22 Dec Christmas Talking
Christmas day is almost upon us! How are you planning on entertaining your little ones once the mahem of present-opening is done? Lots of us enjoy playing games with family, but how can we get the children involved? Here are some fun games that support learning as well:
- Feely bag; this game is good after present opening where there will be lots of toys to put in a big feely bag. The children have to guess the items in the bag; a barbie doll, a ball, a car etc. You could always put two of the same things in the bag (if you have any) and they have to feel around to find the pair of items.
- Syllable clapping. Everyone can sit in a circle and someone starts by saying their name loudly, slowly and clearly. Everyone else has to repeat back only by clapping not saying the name – “jon-a-than” = 3 claps from everyone. Keep going around the circle until everyone has a turn
- Emotions game; divide into 2 teams with some pictures of different emotions. Someone in each team has to act out the emotion – happy, sad, angry, confused, scared etc and the other team have to guess
- For the older ones; Mrs Brown went to the Christmas market and bought…
- Secret santa – someone in the room is secretly given a noisy toy and the children have to listen very carefully to hear and find who’s got it.
- Present hunt – Give the child/ren direct instructions on where/how to find their presents (it is behind the sofa, on the table). You can make this more or less complex according to your child’s age
- Story time – Time to talk about the gifts that have been received and how/where and when we plan on playing with them
Just a few ideas! If you have any more ideas to share let us know!