Games for Nine Year Olds: Fun, Hands-On Ideas for 9 Year Olds

Educational games are a great way to entertain and educate your 9-year-old. The examples below are simple activities that will help improve skills that your child is learning in school in a fun way.

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Fun Games for 9-Year-Olds

In 4th grade, your child will learn to multiply and divide using multiple-digit numbers. He or she will also receive various types of writing assignments, including informative and persuasive essays. Reinforce these skills at home using hands-on activities, which make learning more enjoyable and will keep your child's interest. Also, look for opportunities to incorporate review into everyday life, like at the grocery store or at a restaurant.

Character Fun

This writing activity has your child looking for details in a character and using this information to create meaning and make inferences. Have your child read a short story that he enjoys and identify a character that he thinks is most like him. Then, have him write an essay on comparing himself to the character. He should identify both similarities and differences.

Mini Candy Launcher

This fun activity will demonstrate physics principles, such as, velocity and trajectory. You will need:

  • One empty yogurt container
  • One balloon
  • Mini candies (Nerds, Skittles, M&M's)
  • Scissors

First, cut the bottom of the yogurt container off. Next, tie a knot at the end of the balloon and then cut about a ½ inch off from the other end. Stretch the open end of the balloon over the smaller part of the container. Finally, put some mini candies in the container, pull the knotted end of the balloon back and launch!

Have your child measure how far the candy landed each time. Then, have him or her create a line plot to analyze the information.

Bake Sale

First, have your child read some recipe books and find a few recipes that she would like to make for the bake sale. Have her write down the supplies she has at home and what she needs to buy at the store. Be sure to give her a grocery store budget.

Go to the grocery store and have your child purchase the items she needs using her budget. Make sure she checks the prices and finds the best deals. She will be using her percentage, fraction, decimal and monetary skills all in one shopping trip. Finally, she will need to set the price for each item. She will continue to practice her math skills by counting money and making change for her customers.

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