# 7th Grade Games and Activities

Playing educational games and activities will likely engage your 7th grader more than worksheets. Your child probably played a lot of educational games in elementary school, but teenagers and preteens will still enjoy hands-on games and activities even though they are in middle school. The examples below are fun games that you and your 7th grader can play together.

## Playing Educational Games Together

Educational games and activities can be a fun way to practice skills that your 7th grader is learning in school. Creating games that allow him or her to learn and have fun at the same time requires a little time and creativity, but you'll likely find that the benefits are worth the effort. Playing educational games and activities also allows you to spend quality time with your busy preteen.

### Nope

This is a fun game that will help your 7th grader with her math skills and keep her on her toes as well. Have her pick a number between one and nine. Once she picks her number, tell her that she cannot say that number from that point on. For example, if she chose the number three, she cannot say three, 13, 23, 30, etc.; instead, she must say the word 'nope'.

Give her some math problems, if the answer has the number that she chose in it, she must say 'nope'. If she solves the math problem correctly, she gets a point. She will also get a point if she says 'nope' when she is supposed to. She will lose a point if she does not say 'nope' at the appropriate times. Play for about ten minutes.

### Pop

This activity will test your preteen's reading comprehension and his luck. Fill five balloons with half flour and half water and fill another five balloons with coins and candy. Blow all the balloons up and place them into a large bag. Instruct all players to read the same book. When everyone is finished, each player will write 3-5 comprehension questions on index cards and place them into a hat.

During each turn, a player will pull out an index card and answer the question. If the question is answered correctly, the player will grab a balloon and pop it. There is a 50/50 chance of either getting a balloon with the messy mixture in it or getting a nice prize (this can also be a mini probability lesson). Keep playing until all the balloons are gone.

### Photo Writing

This activity will have your 7th grader practice her writing skills. This also gives you an opportunity to know her likes and dislikes. Give her a camera and tell her to take five pictures of anything that she likes or enjoys. Then, take five pictures of anything that she dislikes or does not enjoy doing. Once she has taken the pictures, go have them developed.

Have your child create a likes and dislikes journal by gluing the photos into a notebook. Have her write a paragraph about each photo. This is something that you can keep and show her later on in life to see if her tastes have changed.

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