Polar Bear What Did You Hear? Memory Game

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Animal Sounds Memory!  To play this game, print and cut out 4 copies of the first sheet with all the animals and one of the sheet with zookeeper.

Players: 2 or more

Object of the Game:  to memorize the noises and mimes of the animals in the right order.

1. Shuffle the deck and then place it face down in the center of the table. Decide who goes first.

2. The first player draws a card and places it face up next to the deck.  She says what the animal is and imitates the sound and gestures for that animal.

3.  The second player draws a card, places it face up on top of the first player’s card.  He makes the sound and mimes the animal on the first card and then of the card he has just turned over.  And so on and so forth until a player gets an animal or it’s sound.

4.  Once a card is turned over and covered by the next player’s card, it should not be turned over and covered again.

5.  When a player makes a mistake, instead of reshuffling the deck and beginning all over – the player takes a penalty card from the face up pile. Whoever has the most penalty cards (once all the cards have been turned over) begins the next round.

Variation – at the beginning of the game, set a time limit on how long the game will last. The winner is the person with the least penalty cards.

Other uses for the cards – you can also use these cards to play memory the classic way, Go Fish!  or Guess Who?

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Workshop

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We read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  to get the kids familiar with letters in English.  (Instead you get Miss Tracy from Little Story Bug :o)  It’s a fun a rhythmic story all about letters! And then the kids go to decorate the letters of their name.

Here’s what you will need: pipe cleaners, yarn scraps

1. Use the pipe cleaners to shape the letters of your name.  (If you run out of pipe cleaners just take another one and twist the ends together and keep going). This was actually quite a challenge trying to figure out how to keep all the letters joined together, even if the kids wrote their name in cursive.

2. Then take a bit of yarn (we used anywhere from a foot to 2 feet) and start wrapping.  Try and wrap in a way that the end of the piece of yarn you are using and the end of the old piece of yarn get tucked underneath. If you can’t just make sure you tuck the ends under one strand as you finish, so your letter won’t unravel later on.

3. Don’t get bent out of shape if your letters got bent out of shape, just reshape it back into the correct position.  The yarn will help the letters be stiffer and hold their form better.  Now you have your name written in really cool fancy letters!

There weren’t too many steps to make this project, so it sounds like it’s pretty easy, but it’s actually pretty challenging.  It’s not easy to make all the letters of your name join up and then it takes a lot of hand eye coordination and fine motor skills to finish the project.  So good luck and have fun!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is also a song:

Just for fun, here is the hip hop version:

Thanks to Bloesm Kids for the artistic inspriation!

Mr Clicketty Cane

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Mr Clicketty Cane is such a silly song to learn daily activities.  Kids think it is so funny and crack up every time they sing it.  It’s a great song because there is a lot of movement and acting out you can do while singing.  Here are some cards to teach the silly vocabulary from the song and the vocabulary with the ‘normal’ words. As usual, you can learn the vocabulary by playing Memory, Go Fish, Pictionary and this is a fun game to play Charades with since you can also mime out the words!

An alternative to the traditional way to play Memory: instead of finding pairs of the same cards, try play Association Memory.  Play with just one copy of each card.

  • Separate the vocabulary from the song and the vocabulary with correct things you use to wash your face, clean your teeth ecc.
  • Turn the cards face down, as in Memory, but look for the two words that go together- ie face/orange juice.
  • As in Memory, the one who finds the most cards wins.
  • You can play again by switching the silly vocabulary with the ‘normal’ things you use and play again (so this time you will need to find face/ soap, etc).

ps In case you are wondering….The song is from an Australian man named Peter Combes.  In some regions of Australia, they call a slide a slippery dip.

