Idea 184: Quiz Quiz Trade Game Explained

Quiz quiz trade is a wonderful activity (I think it’s a Kagan activity originally) that your class can play to help them learn facts. This activity is brilliant as it has the children going through your chosen facts again and again, and they LOVE it!

Preparation: Prepare cards with a question on one side and the answer on the other. I tend to print a question and answer out as a long strip, then fold the piece of paper over and staple it to make a double-thick piece of paper. This means that the paper will be thick enough that children can’t read the answer through the card.  I use my wonderful stapleless stapler to make my cards and it doesn’t take very long to get a set of questions together (save a generic Quiz Quiz Trade Word document to save time formatting questions). You don’t have to have a unique question for each child, but generally at least 11-12 questions works well.


The game: Each pupil in the class gets a card. All pupils walk round at the same time with one hand up and find someone else with their hand up. They high five each other and become a pair. Person A asks Person B a question, and Person B answers. Person A can use the answer on their card to check if Person B is right, which is great as lower-attaining children aren’t worried about not knowing the answer to their question. The roles then swap over with Person B asking a question and Person A answering.

Children can give hints to help their partner if their partner is struggling. The final step is that both children swap over their cards, raise one hand and then go off in search of a new partner.


Kids REALLY love this activity! They are up and about, moving and talking. They are constantly reading questions out, then getting the answer, then reading a different question to another partner. I did this in RE with facts about Judaism, and the retention of facts after this activity was staggering! Perhaps the cleverest bit is that because they swap questions over, they are essentially hearing a question read to them, then answering that question, then reading that same question to someone else after the cards have been swapped and telling a new person the answer too. That repetition really helps the facts stick.

Once your children have the hang of this activity, they can begin to make their own quiz quiz trade cards which they can give to you to use in a big ‘end of week’ recap of what you have learned so far.

TIP: when I first intro this game, I model with one pupil and me first. Then I get two pupils up to model it. Then four pupils to model it. This seems to be enough modelling to ensure that all the class understand the mechanic of the activity. I always make a special point of saying that we make a pair with the FIRST person we see with their hand up, and we don’t ignore people or only play with our friends.

WARNING: This is a pretty noisy activity, and the first time you use it with your class they can get a bit over-excited if they are young. Before you start this activity make sure the class know what ‘stop’ command you will use (like clapping three times or whatever you prefer) to get their attention.

TIP: While this is a great activity, be careful not to over-use it! Some teachers use quiz quiz trade so much that when they tell their children “Now we’re going to play quiz-quiz-trade!” they are met by a groan of boredom!

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