Do you have those kiddos in your classroom or at home who love playing with rubber bands?! No matter how many rubber bands you confiscate, they still tend to find more. If that's the case, then it might be time to incorporate a rubber band area in your classroom. A rubber band area will give kiddos a safe space to play all kinds of different rubber band games.
Can't think of any games to put into your rubber band area? No worries at all. The experts at Teaching Expertise have come up with 30 different rubber band games, played throughout the world that your students will love.
Do your kiddos love playing cat's cradle? Maybe they've never heard of it? Either way, Ahihi is a fun way to incorporate rubber band activities into your classroom. Students will love to create art with rubber band shapes!
Learn more: Amy Truong 177
2. Rubber Band Creations
Making their own little board game out of wood (plastic) will be so much fun! Once you create the board together, you and your kiddos will love to play this fun rubber band game.
Learn more: Rhino Works
3. Left Hand, Right Hand
Finding ideas with rubber bands that will help your students learn while playing is the absolute best. This left-hand, right-hand game will do just that. Through this hands-on activity, students will totally gain a better grasp of their hands and fingers.
Learn more: Games With Mommy
4. Grab Rubber Bands
This game is great because it's both a single-player challenge and a multiple-player challenge. Students can choose a single item that they think will be most efficient in getting the rubber bands out of the bucket of water.
Learn more: Ho Chung Teik
5. Block Shooting
Blocks certainly make excellent targets. This game is perfect for anyone who has a ton of blocks in their home or classroom.
Learn more: Totally Thomas' Toys
6. Lompat Getah
Create a long piece of string using multiple rubber bands. Assembling the rubber band rope will keep kids busy. It will also help them to gain a better understanding of the elasticity of rubber bands.
Learn more: Wee Folk Art
7. Rubber Band Jump
Fun with rubber bands comes from rubber bands of all shapes and sizes. Purchasing larger rubber bands will never be regretted!
Learn more: Benny Blanco 623
8. Nature Art
Provide your kiddos with food, rubber bands, and paint, then let them go to work making some very interesting rubber band art.
Learn more: Samantha Krukowski
9. Rubber Band Water Fun
Fill a bucket with water and let your kiddos go fishing. Submerge 10-20 rubber bands and using plastic or paper straws, watch as your students fish them out of the bucket!
Learn more: My Hens Craft
10. 3D Loom Charms
There's no doubt that Looming has become an activity that almost all students love. Students will not only love creating these quick rubber band charms but also give them as the best gift ideas.
Learn more: Snows Creativity
11. Gomujul Nori
Rubber band games like this that have come over from Asia are a perfect way to celebrate cultural heritage in a fun and creative form!
Learn more: Encyclopedia of Korean Folk Culture
12. Rubber Band on Rubber Band
This game is simple enough for almost anyone to understand and play! The object of the game is to as many into the circle in the quickest time. It's both fun and entertaining.
Learn more: But Poeun
13. Rubber Band Cup Shot
Using plastic or paper cups, this activity will surely entice any age kiddos. With the older kiddos, you can give them the challenge of trying to figure out how to launch the cup using only rubber bands.
Learn more: Kont Kont
14. Laron Batang
This is an intense game that can literally be played anywhere. It's really one of those fun rubber band activities that you'll probably catch students playing on their own, at recess.
Learn more: Eugene Regan
15. Rubber Band Ringers
Rubber band ringers are another fun one that can easily be paper! Turn this into a simple engineering challenge and see if they can make their own place to shoot the rubber bands.
Learn more: Solbita Family
16. Rubber Band Rescue
This is such a cute and very much loved individual challenge. If your kiddos love playing with and saving animals, then they'll be busy for hours trying to save all of their animals.
Learn more: Adam the OT
17. Rubber Band War
Rubber band war is undoubtedly a favorite! Whoever gets their rubber band on the top by flicking it, wins. First to run out of rubber bands, or whoever ends up with the most rubber bands when time runs out, wins!
Learn more: Earth Happenings
Although this may not be the best activity during COVID times, it's still just as fun in a safe environment. It might be a bit better to use a pair of chopsticks rather than straws! This will help to prevent breathing on each other and spreading germs.
Learn more: Piumrak Kids
19. Exploding Watermelons
Of course, exploding watermelons HAD to be on the list. If you're looking for a fun experiment to do this summer using ordinary household objects, then this is it.
Learn more: Viral Surge
20. Balance Finger
Balance finger is quite an interesting game. Whether you have a group of kiddos playing or just one or two it's still fun. Roll the dice, stack a number of rubber bands on your hand and see who's rubber bands fall off first.
Learn more: Play with Ashish
21. Rubber Band Magic
Who doesn't love a little magic? Learning magic tricks is so much fun. This video teaches your kiddos some of the best-kept secrets of rubber band magic. They'll not only love learning it but also show off everything they know.
Learn more: The Mask
22. Rubber Band Hand Gun
With this simple target setup, your kids will be provided a place to actually shoot their rubber band guns. A rubber band area can easily be set up in any classroom. And trust me, even your biggest rubber band-loving students will be appreciative.
Learn more: TKOR
23. Rubber Band Air Hockey
This game might take a bit of time initially to create, but once it's done, it's totally worth it! This can simply be created out of a cardboard box, some rubber bands, and anything that resembles a hockey puck (small piece of wood, milk jug cap, water bottle cap).
Learn more: Ana Creative Play
24. Rubber Band Challenge
This rubber band challenge is great for building up fine motor skills even in your youngest learners. It's important to teach rubber band safety before completing this activity. It's also helpful to have an adult present!
Learn more: Toshika's Funtube
Try to get the rubber bands from one bowl to the other, without transferring any water. This activity is not easy. I tried it as an adult and got frustrated. Your kiddos will love it though, it may be a bit frustrating, but it's also really fun.
Learn more: Ratish Rajan
26. Rubber Band Butterfly
Create a butterfly using only a rubber band and your fingers. If you show this video in class, you might find students constantly having a rubber band in their pocket to show all of their friends their new skills.
Learn more: Trickz Zone
27. Rubber Band Car
This homemade rubber band car is actually pretty simple to create and can be made using household items! If you're looking to have your own rubber band drag rice in your classroom or household, then this is the way to get it started!
Learn more: LXG Design
28. Rubber Band Transfer
Move the rubber bands from one vegetable to the next. Simple enough to understand, challenging enough to keep kids on their toes while carrying through.
Learn more: Party Stuff
29. Rubber Band Catch
Rubber band catch is a blast. Make sure kids are at a reasonable distance apart and watch as they pass the rubber band back and forth.
Learn more: Captured In Time
30. Fish in Hold
Fish in hold will have everyone laughing and having a good time! Your students will love playing this game. Make for a more structured recess with this fun and exciting game.
Learn more: Angkor Stone Media