Whiteboard games are a great way for kids to engage and enjoy learning. They are perfect for reinforcing concepts, fostering teamwork, and sparking creativity. And the best part? They’re loads of fun!
These versatile ideas are perfect:
- For diverse age groups
- For both large and small groups
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Educational Whiteboard Games
Elevate learning at home or in the classroom.
Pro Tip: Further boost active engagement by having students use individual whiteboards at their seats.
1. Alphabet Soup
- Write a mix of alphabet letters on the whiteboard in a random order to make the “soup”.
- Determine a time limit for each round.
- Students take turns coming up to the board and creating a word using the letters displayed.
- Points are given for each correctly spelled word.
Game variation: Students must create words related to a specific theme or category.
2. Letter Match
*Great for young learners
- Write uppercase letters on one half of the whiteboard and lowercase letters on the other half.
- Students take turns matching the uppercase and lowercase letters together.
Game Variation: Have students take turns writing the uppercase or lowercase letter to match the letter written.
3. Scrambled Words
Rev up the excitement in your class by creating a word challenge!
- Jumble up words your class has been studying on the board.
- Award points to the team that unravels the word puzzle first.
4. Word Wheel Puzzle
- On the whiteboard, create a circle divided into 8 equal sections. Place a letter in each section, with an additional letter in the center.
- Clarify that each word must include the center letter, and letters can be used more than once if needed.
- Determine a time limit for each round.
- Players, either individually or in teams, use the letters on the Word Wheel to form as many words as possible. Encourage creativity and accept both common and unique words.
- Assign points for each word created.
5. Math Race Whiteboard Games
- Divide students into teams.
- Write a math problem on the whiteboard and have the first student from each team race to solve it.
- The first student to solve the problem correctly wins a point for their team.
Game variation: For multi-step math problems, have students take turns completing each step of the problem. Encourage collaboration among team members to solve the problem together.
6. Spelling Bee
- Call out words and have students take turns spelling them on their whiteboards.
- Any student who misspells a word is out for that round. Continue until only one speller remains.
Game Variation: Divide the class into partners and each partner team spells the words together.
7. Science Pictionary
Reinforce scientific vocabulary and promote teamwork.
- Divide the class into teams or pairs.
- Write scientific terms on slips of paper and put them in a hat.
- Have students take turns drawing a slip of paper and drawing a picture of the word on the whiteboard.
- The remaining team members try to guess the scientific term based on the drawing.
8. Rhyme Time
*Great for young learners
- Write a word on the whiteboard.
- Students create as many rhyming words as they can on their whiteboards.
9. Tic Tac Toe Spelling
Put a twist on this classic game for 2 players.
- Have one student draw a tic tac toe board on their whiteboard.
- Both students will pick one word from their spelling list. Those two words will be the “X” and “O”.
- Students practice spelling while playing the game of tic tac toe.
Game Variation: Use any other content vocabulary words your students are studying.
10. Last Letter First
- Divide the class into groups of 4 or 5 students.
- Assign a category your students have been studying.
- The first student writes a word from the given category.
- The next student must write a word that starts with the last letter of the previous word.
- Play continues until no more words can be written or the time is up.
Example: The category is food: apple, egg, green bean, Nutella, apricot, tomato, etc…
11. Boggle White Board Games
- On the whiteboard draw a 4 by 4 grid and put 1 letter in each box.
- Students (individually or in teams) search for and write down as many words as they can find by connecting adjacent letters horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
- Awards point for each correctly spelled word.
12. Spelling Race
- Split the group into teams of 4-6 players.
- Have players line up at the whiteboard.
- Assign a spelling word to the class and have each student write down one letter of the word and pass the marker to the next player on their team.
- The first team to spell the word correctly the fastest wins!
13. Hot Seat
- Divide the class into two teams.
- Each team sits together facing the whiteboard. Take an empty chair for each team and put it at the front of the class facing the team members. These chairs are the “hot seats.”
- Choose one volunteer from each team to sit in the “hot seat” and face their team with their back to the whiteboard.
- Choose a word to write on the board. Each team takes turns trying to get their teammate to guess the word using synonyms, antonyms, definitions, etc..
- The team to guess the word first gets a point!
Creative Whiteboard Games
Use these whiteboard games to encourage creativity and imagination in kids.
14. Turn Vocabulary Words Into Pictures
- Write a word on the whiteboard.
- Students transform the word into a visual representation through drawings.
- Encourage students to explain their drawings to promote discussion and understanding.
This method allows creative expression, word recognition, and challenges the drawer to use their imagination.
15. Pictionary Games for Whiteboards
Divide into teams and draw as your team races to guess the word first! The game of Pictionary promotes team building, encouragement, and collaboration.
16. Whiteboard Story
*This works well with partners or a small group
- Write the opening sentence or phrase of a story on the whiteboard. For example, “Once upon a time in a magical forest…”
- Invite the first student to add a sentence or drawing based on the initial prompt.
- Each subsequent student takes turns adding to the story, either through sentences or illustrations. Emphasize creativity and encourage unexpected twists.
- Set a time limit for each turn.
- Read aloud and illustrate the final story.
Pro Tip: Encourage students to connect their sentences to the previous elements of the story for a cohesive narrative.
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17. Puzzle Pieces (Whiteboard Games)
- Start by drawing a complete picture of an object, scene, or character on the whiteboard.
- Erase the picture into distinct pieces, leaving enough clues for the players.
