I just came across a fabulous idea for child-made board games that I just have to share with you!
It comes from Sally at Fairy Dust Teaching.
All it involves is giving the kids access to some small objects such as buttons, glass blobs, river rocks, red/yellow counters, Froot Loops etc.
Once the board is set up, the kids use dice and game pieces to move from start to finish.
Here's what's so brilliant about this idea!
It encourages imaginative play with lots of choice AND it can be used to practice almost any skill and concept.
The most obvious ones are to practice counting with one-to-one correspondence and subitizing (to know at a glance how many dots are on the dice).
Here are some more ideas I came up with:
1) Roll several dice or roll 10 dice.
2) Count backwards, e.g., if you roll "12" then start moving forwards while counting back from 12.
3) Create a pattern with the pathway, e.g., this could easily be accomplished using the red/yellow counters, pattern tiles, distinctly coloured glass blobs, pom poms, pretty much anything.
4) Roll dice to add or subtract (your move corresponds to the sum or difference)
5) Turn over letter cards to practice beginning sounds (then roll dice and move)
6) Turn over simple word/picture cards and say a rhyming word (then roll dice and move)
7) Challenge the children to make their pathway x number of craft sticks long, then step back to see how they accomplish that. Do they make a long straight line? Do they make a pathway of segments going in different directions?
8) Lay out the pathways in groups of 2, 5 or 10 to practice skip-counting.
9) After the game is played estimate how many objects were used to create the pathway (count and check). Go around the room and estimate how many objects your classmates uses (count and check).
10) Turn over sight word cards. Read correctly, roll and move.
See what I mean? The possibilities are endless!
Thanks, Sally. I LOVE this idea!
On another note, guess who I met yesterday? Give up?
Sandi from rubber boots and elf shoes!!!!
We met at Starbucks and had the best time! I've been following Sandi for over a year now, and this beautiful woman is just as smart, fun and gracious as I imagined she'd be.
We might be meeting up again next week with another blogger. If we do, I'll be sure to snap a picture:)