Interjecting fun learning games into employee meetings or training sessions breaks up the monotony of work routines and provides reinforcement for newly learned material. It also gives trainers and supervisors a sense of participant understanding without the stress of administering a “test.” Fun learning games can also be used during office parties to help lighten the mood and give away prizes. Make your own fun learning games without the purchase of expensive software or gadgets by using simple tools and a little creativity.
Things You'll Need
- Materials for making game components such as poster board, markers, flip charts, PowerPoint software, etc.
Determine the learning objective(s) of the game. What points do you want to reinforce? For example, the game might be to test participants’ knowledge of company terminology or procedure, or the game might be an overall review of everything learned during the previous training session.
Think about a game format that will fit the learning objective in the time allotted. Quiz games are usually popular for learning, but can become boring and predictable. Break away from routine by thinking of popular game shows or board games currently on the market. All of these games can be adapted to fit your learning objectives.
Develop a list of questions that is relevant to your learning objective. Make sure questions can be reasonably answered in the chosen game format. For example, participants in a learning game for a furniture store play “Pictionary” to display understanding of company products. One question is the term “loveseat,” which can be drawn with a heart and a chair.
Determine the materials needed to make game components. For example, do you need score cards, dice or “buzzers”? Create game pieces accordingly using craft material or computer software.
Write the rules and instructions for the game. Be sure to include a list of materials needed and information on point systems, tiebreakers (if any) and prizes.
If possible, run through the game. Fact-check your questions for accuracy and make sure the game can be played entirely in the allotted time.
Assemble a game kit or area with all questions, instructions, and materials. This is especially important if you are using the game for several different sessions.
After the game is first played, take some time to review the effectiveness of this exercise. Did playing the game achieve the desired learning objectives? If necessary, make changes to questions or rules to make the game more successful for future sessions.