Primary-School Activity Games

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Primary-School Activity Games
Use games to educate your primary students. (kids image by Marzanna Syncerz from

Primary school is an important time in children's education. In those first few years they learn the basis of everything they expand on later in their education. There are many different games online that can help keep your children entertained and help educate them in some way.

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Spot the Difference

Children must learn how to differentiate between objects that look similar in order to avoid making mistakes later in life. This can take some time. However, with "Spot the Difference," available at, you can help accelerate this process. Kids can choose from many different types of images, including a surfing image. They are then showed two versions of that image, one on top, the other on the bottom. There will be animals, objects and people in each scene. However, between each image there will be nine details that differ. For example, a bear might be wearing a hat in one scene but not in another. Once you find the object, click on it, and the game will play an animation highlighting the mistake. Find all mistakes to win the game and move on to a new puzzle.

Counting Money

Another important lesson that primary-school students must learn is counting money. It can be confusing for many of them, especially when they have little real-world experience with counting money. However, this simple game, available at, will help give your students all the experience they need. Students start by choosing a difficulty level--easy, medium or hard. They then pick a "buddy" to help them with the game. There are three buddies, including George Washington. George will tell you how much money you need to count. There will be a stack of coins and dollars above the counter and you must click and drag the money to the counter in order to get the right amount. In easy mode, George will tell you how much change you have on the table, but in harder modes he won't. Get the right amount and click on your buddy to move to the next stage.

Dinosaur Word Search

Dinosaurs capture the imagination of many children and serve as reminders of how different the world was millions of years ago. Help your students learn the names of dinosaurs with this simple word search game, available at The game can also help students broaden their vocabulary and learn how to differentiate between different close letters. There is a list of dinosaur names and vocabulary to the right of the puzzle. The puzzle contains many close letters that are mixed up. Most won't spell anything, but the vocabulary words will run up, down, left, right and diagonally. Once you find all the words, you win and can try another puzzle. Search through for many other online word searches or create your own.

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