DIY Review Game for Any Content Area

Want a versatile review game that you make once and can use over and over again throughout the year? Use this easy-to-make review game in all of your content areas to help student practice and review skills.  

Items to Gather:

  • Empty and clean Nesquik container
  • "Peel & stick" paper - similar to contact paper (I got mine at Jo-Anns in the scrap-booking section)
  • Exacto Knife (aka: box cutter) and scissors
  • Permanent marker
  • Stickers, ribbon, or other decorating materials
  • Blank Paper Strip Template
  • (optional):  Place Value Paper Strip Template


Step 1:  First, cut the "peel & stick" paper according to the size of the container to be able to wrap around the base.  Peel off the back and wrap the sticky part around the base.  Smooth out any bubbles.

Step 2:  After the paper is wrapped around the container, cut out a 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 square in the center of the container using the exacto knife (I recommend drawing the box dimensions on your container first so you cut it correctly)  This will create a window on your container.

Step 3:  Next, using the exacto knife, and starting about 1/2 down from the top of the container, cut two slits down the side of the container, stopping at about 1/2 inch from the bottom of the container.  Leave about an inch of space between the 2 slits.  I made my slits about 1/4 inch wide each.  Repeat this step on the other side. (You wil have a total of 4 slits - 2 on each side)

Step 4:  Finally, decorate your container to match your classroom theme with stickers, ribbons, or any other decorating materials.

To assemble the game: (You will need to download this freebie paper strip template and connect the strips together in one long line - laminate for durability)

Step 1:  Slide the end of the paper strip through the slit closest to the window.

Step 2:  Pull the strip through the other side.

Step 3:  Loop the long end of the paper strip, back around through the second slit on the side you started.

Step 4:  Pull it through the other side.

Step 5:  Line the first question box on the paper strip up with the window and pull the back strip tight against the side of the container.  As students pull the front strip to reveal the next question box, they will weave the paper through.

Other tips/suggestions:

Different ways to use this game throughout the content areas:

1)  Create a strip of sight words for students to use in a center

2)  Write math facts in each box for students to recite

3)  Write vocabulary words for a content area (have an answer key for reference)

4)  Have students create their own comic strips to represent a story's events and weave it through the game when re-telling the story to other students (this could be a fun book review project!)

5)  Write the steps (include pictures) of a step-by-step task you'd like students to complete individually at a center.  This would be great for students to practice following directions - it will also help them to become more independent.  

Enjoy and happy playing!

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