Modular Educational Games

By: Lior Kakon, Yigal Kakon
from Hillel Torah

Development of Critical and / or Creative Thinking

Subject(s) of entry:
Computer Science, Engineering, English/ Writing/ Language Arts, Foreign Language, Gemara, Halacha, History, Ivrit, Math, Mishnah, Music, Physical Education/Health, Science, Social Studies, Tanach, Technology, literature

Design-Thinking Model, Gamification, PBL - project based learning, UBD - understanding by design, 21st Century Skills

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Elementary school, Middle school

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Elementary school, Middle school

A kit to produce educational games in any language, in any subject, and at any level of difficulty. The process of creating these games develops the student’s learning abilities (focus on detail, categorization, collaboration,self-direction) and social skills.
These games can be used as a part of teaching, reinforcement, review, and assessment.

Entry Narrative

The Modular Educational Games kit allows the student to produce their own educational games.  The game’s versatility is that it can be used in any language, any subject and can be adjusted for level of difficulty.

Playing the end product, the game,  is fun but the process of creating the game is the educational benefit to the student.  During development the action sharpens the student’s learning capabilities by requiring the student to focus on details, categorization of information, collaboration with others (team building) as well as independent learning. The games can be used in the classroom for instruction, reinforcement, review and assessment.

Here is a short video presenting the process of creating the games.

In this video a math teacher describe the progress she did in order to make a memory game, teaching analog and digital time.

Make your own game in 3 easy steps:

Step 1 – Preparation phase:

In this step you have to decide what the subject of the game is, and what the information you want to use is.

In the kit, you will find a preparation sheet for every game to guide your planning.

On the preparation sheet write down the following information:

  1. The general subject of the game.
  2. The categories related the general subject.
  3. The items / questions / answers for each category.

Step 2 – Printer phase:

After you write all the information for your game in the preparation sheet, you are ready to print out the game.

Log in to and choose the right game template for your game, by clicking on “game maker”.

  1. Write the information onto the template,
  2. Save the game to your own computer,
  3. Take the preparation sticker sheet from the kit game and insert it into your printer,
  4. Print the game onto the stickers.

Step 3 – Sticker phase:

All you have to do now is:

– Remove the cards from the box.

  (The cards have the name of the game pre-written on them.)

– Apply the stickers to the white section of the appropriate cards.



Entrant Bio(s)

Lior was born and raised in Kfar Yehoshua, Israel. She served as Lieutenant of education in the IDF, and graduated from Ben Gurion University in Be’er Sheva with a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Management, Minor in Jewish History, and a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management.
After marrying, she moved to Sderot and lived there for seven years. While studying she worked as Perach Coordinator at the University and Director of an after-school learning center for new immigrants in Sderot. After college, Lior worked at Sderot High School and soon became Program Director, Advisor and administrator.

In 2000, Lior moved to Chicago with her family to work at Hillel Torah day school, where she remains today as Head of the Middle-School Hebrew Department and directs the Outdoor Educational, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, and Israel Learning programs. In 2007, Lior assumed the position of Maccabim Sunday School’s Principal.

Igal Kakon have been teaching for more than twenty years. Starting in the IDF, as a general of education, through teaching middle and high school students in Israel and at the USA. In the past decade, He have incorporated technology into many areas of his curriculum. Igal developed technology based games that serve to enhance the students understanding of the material in an interactive way. Additionally, He have developed an educational game kit that is used in many schools throughout the country.