One of the most searched for terms on the Scoilnet website is 'games'. Games can be both educational and fun and can have appeal to a wide variety of ages and skills. You may find some of the links below will have something for you. (Many of the online games will require a Flash plugin on your computer.)
Encyclopaedia Britannica Games - (only accessible through schools broadband)
Aimed at early learners the games cover English (alphabetical order; capital letters; synonyms; homonyms; plurals, etc), Maths (over 100 games aimed at specific levels) and Sciences (Biology; Earth & Space; Physical Science).
Pora Ora - Games
Covering curricular areas such as language and literacy, maths, geography, ICT and problem solving, Pora Ora presents a wide range of engaging, highy visual and interactive games. Teachers also have the adavantage of registering for a school account and this will enable them to track student progress and cater for both assessment of learning and assessment for learning needs.
Users are given one randomly generated dictionary definition along with the first letter of its corresponding word. Fill in the rest of the word to experience a gain in points and an added time bonus. Fantastic game for improving English.
Three fun games to create your own music. Create your own short melody; make your own rhythm; compare two pieces of music. Nice and simple.
Museum of London
Range of history-focused games divided into easy, medium and hard. Includes 'Create a Costume', the 'Great Fire of London' and 'Medieval Game of Life'. Highly visual but need good broadband.
Like the popular 'Tetris' game only applied to Geography. Players have to place European countries into their correct location. All games are timed and there are different levels to suit different skills. There is also a US version in which the player places states in their correct position.
ESL Games - English
Series of games covering grammar; vocabulary; spelling; listening.
Test your knowledge of your consumer rights. This game was designed to support Home Economics, Business Studies and CSPE at post-primary level.
A collection of games under a theme of Irish politics and public life. Fantastic for Post-Primary CSPE students.
Beat the Bell: Users answer questions against the clock. All levels have to be answered - max time allowed 7 mins.
Word Scramble: Drag and drop letters into correct position to unscramble words - max time 5 mins. Hints available but not so easy.
Parliamentary Pairs: Match the pictures memory game.
Site containing both Maths tutorials and games. The games cover addition, subtraction, integers, multiplication, division and fractions.
How Well Do You Know Your World?
A highly interactive Geography game which tests your knowledge of places. Starts off quite easy but becomes much more difficult.
Paint an online picture. Choose your brush size and colours and put it in a frame. And if you make a mistake - then just start again. Nice!
BBC Schools - Games
Huge selection of educational games across a variety of subject areas for the following age groups: 4-7; 7-11; 11-16; 16+
Fun & Games
A selection of 'fun games' like Memory Game; Find-a-Pair; Slide Puzzle; Makin Faces; and an online Colouring Page. Suitable for all ages.
Educational games that help develop early reading and language skills. Apparently the games are based on education and literacy research. Suitable for 4-7 age group.
A fun activity based around the traditional 'hangman' concept but with a Maths flavour. Probably aimed at TY level.
Children's Games from Around the World
Well not all games have to be online! Here are a selection of games - jump rope; hopscotch; marbles; balls; sticks & stones that are played all over the world but sometimes with little variations.
Games Kids Play
Simple site with lots of traditional schoolyard games.
Great Fun Party Games for Kids
Contains over 30 outdoor games which would be suitable for younger children.
Aimed at Teachers
Games Around the World
General introduction to traditional games. Includes activity suggestions.
Games for Early Years
PDF resources of lesson plans for some early years activities to encourage team work.