This month I’ve rounded up some ideas for self-directed skill test stations. These links are variations on ninja skills and “Minute to Win It” style games. They can be set up with simple instructions for kids to test themselves or play against others.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Skill Stations at erinisinire – these stations are TMNT themed, but the games work whether you choose to brand them or not
- Ninja Challenge at Catch the Possibilities – a thorough list of skills to test, these were staffed stations and some will require more space than others
- Cup Stacking at hushlander – engaging for kids who think they’re too old to play with blocks
- Minute to Win It games at Ms. Kelly at the Library – the Halloween theme is perfect for October, but the games can be easily adapted for other themes
- 60 Second Challenge Activities at NEO Today – 5 challenges for school-aged kids that includes a complete list of supplies
While some of these are timed activities, kids can become quite engaged in trying to improve their performances. In addition to being quick and self-directed, these activities all use fairly basic, inexpensive, and easy to obtain items. You may have noticed that several of the activities used supplies that were leftover from another program.
Have you tried skill challenge stations like these in your library? How did it go? Share your ideas and suggestions in the comments!