spins the same number/blend/picture/etc without being bumped off, they can stack their manipulative {think of a “king” in checkers} and can no longer be bumped off. When all of the spaces have been filled, the game is over. The player with the most spaces covered is the winner.

Write and Draw:

Looking for some summer games for Kindergarteners? These activities are sure to keep your students learning and engaged at the end of the year or during summer school. Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

For “Draw a Word” students spin the spinner and read the word family. They write a word from the word family on their paper and draw a picture to match.

Looking for some summer games for Kindergarteners? These activities are sure to keep your students learning and engaged at the end of the year or during summer school. Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

Students spin the spinner to determine which picture or “topic” they are going to write about. Students create and record a simple sentence and draw a picture to match. Perfect for a writing center!

You can check out all 35 of these summer games for Kindergarten in this Summer Activities and Partner Games for Kindergarten by clicking on the picture below.

Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

You can download your copy of the Summer Spin Off and Blends Bash freebie by clicking here.

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