34 Fun Friday Activities to Kick-Start the Weekend

by NEW YORK DIGITAL NEWS


By Friday, students (and teachers) are tired. Building in some fun Friday activities—whether it’s an hour at the end of the day or a whole day based around a theme—can be just the thing to help you wrap up the week, build community, and end the week on a high note.

These activities can be used in short periods of time (say, 20 to 40 minutes) as a reward, they could be the last hour or two of your day, or some could take an entire Friday. However you plan them, make sure your Fridays are fun!

1. Host a fun Friday STEM challenge

a marble roller coaster made out of straws
Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls/Straw roller coaster via frugalfun4boys.com

Egg-drop challenges, building a roller coaster out of straws, making planes or marble mazes—the possibilities are endless. Check out these fun Friday STEM activities to get started (there are more than enough for every Friday of the school year).

2. Set up a crafting hour

tissue boxes made into monsters
The Best Ideas for Kids/Tissue box monsters via thebestideasforkids.com

If you’re the kind of teacher who loves to use up old coffee filters, tissue boxes, toilet paper rolls, and more, or if you’re teaching a class of crafters, set aside Fun Fridays to experiment with craft projects and see what students can make with the leftovers. Start with these easy craft ideas.

3. Play games

printable board game that teachers can use for a fun friday activity
We Are Teachers

Games are more than just fun. They build cooperation, problem-solving, strategy, and academic skills. Have kids bring out the classic board games (check out Best Board Games for Kids, According to Teachers), or make your own with a printable game board.

4. Dance party!

Don’t close your eyes ’cause your future’s ready to shine/ It’s just a matter of time before we learn how to fly.
We Are Teachers

Dim the lights, put on YouTube dance-along videos, and let the kids burn off some steam. Check out the Best Dance Songs To Get Your Kids Moving to get your dance party started.

5. Take students to the movies

students watching a movie for a fun friday activity
Narrabri Public Schools/Movie afternoon via narrabri-p.schools.nsw.gov.au

Sometimes a good movie is a great way to end the week. Involve students in planning a movie afternoon by having them work to create a menu and research the movie they’re watching. What do the reviews say? How many stars does it have? What scene or line is the movie famous for?

Here is a list of good family movies and activities to go with each.

6. Minute-to-Win-It challenge

If you only have a few minutes at the end of a Friday, Minute-to-Win-It activities are your go-to for a fun way to end the week.

Check out this video about Minute-to-Win-It, and get more ideas from these Minute-to-Win-It challenges.

7. Trivia

Raisins come from which fruit?
We Are Teachers

If you have a class that loves to compete and knows tons of fun facts, trivia may be the perfect Fun Friday activity. Here is a big list of trivia questions for kids that you can use to lead a round of your own trivia challenge.

8. Puzzles

kids putting together a puzzle for a fun friday activity
Funtastic Life/Putting together a puzzle via Funtasticlife.com

Puzzles are perfect for those days when everyone needs to chill out. Put on some quiet music and have students work together on a jigsaw puzzle. Here are our puzzle recommendations.

9. Cup stacking

Girl in Black Dress Stacking Paper Cups on a Table
Mikhail Nilov via Pexels

Kids love cup stacking! (It’s even become an international competitive sport.) Cup stacking is fun and improves hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills, and cooperation when kids play in teams. Check out Everything You Need To Know About Cup Stacking.

10. Invite a guest reader or presenter

guest reader reading to a class of students for a fun friday activity
New Albany Schools/Guest reader via newalbanyschools.us

Invite a guest reader to read a picture book to students—even older elementary students love a picture book. Have students prepare to engage the guest reader by writing questions ahead of time. Or if you teach older students, invite a guest in to share about their work or hobby. Need book ideas? Check out these famous children’s books everyone should read.

11. Hold book clubs

kids reading books in a book club for a fun friday activity
Wild About Fifth Grade/Book clubs via wildaboutfifthgrade.blogspot.com

Another way to infuse literacy into a Fun Friday is with book clubs. Students work in groups to choose a book they all want to read. Then, they agree on a schedule to read the book so they’re all on the same page when they discuss it on Friday.

Check out this article about starting a family book club and book recommendations.

12. Bingo

bingo game
Amazon

So much fun in five letters. You can do old-fashioned bingo or bingo using shapes, words, numbers, math problems, or any skill you want to reinforce. Whatever the version, students love bingo. Here’s a spelling word bingo variation to try.

Buy it: Bingo game at Amazon

13. Mindful coloring

mindful coloring book cover
Amazon

If you’re looking for more fun Friday activities that are calming, try coloring. Put on relaxing music and pass out mindful coloring sheets.

Buy it: Mindful coloring book at Amazon

14. Directed drawing

Examples of directed drawing activities, including a penguin and a school bus.
Natalie Lynn Kindergarten / Proud To Be Primary

Directed drawing breaks pictures into steps that students can take to create the finished product. Each student works on their own drawing while you read the directions. Here are our favorite directed drawing activities for kids.

15. Muraling

teacher standing in front of a mural of butterfly wings
Paints Like a Girl/Mural via Instagram

Roll out butcher paper and put out the art supplies so students can create a mural. Let them paint whatever they want, or have them plan out a mural based on the season, a favorite theme, or whatever they come up with. These real school murals can inspire your butcher paper murals.

