Top 10 Summer Games to Beat the Heat

Top Games Jun 17, 2024

When the heat waves roll in and the AC starts working overtime, what's better than bringing a slice of summer right into your classroom? With summer right around the corner, kids are craving some fun in the sun—so why not give them a splash of excitement?

At Baamboozle, we've sunscreened our way through our game library to bring you the juiciest, sunniest summer games for those long, lazy days. Get ready for a lineup that’s hotter than the pavement in June and cooler than your favorite ice pop.

While we’re at it, what better way to play these games than to pair them with our Summer Bowling game (oh yes, you heard right!)—it's the ultimate cool-down combo! 

Picture this: you're at a sun-soaked beach, surrounded by palm trees dancing in the gentle breeze. Now, imagine rolling the ball down the boardwalk, where sharks glide by in the shimmering waters and crabs are roasting marshmallows by the fire. Ready to bowl your way through this quirky, seaside adventure?

Oh, and stick around – we’ve saved the best for last! You won’t want to miss this sun-sational surprise!

10. Words of Summer

By Lindseyrhill

Students need to quickly recognize and mark summer-themed items, challenging both their vocabulary and memory. It’s a thrilling way to keep everyone on their toes while soaking up some sun-kissed words!

And hey, if they miss one, just remind them it's probably because they're too busy dreaming of actual beach days, right?

Helps with: Vocabulary expansion, word recognition

Best for: Grades 2 to 5

Baam-Link: Play now!

9. Summer Stuff

By SusanMain

Dive deep into a sea of fascinating and sometimes bizarre summer facts that will challenge your students.

For instance, test their knowledge with this sizzling tidbit: In summer 2015, a man in Perth, Australia took advantage of the scorching pavement to demonstrate how hot it really gets. What did he manage to do right on the street? Did he boil a kettle, fry eggs, burn his feet, or melt his shoes? The correct answer might just surprise them!

Helps with: General knowledge, fun facts, learning

Best for: Grades 5 to 8

Baam-Link: Play now!

8. Summer Conversations

By Bmejia

Watch your students' imaginations travel as they ponder, "If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you go and why?" Then bring it back to the sandy shores with the question, "Name three things you need to build a sandcastle."

This game is perfect for stirring up lively discussions and getting to know your students' summer vibes, all while fostering critical thinking and creativity. It's not just a talk—it's a journey through their summer experiences and dreams!

Helps with: Communication skills, reasoning, social interaction

Best for: Grades 5 to 9

Baam-Link: Play now!

7. Summer Idioms

By Asti

This game challenges your students to decode phrases that pepper everyday language, turning them into savvy linguists as they explore the meanings behind sayings like "everything under the sun."

Teach them about being "in hot water" when they land in big trouble, and the resilience of "come rain or shine," illustrating that some things happen no matter what the circumstances. 

Each idiom is a gateway to understanding deeper cultural expressions, sparking discussions that are as enlightening as they are entertaining.

Helps with: Idioms, language skills, cultural knowledge

Best for: Grades 5 to 8

Baam-Link: Play now!

6. Summer Jokes


Unleash a flood of giggles with summer jokes that are cooler than the underside of your pillow. Let the laughter ripple through the classroom with zingers sure to make your students laugh harder than a hyena on holiday. 

Here's our favorite: "Where do sheep go on vacation?" Let's see if they can figure this out! 

Each joke is a burst of sunshine, guaranteed to dispel any summertime gloom. Will your students keep their composure, or will they be giggling like toddlers at a puppet show?

Helps with: Brain breaks, creativity, humor

Best for: Grades 4 to 7

Baam-Link: Play now!

5. Summer - What Am I?

By Miryam Martínez Lizaso

Challenge your students with summer riddles that twist and turn more than a beach towel in the wind. Can they crack this riddle? "I'm soft, cool, and sweet. What am I?" 

Watch them puzzle over each question, laughing and guessing, as they try to piece together the answers like they're building the perfect sandcastle. Will they nail it, or just keep spinning in the summer heat?

Helps with: Vocabulary, deduction skills

Best for: Grades 3 to 7

Baam-Link: Play now!

4. Simon Says Summer

By Ronan

Ready to turn up the heat on fun? Get your students moving with a summer-themed game of Simon Says that’s more refreshing than a splash in the pool on a scorching day. 

From building sandcastles to hiking trails, catching frisbees, and even barbecuing some food, this game is a perfect blend of sun, sand, and silliness. Ideal for those wiggle worms who can't sit still longer than a popsicle lasts in the sun!

Helps with: Following instructions, brain breaks, physical activity

Best for: Grades 2 to 5

Baam-Link: Play now!

3. Summer Bees Spelling Bee

By Miya

Let’s see who’s the queen or king bee of summer spelling! Can your students spell 'lemonade' faster than they can drink one? Dive into this buzzing spelling challenge that’s as sticky and sweet as a melted popsicle on a hot sidewalk.

Up for a challenge? Unscramble this: N W O A E L T E M R. Hint: it’s sweet and refreshing. 

Watch as they race against each other, spelling their way through a treasure trove of sunny terms, all while having a blast under your classroom's metaphorical sun!

Helps with: Spelling, vocabulary

Best for: Grades 4 to 7

Baam-Link: Play now!

2. Name 3 Summer Things

By Albateacher

Can your students handle the heat of a little summer game action? This game tests their vocabulary and challenges them to think on their feet. Can they name 3 things they spot at the beach (aside from sand in their sandwiches)?

And for a twist—ask them, 'Name three things you don't like about summer.' Let’s find out who earns the title of 'Summer Grinch'!

Helps with: Vocabulary, critical thinking, quick recall

Best for: Grades 3 to 6

Baam-Link: Play now!

1. Would You Rather: Summer Style

By kvernon

Curiosity didn't just thrill the cat—it led you right to the grand finale of our list! Here it is, the last and positively the best game to round off your summer fun!

Would your students rather always have to wear a snorkel on their face or flippers on their feet—could they handle the weird looks at the supermarket? 

Each quirky question is designed to stretch their minds and tickle their funny bones, making this game an excellent tool for developing critical thinking and reading comprehension while soaking up the fun. 

And remember, if they choose the snorkel, they're probably just preparing for the flood of homework coming their way!

Helps with: Decision making, critical thinking, reading comprehension

Best for: Grades 5 to 8

Baam-Link: Play now!

Top 10 Summer Games: Final Thoughts

So, there you have it! And for even more fun, explore our extensive collection of summer games—there's a whole ocean of activities beyond this list to keep the excitement flowing. Let’s face it, this might be as close to a poolside escapade as you’ll get before summer break kicks in, unless, of course, you’re counting those accidental water bottle floods.

Now, let's crank up the classroom fun even further with Summer Bowling—our sunniest game yet! Picture yourself rolling strikes under a radiant, sun-drenched sky, accompanied by a playlist of upbeat summer tunes and a cast of delightfully quirky characters who add just the right amount of beach flair to your bowling experience.

This special release is exclusive to Baamboozle+ users, but anyone can try out a free preview—no sign-up required! Just dive in and make a splash with Summer Bowling!