Let's Play! - Games That Teach
Let's Play | Bucket | Shine | Show
Me | Flippers | Puzzlers
Stomp | Ogre | Concentration | Catch | Letter
WHY? letters, numerals, shapes, colors, high
WHAT? flashcards, number or letter cards,
shape cards, colors
HOW? Allow the children to take off their
shoes for this game. Divide the class
into two teams and have them form two lines facing each other.
flashcards on the floor in between the two teams. One player from each
team comes forward.
Call out a word. The first child to "stomp" on
word with their foot gets a point for their team.
The first two children
return to their teams and two more children come to the front of the room.
Call out another word. The first child to "stomp" on it gets
a point for
their team. The game continues as different children try to be the first
to "stomp" on words.
Hint! Tally the points on the board as the game is played.
Adapt this game for colors, letters, numbers and
You can play a similar game called "pick up" where you call out
and the first child to pick it up gets a point for their team.
Another version is called "swat it." You will need two fly swatters
to play this game.
Write numerals or words on the chalkboard. One child
each team comes forward and holds a fly swatter. The teacher calls out
a math problem, and their first child to "swat" (hit) the correct
a point for their team.
WHY? kinesthetic learning
WHAT? no materials are needed
HOW? Call out a letter. Have children look
around the room. When they see that
letter, they may stand up and go touch it. Continue calling out different
letters for the children to identify.
Make sounds and have children touch something
that begins with that
Call out colors, shapes, rhyming words, numbers, etc. for children to
Play this game out on the playground.
You can also use this game for comprehension. Have children find the
main character in a book and touch it. Can they find other details in the story
and touch the picture?
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