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October 21, 2014

Four Games for the Fall

By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    Here are four super-easy, super-cheap games to practice beginning kindergarten skills. I got all the needed materials at my local Dollar Tree, all in one shopping trip.

     

    1. Cheering for the Alphabet

    • Number of players: 4

    • Materials:

    • Two plastic megaphones ($1 each, Dollar Tree)

    • One pair of pom-poms ($1, Dollar Tree)

    • Dry erase board and marker

    • Object: Letter practice

     

    How to Play:

    Watch this video for an idea of how the game is played.

     

     

    Transcript:

    "What's this letter?"

    "The letter 'A.' Give me an A!"

    "A! What's that sound?"

    "A says /a/!"

    "Yay!"

     

    Play proceeds in a clockwise direction, with students switching roles when the letters change.

     

    2. Sight Word Telephone

     

     

    • Number of players: 2 or more

    • Materials:

    • Two plastic cups ($1 for pack of 20, Dollar Tree)

    • String or pipe cleaners

    • Object: Sight word practice

     

    How to Play:

    You can do this without any materials at all and just have students whisper the word to one another. But we like to use a cup-and-string telephone. In order to do this, poke a hole in the bottom of each cup, and add string or pipe cleaners to connect them. Have students sit in a circle. If you've ever played classic Telephone, you'll know how this works. The first player says a sight word into one end of the telephone, while the second player listens. Then the second player repeats what he or she heard to the third player, and so on. The last player says the word out loud. Was it the same word the first player said?

     

    3. Rock-Paper-Scissors: Numbers Edition

    • Number of players: 2

    • Materials:

    • None

    • Object:  Number practice

     

    How to Play:

    Just like traditional Rock-Paper-Scissors, except that students hold up one to ten fingers. Watch this video for a demonstration of the game by two kindergartners.

     

     

    Highest or lowest (you decide) number wins.

     

    4. Blast the Letter

     

     

    • Number of players: 2

    • Materials:

    • Water blaster ($1, Dollar Tree)

    • Sidewalk chalk ($1 for pack of 12, Dollar Tree)

    • Water

    • Object: Letter sound practice

     

    How to Play:

    Make some letters on the pavement with the sidewalk chalk. Player One calls out a sound, and Player Two has to find the letter and blast it with a stream of water. Expect giggles!

     

    Join us for an exclusive video with Taylor Swift about books, and how reading and writing have influenced her.

    Here are four super-easy, super-cheap games to practice beginning kindergarten skills. I got all the needed materials at my local Dollar Tree, all in one shopping trip.

     

    1. Cheering for the Alphabet

    • Number of players: 4

    • Materials:

    • Two plastic megaphones ($1 each, Dollar Tree)

    • One pair of pom-poms ($1, Dollar Tree)

    • Dry erase board and marker

    • Object: Letter practice

     

    How to Play:

    Watch this video for an idea of how the game is played.

     

     

    Transcript:

    "What's this letter?"

    "The letter 'A.' Give me an A!"

    "A! What's that sound?"

    "A says /a/!"

    "Yay!"

     

    Play proceeds in a clockwise direction, with students switching roles when the letters change.

     

    2. Sight Word Telephone

     

     

    • Number of players: 2 or more

    • Materials:

    • Two plastic cups ($1 for pack of 20, Dollar Tree)

    • String or pipe cleaners

    • Object: Sight word practice

     

    How to Play:

    You can do this without any materials at all and just have students whisper the word to one another. But we like to use a cup-and-string telephone. In order to do this, poke a hole in the bottom of each cup, and add string or pipe cleaners to connect them. Have students sit in a circle. If you've ever played classic Telephone, you'll know how this works. The first player says a sight word into one end of the telephone, while the second player listens. Then the second player repeats what he or she heard to the third player, and so on. The last player says the word out loud. Was it the same word the first player said?

     

    3. Rock-Paper-Scissors: Numbers Edition

    • Number of players: 2

    • Materials:

    • None

    • Object:  Number practice

     

    How to Play:

    Just like traditional Rock-Paper-Scissors, except that students hold up one to ten fingers. Watch this video for a demonstration of the game by two kindergartners.

     

     

    Highest or lowest (you decide) number wins.

     

    4. Blast the Letter

     

     

    • Number of players: 2

    • Materials:

    • Water blaster ($1, Dollar Tree)

    • Sidewalk chalk ($1 for pack of 12, Dollar Tree)

    • Water

    • Object: Letter sound practice

     

    How to Play:

    Make some letters on the pavement with the sidewalk chalk. Player One calls out a sound, and Player Two has to find the letter and blast it with a stream of water. Expect giggles!

     

    Join us for an exclusive video with Taylor Swift about books, and how reading and writing have influenced her.

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