DIY Jeopardy Game for Kids

Puzzle pieces on a cutting board with a cake

A lot of engaging interactive applications can be created in PowerPoint to gamify your e-Learning experience. Playing Jeopardy is always a lot of fun. Moreover, every time you see those tiles with categories and different numbers, you can’t stop thinking of all the nostalgic moments in your life when you saw it on TV and were always guessing with the players, “What’s the correct answer? Am I right or wrong?” It puts you in the player’s shoes, even if you aren’t a guest on the show.

Now, with modern technology, you can create this game by yourself in about 10-20 minutes from scratch and play it with your friends! In this article you will find out how to make a Jeopardy game in PowerPoint. Create your own clues with pictures, audio and video.


A stack of flyers on a table

To make a Jeopardy game, we will use the following features of PowerPoint:

  • A table to create the game board (or a grid) that shows categories and score (or a cash value).
  • Hyperlinks to link each selection on the grid to the respective clue slide.
  • Slide Master view to create unified slides for clues and answers with a consistent design.

Stage 1: Create a Game Board

A close up of a man
  • Create a new PowerPoint presentation and name the first slide.
  • Apply a theme to your presentation on the Design tab.
  • Add a new slide and add a table by going to the Insert tab > Table.
  • Create a table with 5 columns and 5 rows.
  • Resize the table to match your slide and fill in the cells as shown in the picture below.
  • Recolor your game board to get a more authentic look. You will find the paint bucket instrument called Shading in the Table Tools > Design tab.
  • After you complete all other steps, the game board will look like this, where each cell is a hyperlink to the respective clue.

Stage 2: Create Clue and Correct Answer Layouts

The layouts shown above are already included in the PowerPoint theme for the Jeopardy game. To see how they are made, follow these steps:

  • Enter Slide Master on the View tab.
  • Insert a new Layout.
  • Rename it to “Clue.”
  • Add a button to the slide. Go to the Insert tab and click Shapes > Action Buttons. Select a custom one and draw it on the slide.
  • In the Action Settings window, set Hyperlink to: Next Slide.
  • Right-click, select Edit Text, and add the caption “Answer” to the button.
  • Similar to the clue slide, create a correct answer slide. Right-click on the left pane in the Slide Master view and select Insert Layout. Name it “Correct Answer”.
  • Add a “Home” action button and point its hyperlink to Slide 2, which is the game board.
  • Exit from the Slide Master view by clicking the button Close Master View on the top ribbon or select the Normal view in the View tab.

Stage 3: Add All Slides and Link Them to the Grid

  • We already have the title slide and the game board slide. Also we have the layouts for the Clue / Correct Answer pair.
  • Add the third slide. Set Layout > Clue.
  • Add the fourth slide. Set Layout > Correct Answer. 
  • You have the clue-answer pair now. Dplicate the 3rd and 4th slides as many times as there are active cells in the grid. In this example there are 20 clues, so the total number of slides will be 42, including the first two.
  • Link the grid cells to the respective slides throughout the entire presentation.
  • Select the text in a cell, right-click, then select Hyperlink (or use the Ctrl+K shortcut).
  • On the left pane, select Place in This Document and then select the respective slide (e.g., Category 1 Question for $200). Click Ok to insert the hyperlink.
  • Select all the slides except for the first one and uncheck the checkbox On Mouse Click on the Transitions tab. This will establish fluid hyperlink/button navigation in your game, ignoring slide changes by mouse clicks.

This is how you can make your own jeopardy game for kids.

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