4th Grade Learning Games: Educational Game Ideas for Fourth Graders

Most students learn best if they are engaged in fun, hands-on games and activities. Keep reading for examples of educational games that you can create for your 4th grader with everyday household items.

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Interactive Games

Hands-on games will keep your child's interest and are beneficial for all learning types. If your 4th grader is struggling with a particular subject, turn review into a game to help him or her study that subject in a relaxed way. Educational games are easy to devise. All it takes is a little imagination and a few household items, such as a pack of cards, vinegar or coins. Continue reading for some game ideas to engage your child.

Grab Bag Multiplication

This game will help your 4th grader with his multiplication skills. Put a deck of cards (without the jokers) in a brown paper bag. The face cards can stand for numbers:

  • Aces = 11
  • Jacks = 12
  • Queens = 13
  • Kings = 14

During each turn, the player will grab two cards out of the bag and multiply the numbers together. Decide whether it is okay to use a pencil and paper or if each player has to solve the problem mentally. The person with the highest answer wins that round. If a player gets the answer wrong, he gets zero points for that round. Continue playing until all the cards have been picked and the bag is empty. The winner of the game is the player who has earned the highest number of points.

Noun Game

In 4th grade, your child should know what a noun is. Test her ability to find nouns by playing this game. Have each player read the same article from a newspaper and write down all the nouns found. When each person is finished, have the players compare notes. Whoever found the most nouns in that article wins the game. You can also play this game with adjectives.

Penny Cleaning Contest

In this game players will guess which household product best cleans the tarnish off of pennies. You will need:

  • Eight pennies
  • Lemon juice
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Ammonia

Place about a 1/2 cup of each solution into each cup. Next, put two pennies into the cups. Have each person guess which solution will clean the penny the best. Wait about ten minutes and remove the pennies from the cups. Place a paper towel next to each cup and dry the pennies off. Compare the pennies to see which solution did the best job of removing all the tarnish. Whoever guessed the correct solution is the winner.

The strongest acid should have removed the tarnish the best. In this case, the strongest acid is the lemon juice. You can also find more products, such as orange juice, shampoo or soap and water, to see if any other products remove tarnish as well as lemon juice, and create a game out of that.

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