5 Old School Games and Activities to Share with Your Children

What games did you enjoy playing at school?

I’ve been having a trip down memory lane today and have been thinking about the activities or games I used to enjoy as a kid. The older ones tend to require little in the way of resources, they’re free of screens and can help support children’s learning while they have a little fun – perfect!

Fortune tellers

I remember making these a lot when I was younger. No doubt writing silly and inappropriate things inside them (who me? never!). However, they can be used in a variety of ways to support children’s learning, think about times tables, addition, subtraction, phonics, word types and more. The actual creation of a fortune teller also covers fractions and geometry as well as strengthening fine motor skills.

Making a fortune teller is a great maths activity for children


Remember this one? Where you write a little bit, then fold it over, swap papers, then write a bit more, then after a few times of doing this you’ve created something hilarious. A great way to build a story or sentence together, just agree what the various stages should be and off you go! Children love anything a bit silly, so this one will have them writing away in no time.


You still see hopscotch grids in children’s playgrounds and I can never resist hopping along the grid when I see one! As well as supporting number, hopscotch is great for balance, hand-eye coordination and muscle strength, plus it also encourages turn taking. But perhaps you could think about different ways of using a hopscotch grid to support your child’s learning? You could practise odd and even numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, or perhaps you could fill the grid with words or sounds instead.


A great, interactive word game for increasing vocabulary and supporting spelling and phonics. There are online versions available, but I think it’s great to play it the old fashioned way. Take it in turns being the word generator too. I used to play hangman in my classroom when I was a teacher, the children really enjoyed it. I would draw a house instead of the usual hangman image though, as long as you give them an appropriate number of tries you can draw anything you like really.

Word games can help children practise spelling
Play word games to support spelling.

Eye Spy

Who doesn’t love a game of eye spy? Probably most popular when on a long car journey to minimise the ‘are we there yet?’ type questions that drive you insane! But why not bring it indoors or play it out in the garden? It would be a good phonics activity for younger children, as you could focus on the sound rather than the name of the letter.

So have a think about the games that you loved when you were younger, I bet your children would love learning them and playing them with you.

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