Relief Teaching Ideas

Sharing ideas to help make relief teaching fun, enjoyable, and meaningful.

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Wacky Web Tales


An interactive, online, build a story resource; asks students to use parts of speech (adjectives, nouns, verbs, etc..) to fill in the blanks.

You could use this on a Smartboard or Data Projector as a whole class activity before or after a writing or grammar lesson.

*Tip – Do up a practice story beforehand & print out for your own reference so you can guide the class in the right direction. This avoids any possible inappropriate phrases!!

Here is the link…

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FREE Shoe Printable Craft


Print off on card for students to decorate & colour. Use wool or string to lace up.

If you have a junior class see if you can buddy up with an older class so they can help the little ones lace & practice tying up the shoes.

You can find the original source & printable here:


Jigsaw Pairs

zzjigsaw picture

There are so many things you could do with these! Here’s a few ideas:
– lower case/upper case letter matching
– sight words
– antonyms
– synonyms
– math sums
– shape names & pictures
– analogue/digital time
– subject area questions & answers

I’ve also handed out blank sheets of these to older kids to make up their own revision questions before a test. After writing the questions & answers on the pairs they cut them out, put the pieces into an envelope & swapped with another student to complete.

When making your own puzzles you can either add your own print using text boxes, print onto card & then cut out OR print them off blank & laminate so they can be changed to suit your needs. If you need more than 14 pairs you can print another sheet on different coloured card.

You could probably find some better quality jigsaw pairs than these ones I made using just Paint! But you are more than welcome to print them off onto some card & use if you would like to. 🙂

Click here to download & print:



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Heads or Tails – Partner Game


*Each pair will need a game board & 3 coins. Alternatively they could use 1 coin & 2 different coloured counters.

To start the game, each player places a coin on the star of the snake. The heads player places the coin heads side up. The tails player places the coin tails side up.

The heads player tosses a coin. If it is heads, they move the coin one space toward the head of the snake. If it is tails, they don’t move but the tails player moves their coin one space toward the tail.

Next, the tails player tosses a coin. If it is tails, they move their coin one space toward the tail of the snake. If it is heads, they don’t move but the heads player moves their coin one space toward the head of the snake.

Play continues back and forth until one of the players reaches either the head or the tail of the snake, winning the game.

Link to this Mathwire free printable game can be found here:

Click to access headsandtails.pdf

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Heads or Tails

– Teacher needs 2 coins or the virtual coin tosser that you can find a link to below.
– Students all stand up.
– They need to decide if they think the coin toss will be:
2 heads – put both hands on their head
2 tails – put both hands on their tailbone
1 head, 1 tail – one hand on head, one on tail

– Once everyone has decided teacher tosses the coins.
– Whoever is wrong must sit down.
– Game continues until there is only one remaining student!

Virtual Coin Flipper
I like how you can choose the currency of the coin!

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Japanese Fan Craft


Cut coffee filter in half, then cut out the centre. Decorate fan with textas. Turn coffee filter over, glue on your craft sticks in order from one side to the other. Glue them onto the coffee filter and on top of each other in the centre of your fan.
If you don’t have coffee filters you could use white A4 paper & cut into a rainbow shape.

Instructions can be found here:

You can also print & decorate these Japanese fans:


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Multiplication Houses


This Math Art activity is a creative way to help students practice their multiplication facts.

Students draw their house, cut out the windows & then glue onto another piece of paper. The answers are then written under the window flaps.

I used A4 paper for this example because that’s usually more readily available for a relief teacher. They are sturdier & look even better when made with A3 card!

To cut out the windows I slightly fold the paper, cut a small slit, unfold and then continue to cut the opening. Younger grades (years 3/4) may need your help with cutting the slits for the windows. There may be a few capable students who can also help their classmates out with this step.

Alternatively, and an easier option, is to cut out window shapes from another piece of paper and simply glue or tape the windows to the houses, so that they can still be lifted up to reveal the answers underneath.

After they finish making their houses, students can turn them into a game board!

– Place counters on each window.
– Students take turns choosing a multiplication question to answer.
– They can self check the answer by lifting the flap.
– If they are correct they can keep the counter. If not, they need to return the counter to the window & the next player takes a turn.

This idea is from a book I bought awhile ago called MathArt by Carolyn Ford Brunetto. It has so many great creative learning activities that link math with art.


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Mr Potato Head Good Behaviour Reward


Similar to the Jigsaw Puzzle idea, students work as a class to earn parts for Mr Potato Head. When he is complete they earn a predetermined class reward like an early recess or pack up early for a game.

Here’s where I found this great idea:

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I Spy With My Little Eye


Perfect to play when the students have packed up & you still have 5 minutes until the end of the day.
Either put up on the Smartboard, Data Projector or print & enlarge onto two A3 pieces of paper.

This would also make a fantastic barrier game. Hand out the sheet to all students. Students pair up & put upright books in between them so they can’t see each others page. They then take turns calling out instructions for both of them to do – eg: “Colour the love heart yellow.” When time is up they can compare their pictures to see if they’re the same.

Link to the ‘Just Something I Made’ page & PDF:

Click to access 27117572-JSIM-I-Spy-Fun-sheet.pdf