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This is a great way to get the kids motivated for review!

This new addition is sure to get rave results!  I can’t wait to show the kiddos tomorrow.  It took about 2 hours to complete it, and it actually wraps around 3 of the 4 walls of my classroom.

It’s easy-peasy to create!  Get a package of neon 8 1/2 x 11-inch cardstock.  Print out (using a whimsical font) several different challenges for the spaces (roll again, go back 3 spaces, switch with any player, etc.).  I also included “You Get a Ticket!” a couple of times, because we use the ticket system.  Cut the printed out challenges down and glue them each to a piece of neon cardstock.  You don’t want TOO many, though!  I think I only had 10 or 12 in my total game.  Once you have them glued on their paper, lay your game out on the floor the way you’d like it flow.  Watch where you put your challenges, because you don’t want someone getting caught in a loop (go ahead 3 spaces, then go back 3 spaces, then go ahead 3 spaces, then go back 3 spaces – ack!).  The poor kid will run himself ragged!  🙂

Once you have all the spaces laid out where you want them, use clear contact sheets to stick them down and act like page protectors from all those vigorus feet.

I’m not sure how this would work on carpet.  I have tile flooring in my room.  If you don’t want to stick the spaces to your floor indefinitely, you can just lay down the spaces each time you want to play the game.

To play, ask your kids to line up (you can roll to see who goes first).  Oh yeah!  Don’t forget to get a big die!  An inflatable one would be fun…  Ask the first player a review question (you could use test questions, vocabulary, multiplication facts, and the list goes on).  If she gets it right, she gets to roll the die and follow the instructions (if there are any) on the space.  The first one to get to the finish space wins.

You can always add fun things for the kids to do on those blank spaces, but I didn’t because I really wanted to focus on the review-factor of the game.  Plus, the kidss can always cut up during ZAP!

*Update:  We discovered this works better for a smaller class size.  I’ve only got 4 kids in my math class, so it was perfect for reviewing multiplication facts!  On the flip-side, we tried it in my science class (which has 10 students), and we found that there was too much waiting in between each round of turns.  The larger class sizes seem to benefit from team games, like ZAP!

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