7 Fun activities to get kids excited in an online class
Author – Preeti Athri
(Reading time ~ 5 mins)
Are you running out of ways to keep your students excited in your online class? Taking a class remotely is hard, getting children to pay attention through a screen is harder! Here’s a little secret: a good session has a lot to do with a great pre-session activity —which can get your learners interested and energized!
Preadolescents are a bundle of unbridled energy, so all you need is to add a little something for them to look forward to. Here’s how to get your kids engaged and invested in your online class!
Wish to introduce your students to the topic of the day? Play a game of pictionary-style Quick Draw! In this game, your learners will need to guess what you are drawing on the board or notepad. Kids can type their guesses on chat, and the first one to guess correctly, wins! Gets students curious and encourages participation.
Whether you’re having an online hobby class, exercise session or sports class, a quiz can get students excited. You can base your questions on the subject itself or choose any topic under the sun to add to the fun. Apps like Kahoot take online trivia quizzes to the next level, as it is highly interactive.
Another way to spark interest in a session is to tell a story based on it. Children love a good story, so why not connect it to the topic of the day?
Wish to get that heart rate up before you begin? A treasure hunt will do the trick! Just ask the students to get common household items (like a bottle, a spoon, a pair of keys etc.) and show them to you. The first one to get each item climbs higher up the scoreboard.
Add giggles to an online exercise class. Start your warm-up routine to music, stop the music in between and ask your students to freeze. The first one to move is declared, “out”. Awkward or difficult poses will bring out the laughs and have the kids focus on holding on to a pose.
This guessing game is guaranteed to have your learners in a tizzy. Hide an object, and give your audience clues about it. For example, if you’re hiding an apple, you could say, “It’s a fruit, it is red, it is sweet and can keep the doctor away!” The student to guess the correct answer with the least number of clues wins.
A nice way to revise your subject with your learners is with the Things Game. In this game, learners will have to list down things based on a prompt. For example, If you conduct a drawing class for kids, you could ask them to list down, “Things you would do before starting your drawing.” Or, “Things you would need for a watercolour painting”.
If you conduct an exercise class, ask them to list down, “Exercises you do as part of your warm up…”Or, “Things we did in the previous session.”etc The learner to list down all the things correctly first, wins!
There, you have them! Now you can add something for your students to look forward to before they start class. A little play goes a long way, doesn’t it?
We would love to hear your ideas that make your class a super-hit in comments below.