Do you know how to play categories? It is a classic game that people of all ages enjoy playing. This interactive Category Games for Kids collection can be played on the computer or print it and grab a pencil! It is available to play on Google Slides, Powerpoint or PDF to print. Great for telehealth sessions, distance learning AND in person!
The ZIP file will be delivered electronically immediately following payment. It includes the 42 page PDF black and white version to print, information to make a copy of the Google Slides version for your Google Drive, and the Powerpoint files.
How Does the Category Games for Kids Work?
- Choose computer or print version.
- Provide a copy of the file or print the recording sheets for the students.
- Students can type their responses directly on the slides and practice keyboarding or use a pencil and practice handwriting skills all while they improve their word retrieval and categorization skills.
How to Play the Category Games for Kids
There are two versions of the Interactive Games:
- Regular Categories – type in your top 10 answers for each category. There are 61 slides. The last slide is blank so you can create your own Category Card.
- 3 For 3 – type in your top three answers for 3 different categories. There are 21 slides. The last slide is blank so you can create your own Category Card.
Play this game in EDIT mode for Google Slides or Powerpoint versions:
One player or collaborative play: Pick a category slide. Optional: Set a timer for at least one minute. How many words can you type in the boxes or write down on the recording sheets based on the category? When time is up, count how many words you wrote down.
More than one player: Each player has a the same slide. Set a timer for at least one minute. Type or write down as many words as you can based on the category card. When time is up, read your answers aloud. If there are any matching answers, cross the word out. Any words that are not duplicates and fit the category, score as one point. The player with the most points is the winner. Play one round or several rounds and add up your score.
Even More Games Included in the Print Version of Category Games for Kids
The Category Games PRINTED packet includes 4 different category games:
- Game #1: Top 10 and A to Z Recording Sheets with 100 Category Punch Cards. Recording sheets are available in dotted lines (similar to Zaner-Bloser® Style), double lines (similar to Handwriting without Tears® style) and single lines.
- Game #2: Three for Three Recording Sheets with 50 Category, 3 for 3 Punch Cards. Recording sheets are available in dotted lines (similar to Zaner-Bloser® Style), double lines (similar to Handwriting without Tears® style) and single lines.
- Game #3: Vertical Categories with 36 category cards.
- Game #4: Horizontal Categories with 40 category cards.
This is game is suitable for 1 player and groups. Just print enough recording sheets for each player.
Other Variations to Play with the Printed Version of Category Games for Kids:
If you do not want to write the words, grab a hole punch. Punch out the number in the category card each time you say a word from the category. If you don’t have a hole punch, color in each circle.
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How Do I Use This for Teletherapy Sessions or Distance Learning?
If you have Powerpoint, it is easy to share your screen on a platform like ZOOM ™️ and you can give control of the mouse to the student to type their responses into the slides.
If you are using Google™️ with Distance Learning Platforms, make a copy of the Google Slides file. Share a link with the student to allow them to edit the file. You can both edit the file in real time and take turns typing in your answers.
A third option is to combine the computer version with the print version. Email to the student a copy of the recording sheets from the print version. The student can print it out at home. During your telehealth session, you can share the game on your computer and the student can write their responses and hold up their paper to show you their answers on the screen.
How do I Use the Games In Person?
The great thing about the Interactive Category Games is you can use them on a computer or in print! Print out the games on the regular size paper grab a pencil or use on your screen together.