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Second grade learning games and activities

How you can help at home: Try some of these fun games and activities to boost your second grader's academic skills.

GreatSchools Blog

By GreatSchools Staff

Looking for some fun ways to engage your second grader and build academic skills? Check out these learning games and activities.

Play Ball

Practicing catching, bouncing and kicking skills helps to build coordination and readiness for future sports teams.

Create Crazy Captions

This simple but fun activity builds reading and writing skills.

Math's a beach

This game reinforces the skill of quickly recalling basic addition and subtraction facts.

Make a Bread Mold Garden!

This activity teaches observation and experimentation, important skills for budding scientists.

Where in the World?

Use a laminated map to help children learn where current events are taking place and build social studies skills.

Handwriting Cues

Reinforce proper letter formation by writing lists and notes together with your second grader.

Create an Obelisk

This activity will introduce children to how Egyptians used decoration to give extra meaning to a structure and will encourage them to explore this concept through their own creativity.

Create a Comic Book

Your second grader will learn to use the Drawing Toolbar in Microsoft Word to create his own family comic book. This activity builds writing and computer skills.

Rhythm Language

Your second grader can make notes with Popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners, and then learn to speak a new "rhythm language" using his homemade "notes."

Make a Paper Quilt

This activity teaches math skills and creative problem solving.

Make a Self-Portrait

Making a self-portrait is an engaging art project for second graders.

Develop a Mental Image

Have your child make a mental image of a passage that has been read aloud.

Weather Graph

Have your child observe the weather for a week or more and make a bar graph of the results.

Does It Sink or Float?

In this activity your child makes predictions about what objects will sink or float, tests the objects and then classifies them.

Act Out a Script

This activity will help your child have fun, increase reading fluency and expression, and get the whole family involved.

Make a Pop-Up Book

This book is fun to make and will encourage your child's writing and artistic skills.

Make a Reading Tree

Have your child keep track of the books he reads by having him write them on a reading tree.

Plant Parts Salad

Make a healthy salad with your child out of plant parts.

Describe an Object

In this activity your child writes about an object in detail.

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

09/26/2011:
"Another fun activity is to grow a TickleMe Plant from seeds and watch how the leaves fold up and even the branches droop when Tickled! Then minutes later the leaves open ready to be Tickeled again! See video http://www.ticklemeplant.com "
07/19/2010:
"I think these ideas are great. I am going to try them with my daughter over the summertime. Thanks!"
02/25/2009:
"thiese activities were great! I did the moldy bread garden with my son and he loved it! he thought it was so gross! then started asking for more science projects he brought the bread in for show and tell at his school! it was a hit! "
06/21/2007:
"This information is great. The journal and comic book ideas we are using immediately."
06/18/2007:
"As a parent all I can say is that this is like walking into a candy store as a small child. So many wonderful items....I don't know where to begin. Thank you :<)"
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