Don't want to put a lot of money into a Makerspace for your Library or Classroom? Why not build a gaming tote?
In the picture at the very top you can see the games I got for my Daring School Library Media Center and the kiddos love it! This set would cost about $80 bucks without the tote. The whole list is below, but featured is Spot It, hipster in my avatar hand at left, and Basic English for my ESOL (English as a Second Language) kiddos.
But you can also adapt the rules, and say that the kids can grab both cards, and THEN say the matching pictures or point to them. OR you can go over each of the pictures before the game and agree on what the pictures are called. Some of my kiddos didn't know what a few of the things are - great teachable moment on vocabulary!
I had an old tote that I covered with pretty pattered duct tape & a
laminated sign. I keep the tote behind the circ desk and kids can come up and request it, play the games, and then return it. During busy recess days, I just put the whole game tote on a round library media table and kiddos help themselves. But I DO make sure they clean up after themselves, good manners expected ALWAYS! Be warned though, the Spot-It game can get a bit rowdy and LOUD. But it's a GOOD loud! It's a loud that makes me happy!
Spot it! Hip Card Game
Spot It! Basic English
Happy Salmon Game
Fluxx (Special Edition)
Small Utility Shower Caddy Tote - Blue
The kids have also asked for a regular deck of cards, but I kinda worried about poker and said no Texas Hold'em....I also have had requests for UNO. I'll try and get those over the summer or first thing next year!Your turn!
What kind of games do you have in your school library or classroom? What should I get next? I kinda worry about board games that I foresee cleaning up after and the headache of missing or stray pieces. Is that a problem for you?