Jumping Frogs Workshop

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This was a really fun workshop, we made frogs that jumped really high!  To do this you will need:

  • craft foam (it comes out better if you have a few colors)
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 2 empty yogurt pots or plastic cups
  • 1 or 2 rubber bands
  • a pencil
  • colored pens (Sharpies) work the best, but may not be appropriate for smaller kids)
  • scissors
  • a hot glue gun (to be used with the assistance of an adult)
  • an awl (or something to poke holes into the cups- this is quite dangerous, so this instrument should be used the an adult)
  • frog stencil

1. Print off a copy of the frog parts onto thick paper.  Cut out each part.

2.  Trace the frog’s parts onto craft foam with a pencil and cut each part out.  Glue the parts together to form the frog, including the googly eyes.

3. Use the Sharpies to draw on a mouth, a nose and don’t forget to draw on some speckles.

4. Have an adult poke 4 holes, equal distance (more or less) into the cups. Cut a rubber band in half and make a knot at one end.  Thread the rubber band from the outside to the inside of one hole and then thread again through the opposite hole and tie a knot.  Make sure rubber band is a little bit taut. Do the same thing with the other half of the rubber band into the remaining two holes.  Your rubber band should make a cross at the open end of the cup.  5. Glue your frog onto the cup (bottom side up).  Now you are ready to make your frog jump!

6.  Take your other yogurt cup and put it onto the ground (bottom side up), now put the frog cup on top of that, push down and let go!

(This would be a fun project to do for Easter with a rabbit too, let us know if you try it).

Thanks tobkids for this project.

Winter Clothes

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We love Miss Tracy from Little Story Bug, she sings so many great songs that make learning fun!  Let’s Get Dressed For Winter Song is a good one to keep learning clothes from the story The Jacket I Wear In The Snow:

We sing this song with a storyboard. This storyboard was sort of complicated to make, all the pieces have velcro glued to the back, but the hair, hands, socks and collar of the jacket are redone in felt.  You can print out the colored version or color your own in the black and white.  If you draw little tabs onto the clothes, you can use them as paper dolls.

 

Brown Bear

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is another great book for ESL kids. All kids love animals, each animal has a color and there is a lot of repetition.  After a few animals, kids get the repetition and will start to chant along with you as you read and they will get used to hearing/saying sentences in the correct order.  For example children in Italy often say the noun and adjective backward in a sentence (bear brown), since that is how the sentence is structured in Italian.

As usual we have a game to go along with the story- It’s Brown Bear Bingo:

We play this game a little differently than regular bingo.  Since animals make different sounds for different countries, try it like this:  Instead of calling out the animal and then covering the space, when you fish out a maker, keep it hidden and make the animals sound.  The first person to raise his hand and say the correct animal’s name and color wins the maker and can cover that space on his board (only one person wins a marker at a time). The exception to this is for mother and children, since these are a bit harder for kids, instead of saying what they are, we just turn the card around and whoever says the correct answer first wins the marker.

The first person to cover the whole board wins.

*Variation-play as we have explained above, but instead of raising the kids raising their hands and shouting the answer, if you have plush toys for each animal (even of the wrong color)-have the players sit in a circle, the animals go in the center, the first person to grab the correct animal and say it’s name wins the marker.  If a player grabs the incorrect animal, he does not get the marker (and its put back into the pile to be fished out again).  If a player grabs the right animal, but says the incorrect name or doesnt know the name, he does not get a marker, the marker goes back into the pile.  If the player grabs the animal and it’s not on his card, he does not get the marker, it goes back into the pile and he loses one of his marker on the board.

Enough with the rules, let’s get playing! Here are the boards:

Markers: Print one of each sheet.  Cut boards in half and cut each marker out.  And you are ready to go.

*variation-take out pairs from the markers and use them for a memory game- two games in one, what a deal!

I know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie is a funny story about a little old lady who overeats on Thanksgiving.  Who hasn’t done that before?  Read the book and see what happens to her as a result!

This is a wonderful ESL book since it introduces many traditional Thanksgiving foods and has a lot of repetition.  If you have been playing our Thanksgiving Bingo, then you will already know the vocabulary since it includes all of the things the little old lady eats.

