There is no better time than the present to begin fostering your talented and creative young learner’s knack for improvisation. With this “anytime, anywhere” game, kids can get a giggle while increasing their vocabulary, especially those ever-important directionality words like on top, behind, below, next-to, or around. Such vocabulary words are an integral factor in the listening and speaking goals set for kindergarten students, as well as a facilitator for dynamic writing skills.
What You Do:
- The goal of the game is to turn the object into as many other things as you can by using it in unconventional ways.
- Once your child finds a new way to use the object, or a way to make it look like something it isn’t, she must explain what the object is now. For example, an empty cup in the car can be a duck’s bill (by putting it over the mouth and nose) or a party hat (by putting it on top of your head) or a telescope (by pointing it outside the car.) Get it? Think, “Whose Line is It Anyway?”
- You may have to be the first player at bat for this game so your little scholarly-actors-in-training can get the gist of it. Beware: once they get the hang of this one, it may be hard to stop! Fits of silliness and laughter may ensue!
- For those itty-bitty students who may still struggle with describing their improvisations, you can help out by describing what they’ve done, but leaving out a key vocabulary word for them to fill in. (“You put the cup over your ________ [eye, nose, bellybutton]!”)
It's time for “Vocabulary Improvement on the Fly,” starring The Cutest Kid Ever: take one!
Lawren Allphin is a kindergarten teacher in Castro Valley, CA. She holds a degree in Psychology and has extensive experience working with Severely Emotionally Disabled (SED) children.