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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Games to Make and Learn


Toys, Games & Puzzles- Day 3- Games to Make and Learn
Homeschool in a Crisis- Day 4
Hands-on Projects- Day 5

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click Toys, Games, & Puzzles.


I am a huge play based learning type of gal. I feel that children
learn best while they are having fun. If they are entertained then
their interest is peeked and then the educational value of the activity goes
up. Now I know that not all things need to be educational but seriously
If they don't know they are learning then why not. Who says it can't be a
hoopla of entertainment. Let me guide you through the steps of creating
your own fun game.

Before we get started on our steps though there is something
that I want you to know....

You don't have to do it yourself

There was a time where I created all of the games for my children.
I have learned  that they can learn just as much from
creating the game itself.  If you are playing a spelling game. Your
child will get practice writing the words on the game board.
If you are studying history terms they can create the questions on
index cards. All of this is pre-practice to the game. You will be
surprised at how much they pick up in the process of creating. They
also will be more likely to want to play because they created it.


Step 1 - Plan games topic



First you have to know what the purpose of your game will be. Will it be
to study history , practice phonics words, learn musical instrument families
or  the names of colors in Spanish. Whatever it is you are doing just
make sure you start with a plan. If this is your child's first game creation
you might want to give them some guidelines. (more on that in step 3)

Step 2- Gather supplies
The next step is for you to gather some supplies. Search around your
house for things that you have multiple of like mini erasers, small toys,
little animals (game pieces), Legos, blocks, dice, spinners (dollar store has
blank spinners that you can write on), letter tiles, and plastic spoons just to
name a few. The ideas are endless. I love checking out seasonal items in the
stores. There are often some really good options for only a few dollars.
Once you get started it will be hard for you to stop.


(examples of game pieces shapes, bottle caps with sight words written
on them , gram cubes and bingo chips. )



You can also find a lot of game resources on the web game boards,
spinners and printable dice. I have created a pin Board on Pinterest for
Making your own games. Another easy printable is  Bingo. There
are various Bingo games on my pin board and some that you can create
and then print from scratch . So you could put your own words or terms
into the game and it will create various cards for you with the terms mixed
up. Another great way to create game boards is to give your child a pack of
stickers or some stamps and a file folder. The file folder will be the game
board and the stickers will be where the child lands. They can add their
own fun spaces as they go along with the sticker spots. Say I gave the
children a pack of dinosaur stickers. Maybe every time they land on a
 T-rex they go back one space. They can create slides or ladders to climb
as well. The ideas are endless

(answer can be spelled with stamps, letter beads, magnet
letters and letter dice)


You might also want to begin looking to your recycles. You can save the
caps off of soda bottles and laundry detergents for game pieces or for
hockey pucks etc... Milk cartons make great scoops when cut or
storage containers for game supplies. Old plastic table clothes can
be used with sharpie to create game boards. Card board can be used for
various things. Yogurt smoothie containers make great bowling games.
 Another thing I have done is used blank pieces of craft
foam for game tiles and laid them on the floor of our house taking us
all around the home creating a life sized game.

(blank spinners for board games , erasers for markers, dominoes for math
games or determining your turn, and sand trays for writing answers)
Once you have found some supplies then its time to decide what things
you are going to use. See the next step.

Step 3- Presenting the materials and guidelines
For first time game makers it is good to have a guide for them .
You can give them the guide with some supplies. I like to give them
a few items to work with and then I let them go. They come up with some
amazing games and often play them for hours.




Step 3- begin preparing the gameThis is the easy step. Mom and Dad sit back and watch the
creativity flow. Sometimes I have a child create a game for themselves
to play .Other times I'll have older children make something for their
sibling. Really its win, win for me because I get to blog a little longer.
(smile) Most of the time I end up watching and helping them.

Step 4- Have a fun time learning
Last step have fun and play the game. Enjoy listening to the
directions and giggling over their ideas. Early elementary kids
kids are all about the rules.

Have fun making games.
Warm blessings,

Nikki






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