The teacher begins by saying, "I'm going on a trip and I'm taking names an object. First child says, "I'm going on a trip and I'm taking names teacher's object and names a second object. Next child says, "I'm going on a trip and I'm taking teacher's object, first child's object, and names a third object. The game continues as each child tries to remember previous objects. When a child forgets, begin the game all over again.


Hint! Name objects in alphabetical order. For example, first person says something that begins with an A, second person names something that begins with a B, and so on. "Pack a picnic" basket with food instead of a suitcase and play in a similar way.


You will need two fly swatters of different colors to play this game. Divide the children into two teams. Write the numbers 1-10 on the chalkboard. Give a fly swatter to one child on each team. Have them come to the front of the room. Call out a math problem. The first child to "swat" (hit) the correct answer on the board gets a point for his or her team. Each of these two children then passes the fly swatter to other friends on their teams and the game continues.

Hint! Adapt what your write on the chalkboard to the ability of the children or skills you are working on. For example, you could write numbers 1-20 for older children; write letters or shapes for younger children; write high frequency words, etc.
Make mini-fly swatters by stapling a 1.5" cardboard square to a straw.


Cut string or yarn into 18"-24" pieces. Pass a string out to each child. Have children hold the string with one hand and drag the other end on the floor. Explain that on the end of their string they have an imaginary pet. Ask children, "What is your pet? What is it's name? What does it eat? What do you and your pet like to do together?"


You can use a small ball, bean bag, or stuffed animal for this game. Children sit or stand in a circle. Children begin passing the "hot potato" (ball or bean bag) around the room when the music starts. Explain that it is a "hot potato" and they need to pass it quickly to the next friend. When the music stops, the one holding the "hot potato" is out of the game and must leave the circle. If two children are holding it, they are both out. The last child remaining is the winner. Begin the game again.

Hint! You can also play a similar game called "Pass the Parcel" at class parties. Wrap a small toy or book in