- Large rubber ball
- Social awareness
- Hand-eye coordination
Catch your name. Gather children in a circle and tell them that they are going to play a game using a ball. Explain that you will stand in the center of the circle and throw the ball to each child. When one catches the ball, he or she will say his or her name and then throw it back to you. Go around the circle a few times so children have an opportunity to learn the game and each other's names. Invite children to take turns throwing the ball to each of their classmates.
Throw it to a friend. Once children have learned all of their classmates' names, invite them to play this game. Suggest children make a circle, and let one child begin the game by calling out the name of one of his or her friends and then throwing the ball to that child. The child who catches the ball will call out another child's name before throwing the ball to him or her. Assist children to make sure that all of their classmates are included in the game.
Catch your name and boogie. Invite children to make a circle. Ask one child to step into the center of the circle to start the game. Explain that the child in the center will throw the ball in the air and call out the name of one of his or her classmates. The child whose name is called will run to the center of the circle and catch the ball. Once the ball is caught, he or she will then create a simple movement like wiggling, jumping, or moving his or her arms. Everyone follows along. Play lively music to accompany the game.
Remember: If you are playing the game with very young children, you can ask them to sit in the circle and roll the ball instead of throwing it.
Rhyme Time: Send home a photocopy of a nursery rhyme or poem for children to learn with their families. Include a sheet a drawing paper so that children can also create a drawing about their rhyme.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
Name Game: During group time, invite children to sit in a circle. Tell them that they are going to play a rhyming name game. Choose a child and ask her to say her name. Then go around the circle and encourage children think of as many words as they can that rhyme with that child's name. They can be real or pretend words. Then, go to the next child and start rhyming again. Clap hands to add rhythm to the game.
Gaspard and Lisa Ready-for-School Words by Anne Gutman (Random House Children's Books)
It's Time for School, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt (Scholastic)
Will I Have A Friend? by Miriam Cohen (Aladdin)