16. Parachute games

kids playing under a parachute for a fun friday activity
Innate Moves/Parachute games via innatemoves.com

Grab a parachute and head to the gym or field and you can spend the last hour of the week floating, running, and watching the colors fall. Here are the best parachute games to keep Fridays busy.

17. LEGO Challenge

ideas for a lego challenge like making lego cars
Fun-a-Day/LEGO project ideas via fun-a-day.com

Building with LEGO bricks is a fun and versatile way to spend a Friday. Challenge students to create a track, build animal homes, and learn about STEM topics, from life cycles to kinetic energy. Check out one teacher’s ideas for teaching with LEGO.

18. Flashlight Friday

an anchor chart explaining how to read with a flashlight on flashlight friday
Southern Fried Teachin/Flashlight Friday via Pinterest

Have each student bring in a flashlight, or stock a class set, and turn the lights off. Students can read using flashlights, shine the light on the answer they choose during morning meeting or lessons, or write and tell ghost stories. Read more about how to make Flashlight Fridays a thing.

19. Learn origami

A selection of printable origami instruction sheets on a green background, including various animals and other objects.
We Are Teachers

Origami teaches kids patience, focus, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. Check out Easy Origami for Kids for video tutorials and free how-to printables.

20. Yoga

a woman stretching in  front of a scene of a rainbow
Cosmic Kids/Yoga via cosmickids.com

Some movement is always a good way to end the week. If it’s raining or you have kids who love to stretch and act out stories, make Cosmic Kids Yoga a fun Friday routine.

21. Take a nature walk

path into the woods
Tim Gouw/nature via Pexels.com

After a week in the classroom, getting out into nature—walking around the edge of the football field or actually walking on a path—can shift students’ perspectives. Here’s one way to take a nature walk using Lois Ehlert’s books for inspiration.

22. Balloon games and experiments

Balloons—from watching them blow up to the inevitable pop—are super-fun Friday activities. You can run relay races, play volleyball, and so much more. Start with the balloon games in the video above, and bring in more learning with balloon experiments.

23. Go bowling

bowling ball and ten pins for a bowling game for friday fun activity
Amazon

One way to use bowling as an incentive is to have students earn tickets to bowl at the end of the week. Kids who have tickets can bowl, and if they get a strike, they get a prize. Or just set up bowling pins and play a game to see who gets the most points.

Buy it: Bowling set at Amazon

24. Hedbanz game

cover of the headbandz game
Amazon

There is the traditional game of Hedbanz (super fun!) or you can adapt the game to feature literary characters you’ve read about, historical figures, or people at your school.

Buy it: Hedbanz game at Amazon

25. Open mic or poetry slam

A group of black students performing at a poetry slam
DC Scores via dcscores.org

Holding a poetry slam or open mic lets students show off talents that you may not know they have (or give kids who are always showing off a place to do so appropriately). Choose one student to emcee, and agree on the rules (2 minutes per person, one poem or song per person, etc.).

26. Charades

game of charades for kids
Amazon

Charades is a game that all your students can play and get into. Divide students into teams and use a standard charades deck, or use time during the week to create a charades deck that is specific to your class and their interests and knowledge.

Buy it: Charades for Kids at Amazon

27. Pictionary

pictionary game cover
Amazon

As with charades, get a card deck or make your own set of pictures that students can draw for their peers to guess. Divide into teams or not, depending on how competitive students feel.

Buy it: Pictionary at Amazon

28. Choose a whole-class game

Choose a classic whole-class game like Four Corners or Heads Up Seven Up for students to play.

29. Coding hour

students working on coding for a fun friday idea
Cactus Ranch/coding hour via cactusranch.roundrockisd.org

A coding hour is about teaching kids a new skill and strengthening problem-solving skills. Check out these free coding lessons and coding apps to get started.

30. Take a trip through time

child in a knight costume
The Bear & the Fox/Knight costume via thebearandthefox.com

Have students choose a time period, and dedicate a Friday to learning all about how people lived at that time, for example, in the Middle Ages.

31. Mini field day

Field day games: flamingo ring toss and coconut bowling
Sugar & Cloth / Fun-a-Day

On warm days, head outside with water balloons and Hula-Hoops. On cold days, stay inside for a ring toss and beanbags. Either way, a mini field day is a great fun Friday activity. Start with these field day activities.

32. Take a virtual field trip

yellow stone geyers for a virtual field trip
Lukas Kloeppel/Yellowstone via Pexels.com

You can take a field trip every Friday with virtual field trips, like these aquarium virtual field trips and other virtual field trips from Amazon and even more academic virtual field trips.

33. Edible science

candy sticks that kids can make during a fun friday activity
Kitchen Pantry Scientist/rock candy via kitchenpantryscientist.com

The classroom isn’t the place to bake, but these edible science experiments are a great way to mix science and food.

34. Play tag

kids playing a game of tag
Ziggity Zoom/Octopus tag via ziggityzoom.com

Finally, what Friday wouldn’t be fun with a game of tag? Check out all the ways to play tag.

What are your favorite fun Friday activities to do with your class? Come and share in our We Are Teachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

Plus, check out our favorite recess games for the classroom.





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