WHY? visual skills, environmental print, letter matching, sets and
WHAT? cardboard cut in 3” squares, stickers, markers, zip bag
HOW? Take 10 cardboard squares and put like stickers (or draw like pictures) on two of the squares. Place the cards face down on the floor or on a table. One at a time, children turn over two cards. If the stickers on the cards match, then they may keep the pair and have another turn. If the cards do not match, then the next person may have a turn. Children must use visual memory skills to try and remember where matching pairs are.
Hint! Start with 10 cards and increase the amount as children become more successful.
MORE? Use holiday and seasonal stickers to make concentration games.
Make games from food boxes. Cut the fronts and backs off the boxes. First, have children match up the fronts and backs from the boxes. Then place the boxes face down on the floor and use them to play a concentration game. (Trim the boxes so they are a similar size.)
Make concentration games where children match upper and lowercase letters, sets and numerals, rhyming pictures, objects that go together (shoe and sock, comb and brush), and so forth.
Use children’s photos to make memory games.
Old Maid cards and playing cards can also be used for concentration.
WHY? initial sounds, categories
WHAT? 2 sheets of poster board of different colors, marker
HOW? Cut the poster board into 4” squares. You will need 23 squares of each color. On one color print alphabet letters. (Print “u & v” on the same card and “x, y, z” on another card.) On the other color print one of the categories below:
|something in the yard||an animal|
|fruit or vegetable||movie star|
|something in the kitchen||body part|
|river, lake, or ocean||town or city|
|country or state||a machine|
|type of transportation||a food|
|something you wear||an action|
|something in the zoo||a plant|
|a toy||a book|
|a song||a boy|
|a famous person||a girl|
|something in the school||a game|
|a TV show||a feeling|
|a color||an occupation|
|restaurant or store||something that flies|
Shuffle up each set of cards. Draw a card from the “letter
pile” and a card from the “category pile.” Encourage the
children to make the sound of the letter. Can they think of a
word in the category that begins with that sound?
MORE? When introducing this game, simply play it as a large group activity and do not keep score. As children become more proficient, divide the class into teams and give points to the first team to come up with a word that fits the category. Children may also enjoy playing this game in small groups.
Adapt the categories to the age and ability of your students. For example, you could use adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs, prepositions, mammals, etc. for older students.
*Use these categories to practice rapid naming.
*A pizza cardboard or paper plate can also be used to make a “poke and peek” game.