How to Make a Jeopardy Game in PowerPoint

How to Make a Jeopardy Game in PowerPoint | Quick Tips & Tutorial for your presentations

Thinking about new ways of reviewing concepts for your students? Do you simply want to have fun with your friends? Or are you a medical student and need a helping hand with the names of the different parts of the inner ear? We can help you! 

Gamification is always a good idea when trying to learn new things, don’t you think? We have created an educational Jeopardy using interactive slides. You can pick different subjects and questions clicking on different buttons! Does it sound like rocket science? In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to create a funny Jeopardy from scratch. Pay attention, it’s easy! 

How to create the game board

To create a game board, we need to create a table with two sorts of information: categories or subjects and score. Let’s see how to do it. 

  • In order to design a table, you have two different options, either adding a PowerPoint table or adding a series of square shapes. We will teach you both of them so you can choose one. Let’s begin by creating a table!
  • Of course, the table may have different values. Still, for our tutorial, it is going to have 5x4 cells. Click on Insert, in the toolbar. Click on Table and choose the dimensions.
Adding a table
  • You’ve learned how to create a game board by means of a table. Now, it’s time to explore how to create a board using shapes.
  • In Insert, click on Shapes and choose Rectangle: Rounded Corners. The shapes of the first row need to be bigger than the rest, as they represent the subjects or themes.
  • When you create a rectangle, you can copy and paste it to create many more. When you click on the shape, drag while you press Ctrl or Cmd in Mac. Voilà!
  • Edit the rectangle as you please. Use the options Shape Fill, Shape Outline and Shape Effects. This last feature will help you add shadow to the rectangles. Don’t forget to use the colors of the theme.
Adding shapes
  • Time to fill the rectangles! To add some text, double click on every rectangle and type. You can change the style of the text selecting it and making use of the Font tools in the toolbar.
Adding the the subjects and scores

Designing the subject slide

  • First things first: let’s add a title and a subtitle. Click on Insert. Then, select Text Box, click and drag to create a new box. You simply need to type and, if you need to edit its style, change the Font, Font Size and apply other effects.
Adding titles and subtitles
  • We are going to create 4 questions per subject, so we need to insert 4 buttons. Click on Insert → Shapes → Rectangle: Rounded Corner. Instead of using the Insert option, to add more rectangles, click on the one you have created and drag while pressing Ctrl or Cmd in Mac and you’ll duplicate it.  Use the options Shape Fill, Shape Outline and Shape Effects. This last feature will help you add shadow to the rectangles.
  • Numerate the buttons. Click on them and simply type as needed. Then, adjust the Font and Font Size, and make use of other features in the toolbar. Align the text to make it visually appealing.
Adding buttons

Designing the clue slide

We are going to add a “clue” slide about literary genres, as we are dealing with English. In this sort of game the answer or clue comes first and, after that, we include the question slide. Our example has 3 possible answers. If you click on the correct one, it will direct you to the next slide. 

  • To insert a title, click on Insert → Text Box, then click and drag to create it. If you need to edit the text, use the features Font or Font Size.
  • To add a description of the literary genre, add another text box.
Adding a title and a description
  • Now you need to create three buttons. To do so, add shapes that will work as buttons. Click on Insert → Shapes → Rectangle: Rounded Corners. Click and drag, and change its Fill and Border Color. Add shadows with the feature Shape effects. If you want to duplicate a shape, click on it and drag while you press Ctrl or Cmd in Mac.
  • Click on each button and type A, B and C.Edit the text as needed with Font, Font Size and other font effects.
  • The buttons are ready, but you need to add a text box close to them to type the name of the genre. Click on Insert → Text Box. If you want to duplicate a text box, click on it and drag while you press Ctrl or Cmd in Mac.
Adding buttons and genres
  • Add some illustrations to decorate the slide! Go to the Alternative resources slide, copy them (Ctrl + C or Cmd + C in Mac) and paste them in the clue slide (Ctrl + V or Cmd + V in Mac).
Adding illustrations
  • Remember that our example is an interactive template, so we have some elements that can redirect you to other slides. In this case, we are going to employ icons that work as buttons. We have added a house, a right arrow and a book: you need to connect themto the game board slide, the next slide and the subject slide, respectively.
  • You can add these images from our set of editable icons slide, copying and pasting them. Simply press  Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctrl + V (paste) or Cmd + C (copy) and Ctrl + V (paste) in Mac. If you find  How to Add and Modify Icons a little bit difficult, have a look at our tutorial!
Slide with added icons

Designing the question slide

  • The next thing you need to do is adding the “question” slide. Insert a new slide and choose a layout.
  • Select Insert → Text Box. Click and drag to create the box. Type the text and edit it. For our example, we need to specify that, if their answer is correct, they win 10, 20, 30 or 40 points.
Adding a text box
  • To decorate the slide,  we will add an illustration from the Alternative resources. Our idea is to represent a boy with a speech bubble that includes the answer. To get the illustration of the boy, copy the image from the Alternative Resources (Ctrl + C or Cmd + C in Mac) and copy it in the slide (Ctrl + V or Cmd + V in Mac)
Adding illustrations
  • We chose to put the answer inside of a speech bubble. Naturally, we need to add a shape: mark Insert → Shape → Callout. Click and drag to create the shape, and use the colors of the theme in Fill Color and Border Color. In order to type the text, double click on the speech bubble. To style thee text, select it and change its features.
Adding the answer text 
  • Take into consideration the previous slide. Do you remember that we included some icons? We are going to do the same here. Go to the Set of editable icons and copy and paste them using Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V or Cmd + C and Cmd + V if you are using Mac.
Adding three icons

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