These are pieces for a story board.:

Print them out on thick paper, laminate them, cut them out and attach magnets (or velcro) to the back.  Using a magnetic board (or a felt board), use the pieces to retell the story.  Kids love to attach the pieces and pretend to eat them or pretend to be grossed out by them-depending on what piece it is.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, this story is a Thanksgiving take on There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, a classic story and song for kids.  There are many versions and variations because it such a fun song and easy to learn.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything is a fun and not too scary story, just right for Halloween.  The little old lady is followed by various articles of clothing, but she is not afraid!  She comes up with a good compromise when they realize they just can’t scare her.  It’s a great books for ESL, because it teaches clothing and there is a lot of repetition and  fun sounds to make.

You know we love our dice games, so here is another one for you.

 First you will need to cut and glue the die together.You play just like the Five Little Pumpkins game, but this time we’ve gotten a little more clever, you can just print off the sayings and rules all together. If the sentences are too hard for your child, you can always modify them to the basics.  For example tou can say just the article of clothing with the movement or just the sound with the movement, eventually building up to the whole sentence. You will need an orange and a black face painting pencil to play this game.

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Five Little Pumpkins

Five Little Pumpkins Game

First you will need to cut and glue together the die.

Supplies: Five Little Pumpkins Die, 1 orange face painting pencil, 1 black face painting pencil, 1 pumpkin hat/necklace/(or something to indicate who the Pumpkin Master is).

The Pumpkin Master’s job is to throw the die, determine who the last person to say and the action that goes with each symbol is and to draw the parts of a jack-o-lantern (orange circle, 2 black eyes, 1 nose, 1 mouth) one piece at a time on to that person’s cheek.

1. Go over the actions and what to say with each symbol.

2. The Pumpkin Master is chosen (by age, by counting games etc) he (or she) wears the pumpkin hat, holds the two pencils and throws the die.

3. The Pumpkin Master throws the die.  Everybody says the phrase and does the action that goes with each symbol.

4. The Pumpkin Master draws an orange circle onto the cheek of the last person to say the phrase and do the action.  If someone makes a mistake and says the wrong phrase and does the wrong action, the Pumpkin Master draws a circle on that players face too.

5. After (approximately) three throws of the die, the Pumpkin Master changes to the person on the first Pumpkin Master’s left, he/she gets the hat, the die and the 2 face paint pencils.

6. The first person to get all the parts of a jack-o-lantern drawn on his or her face is a Jack-o-Lantern and the game is ended (or starts all over again).

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It’s October, the month of our favorite holiday!

The 10 Little Indians Song can be done with any theme!  Since it’s the month of Halloween, here it is with a monster theme:

Ready to play Build a Monster?

Print out the eyes, ears, mouths and noses onto printable magnetic paper or sticker paper or just some sort of thick paper and then cut out the pieces (there are a lot of pieces all squished together to make sure you get the most use out of your magnetic paper).

Now print out some bodies:

If you used the magnetic paper you will need something iron in back to make the pieces stick.  We glued paper clips to where the eyes, ears, mouths and noses should be.  You could also play on top of a dry erase board or cookie sheet.

Print, cut out and glue the die:

Now you are ready to play. The object of the game is to be the first to complete a monster.

1) Take all the pieces and put them into a pile (you can separate the different body parts into different piles or dishes).

2) Decide who goes first (try a counting rhyme :o)

3) The first player rolls the die, says what piece is showing on the top of the die and once she says it, she can choose a piece from the pile. Next, she passes the die to the person on her left and so on and so forth.

4) The first player to complete have a body, 2 eyes, 2 ears, 1 mouth and one nose must rub their hands together, give an evil laugh and say ‘I’m an evil genius, my monster is complete!” or something silly like that.

Have fun you crazy evil geniuses!

This game is good to play when learning Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes too!