Blindfold Activity

This week, we’ll be removing one of your child’s senses to see if they can still write characters. Mostly, this is just a fun way to trick your kids into writing - and also test their siblings or friends’ reading.

 ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK 

Your child will be writing characters blindfolded and guessing characters other people write while blindfolded. You can also use this as a way to teach new characters and have it be a fun way to test their memory.

 WHAT YOU NEED 

- (optional) Flash cards (either your own, or you can try the new Basic Chinese Study Cards)
- Paper
- pen/pencils
- Blindfold

 HOW TO PREPARE 

- The activity is the doing so there is no preparation.

 HOW TO PLAY 

Blindfold Writing Activity (age 3+, single/multi person)

1. (optional) Place 3-5 character cards in front of your child.
2. Ask your child to choose a character to write and blindfold then them. (If your child knows enough characters to choose their own, you don’t have to give them cards.)
3. Have child write the character blindfolded and the other kids guess what character they’re writing.

Depending on the age of your child, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity. If your children are really, young, you may want to provide easier cards so they can look at the character, memorize it, then write it. For older children, you may want to provide harder characters.

Blindfold Writing Activity

I was surprised at how good my children were capable of writing even when blindfolded. I did not expect that at all! So, sadly, I think this activity was slightly anticlimactic for my almost 9 year old and 7 year old. My 5 year old thought it was too hard to think of characters to write so I think I should have shown him cards for him to write. They did have fun, though - especially because they wanted to wear the blindfold.

We would love to hear your comments and see pictures of your kids doing the activities. Make sure you join our Sagebooks HK Parent Support Facebook Group and share with us!

TIP OF THE WEEK

Keep it simple.

A lot of times, we run around frantically searching for the newest or shiniest craft or activity and stress out about supplies and making sure the kids have the latest and greatest apps and tools at their disposal. While those are fun and can definitely add to the learning experience, ultimately you don’t need to do any of those things.

Read to your children in Chinese. Speak to them in Chinese. Ask them to respond to you in Chinese.

Do this consistently and relentlessly and your children will learn Chinese just fine.

It’s been great to see folks participate in our Facebook Group and we hope to see you there.

Posted in 家庭教學實錄 Learning Journal.