50 Awesome Homemade Games for Kids to Play and Learn

Check out this huge collection of homemade games for kids. You’ll find fun learning games that cover math, literacy, logic, fine motor skills, and more.

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I’m a big believer in fun learning activities for kids. This ensures that the children are engaged and interested.

And that engagement and interest helps the learning stick more in the children’s brains.

Plus, and this cannot be overstated, learning SHOULD be fun! And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with including games and activities that are fun in your day.

Homemade Games for Kids

These DIY games are perfect for preschool and elementary classrooms, but they’d be great at home too.

Since there are so many amazing game ideas below, I broke them up into two categories so they’re a little easier to navigate.

The first group is filled with printable games, while the second group has non-printable games to try.

Printable Homemade Games for Kids

Here are some great DIY games that you can make with free printables.

Click on each of the highlighted words to read more about each of the games (and grab each coordinating printable).

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The first few game ideas are from Fun-A-Day. I’ve enjoyed playing them with a variety of preschool students, as well as my son.

Pig Math Game for a Farm Theme

Apple Math Game

Printable Snowman Game

Printable Valentine Games 

Make Way for Ducklings Game

More Printable DIY Games

I couldn’t just stop at my own games, though.

Here are more printable homemade games for kids from around the web.

How to Make a Cootie Catcher | The Natural Homeschool

Safari Animals Seek and Find | The Purposeful Nest

Letter Sudoku | Our Family Code

Printable LEGO Challenge Game | Artsy Fartsy Mama

DIY Rainbow Game | Mosswood Connections

Roll to Write Game | Walking by the Way

Mystery Grid Art Challenge | Pink Stripey Socks

Hop the Alphabet Board Game | Mama Smiles

Number Dash Fast Math Game | Gluesticks

Missing Letter Game | Learn with Play at Home

Catch a Bug Free Printable Game | Picklebums

Blueberries for Sal Counting Game | Spark and Pook

Indoor Scavenger Hunt | Edventures with Kids

Sight Word Game | Brain Power Boy

Cars and Trucks Bingo Game | Brain Power Boy

Watermelon Tic-Tac-Toe | Teach Me Mommy

Homemade Games for Kids at Home or School

Below you’ll find even more homemade games for kids. These are games you and the children can make with a variety of materials.

Click on the highlighted text to read more about each of the games.

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The first six links are DIY games I’ve played with preschool students (and my son) over the years.

Rhyming Games for Preschoolers

Spring Math Game 

Christmas Math Game with Bells

Seed Matching Game

Bowling with Coconuts

Shell Connect-the-Dots

Creative Homemade Games for Kids

I found even more fun homemade games for kids around the web. Be sure to check them out too!

Easy Sudoku Puzzle | School Time Snippets

Homemade Giant Tangrams | JDaniel4’s Mom

Checkerboard Algorithm | JDaniel4’s Mom

Letter Recognition Drive and Park | Days with Grey

Kindergarten Shape Build-Up | Days with Grey

Minecraft Lego Grid Game | Stir the Wonder

Construction Sorting Game | Stir the Wonder

Roll a Koala Math Game | The STEM Mum

Muffin Tin Reading Games | Growing Book by Book

Superhero Coding Game | Little Bins for Little Hands

LEGO Math Ten Frame Games | LalyMom

Teach Coding with a Deck of Cards | Teach Your Kid to Code

Math Fact Dominoes | Playdough to Plato

Sand and Seashells Writing Game | The Educators’ Spin On It

LEGO Memory Game for Kids | The Educators’ Spin On It

Tic-Tac-Toe Nature Craft | Growing Family

Mystery Sensory Balloons | Edventures with Kids

Oh Snap! Sight Word Game| School Time Snippets

Post It Name Game | School Time Snippets

DIY Math Games with Cardboard Tubes | Artsy Momma

Finding North Hiking Game | Go Science Kids

Origami Paper Cup and Ball Game | Red Ted Art

Popsicle Stick Color Matching Game | Darcy and Brian

I hope all of these homemade games for kids have inspired you! Which of the DIY games will you be trying with the kids first?

If you have any more homemade game ideas, feel free to leave me a comment below and tell me about it.

Materials to Make Your Own Games

Now that we’ve talked games, let’s jump into materials.

Many of the homemade games for kids shared here can be made with just a few items. You might have some of those items on-hand already!

Here are a few ideas to get you set up for making your own games for the kids:

Done-For-You Resources

Preschool Teacher 101 has a ton of fully developed early learning resources. If you’re a preschool teacher, be sure to check out our membership options. Click on the images below for more information about each resource.

Roll and Color Math Games
I Spy ABC Scavenger Hunts
Lowercase Letter Puzzles
Uppercase Letter Puzzles
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