Activities for 8-year-olds that Combine Learning And Fun
Cooped up at home and tired of hearing “I’m bored” from your older kids? These activities for 8-year-olds are educational, fun and great alternatives to plugged-in, tech-based activities.
Explore the World – Atlas
Atlas is a conversational game that reinforces geography knowledge while fostering sportsmanship and intellectual curiosity. This game for two or more players starts with the first player stating the name of any city or country that starts with a chosen letter from the alphabet. The next player going clockwise will then have to say the name of a place starting with the last letter of that city or country. For example, if one player says “Norway,” then the next player could say “Yemen,” and so on. Players who repeat or cannot name a place are eliminated until only a winner is left! Check out Osmo’s Detective Agency game as another way to fuel your child’s interest in geography.
Improve Your Vocabulary – Scrabble
Scrabble is an ideal game for kids to build their vocabulary and cognitive abilities at the same time. Maximizing points requires strategic thinking because a player must balance the value of letter count and placement. If you don’t own the standard Scrabble game, you can use Osmo’s Words tiles from the Genius Starter Kit and a printable board to play. Other examples of fun board games for kids include chess, Catan and Monopoly. All of these games improve your child’s focus by engaging their mind.
Test Your Drawing Abilities – Pictionary
For this classic game, all you need is a whiteboard or large easel pad and a marker. One player draws a picture that does not include letters and their partner must guess the corresponding word within a minute (no verbal or non-verbal cues allowed!). The team with the most correct guesses after five rounds wins. Fun drawing games like these help kids develop creativity and learn to think on their feet.
Decode a Message – Word Jumble
Print copies of a list of scrambled words that, when unscrambled and ordered correctly, reveal a secret assignment. Your child must unscramble each word, write the words in a sentence and complete the task. The first child to decode and finish their task wins! For example, if you use the scrambled words “Kaem,” “oYru” and “Edb,” the winner is the first person to make their bed. The Word Jumble game is an awesome alternative to even some of the best online word games.
Arts and Crafts Ideas – Origami
Teach your kids to practice origami using colorful craft paper. This fun activity is one of our favorite arts and crafts ideas. Origami activates your child’s imagination and improves fine motor and cognitive skills, along with concentration and spatial awareness. One tip: beginners should start with simple origami so they can focus on their folding technique.
Play a Fun Card Game – UNO
UNO is the perfect fast-paced activity for kids who are easily bored. This game not only develops kids’ strategic thinking skills, but it also teaches them how to take turns and participate in friendly competition. Your whole family will have a blast playing this game! If you don’t own UNO already, you can create your own deck of cards using construction paper.
Do Household Chores – The Amazing Cleaning Race
The Amazing Cleaning Race creates excitement around completing household chores and duties with activity games for kids. First, you’ll need to create a set of clues for each child. Each clue includes a cleaning task. They can only receive their next clue once they have completed the last task. The first child to complete their chores and get to the finishing mat wins! Once everyone has finished the race, you can celebrate by watching an episode of The Amazing Race, which teaches world geography.
We know that many kids are feeling restless during these times of uncertainty. We hope you enjoy trying these activities for 8-year-olds with your child. Check out the rest of our blog for more interactive learning games and activities your kids will love.