- Players take turns drawing the missing pieces of the picture, one piece at a time.
Game Variation: Foster collaboration! Divide the class into teams to work together to complete the puzzle.
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18. Practice Drawing
Hesitant artists will feel more confident with the freedom of using a whiteboard:
- Experiment with lines, shapes, and basic patterns
- Choose simple objects to replicate on the whiteboard
- Sketch elements from nature such as leaves and flowers
- Make a favorite character sketch
- Practice letter formation
- Complete a directed drawing
19. Web Whiteboard: Whiteboard Games Online
Engage kids in drawing, homework help, and games with this free online whiteboard for kids.
More Interactive Whiteboard Games
Whiteboards are a great tool for interactive learning games.
Pro Tip: Set clear expectations for whiteboard and expo marker use before playing.
20. Team Trivia
- The first player writes a word on the whiteboard.
- The next player writes a word horizontally using a letter from the first word to start or end their word.
- Play continues until no more words can be written.
- Each letter in the word is one point.
Game variation: Set a category for the words.
- Give each player on a team a different colored marker. The object of the game is to draw the most shapes on the whiteboard.
- The first player draws a shape that has corners and sides: triangle, quadrilateral, square, rectangle, rhombus, parallelogram, trapezoid, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon
- The next player draws a shape using only one corner or side of a previously drawn shape.
- Players may not draw a line inside one shape to create a new one.
- When no more shapes can be drawn, the winning team is the one with the most shapes.
23. Stop The Bus
- Start by dividing the group into small teams or pairs, each equipped with a whiteboard marker.
- Create columns on the whiteboard with category names at the top.
- Set a time limit. The “bus driver” writes a letter and shouts “Go!”
- Teams list as many words as possible for each category that starts with that letter.
- The first team to complete their list of requirements shouts “Stop the bus!”
24. Dot Grid Whiteboard Game
This game can be played in small groups or pairs.
- Start by creating a grid using only dots.
- Players take turns connecting the dots by drawing one line to form a box.
- Once a box is formed, the player puts his/her initials in that box.
- The winner will be the person with the most boxes claimed on the grid.
Pro Tip: If making the dot grid is too much, you can use dot grid paper and put it into dry-erase pockets instead. Kids can still use their dry erase markers. And these pockets erase easily.
25. Put The Dot In The Center
This game is similar to “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”.
- Draw a large circle on the whiteboard with a star in the center.
- When it is a player’s turn, he/she is blindfolded and faced toward the board.
- The goal is to hit the center of the start with their marker dot.
- The winner is the player closest to the center of the star.
26. Magnetic Whiteboard Games
These magnetic whiteboard activities are perfect for individual or group games.
- Word spelling with magnetic letters
- Magnetic color sorting set for preschool
- Magnetic spinners for whiteboard games
- Magnetic Tangram Puzzle Set
- Connect 4 Magnet Game
27. Melting Snowman
Kids love this positive alternative to the game of Hangman.
- Draw a simple snowman on the whiteboard.
- Choose a word relevant to a lesson or theme.
- Display blank spaces on the whiteboard to represent each letter of the chosen word.
- Students guess one letter at a time. As they guess correctly, fill in the corresponding blank spaces with the letters.
- If they guess a letter that is not in the word, erase part of the snowman.
- Guess the entire word before the snowman melts!
Game Variation: Melting ice cream sundae can be played in warmer months!
Active Whiteboard Games
Encourage physical activity with these whiteboard games.
28. Fitness Fun Whiteboard Games
Fitness Fun challenges kids with physical activities.
- Divide the whiteboard into sections and write different exercises in each section. For example, one section could say “10 jumping jacks” and another could say “5 push-ups”.
- Kids take turns throwing a soft ball at the whiteboard.
- Whichever exercise the ball lands on, the child has to do.
29. Sporting Squares
Sporting Squares is a game that combines elements of tic-tac-toe and basketball.
- Draw a tic-tac-toe board on the whiteboard and assign a basketball hoop to each square.
- Divide the kids into two teams and have them take turns shooting a soft ball at the whiteboard.
- If the ball lands in a square, the team gets to place their mark in that square. The first team to get three in a row wins.
30. Dance Doodles
Dance Doodles is a whiteboard game that encourages expression through movement.
- Kids take turns drawing a shape or object on the whiteboard.
- Another child comes up with a dance move that represents that shape or object. For example, if someone draws a star, the dance move could be to jump up and spread their arms and legs out like a star.
- Kids take turns drawing and dancing.
Benefits of Whiteboard Games for Kids
Whiteboard games are not only entertaining, but they also have advantages.
1. Enhance Learning
Whiteboard games provide a dynamic platform for interactive learning and play. This helps kids reinforce concepts in a fun and engaging way.
2. Improve Creativity
Whiteboard games foster creativity and imaginative thinking. This enhances their ability to think outside the box.
3. Develop Social Skills
They promote social skills like teamwork, communication, and problem-solving.
4. Boost Confidence
Whiteboard games help to build kids’ self-esteem and confidence. Plus, it’s easier to erase and fix mistakes!
5. Provide a Break from Technology
In today’s digital age, these games provide a break from screens, while offering a hands-on, tactile experience. This reduces screen time and promotes physical activity.
6. Versatile and Flexible
Each whiteboard game can be adapted to suit different age groups and skill levels.
Parents and teachers have a variety of options for these 30 whiteboard games for kids.
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