More Radical Fun Games

Continuing on from our previous post on activities for teaching children Chinese radicals, we have included a few more in this post. A few of these activities are geared more for younger children - but the last one is definitely for older kids who have more characters under their belt.

ACTIVITIES OF THE WEEK

Most of these activities focus on matching and locating the radicals within a character. Hopefully, your younger children will have so much fun that they won’t notice learning anything.


Radical Easter Egg (age 3+, single or multiple players)

 WHAT YOU NEED 
  • Sheets of paper
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Plastic Easter Eggs
 HOW TO PREPARE 
  • Cut many tiny cards that can fit into a plastic Easter Egg
  • Write several pairs of radicals on the cards
  • Put cards into the Easter Eggs
  • Hide them throughout your house or a room (you can skip this if you want)
 HOW TO PLAY 
  1. Have the children go find the eggs
  2. After all the eggs are found, have them open the eggs and then pair up and match the radicals. They will have to work together if there are multiple children.
 ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PLAY 

Depending on the age of your child, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity by:

  1. Using more radicals (vs having lots of the same radicals)
  2. Instead of pairing radicals with a matching radical, have radicals pairing with characters with that radical. (eg: 亻/個)
  3. Using characters that on first glance could have several radical options (eg: 好, 字, 古)
  4. If your children are really young, you may want to use only the easiest radicals (eg: 口,手,目,人).

Radicals Memory Matching (age 3+, single or multi players)

 WHAT YOU NEED 
  • Sheets of paper
  • Pen/Pencil
 HOW TO PREPARE 
  • Cut many tiny cards that can fit into a plastic Easter Egg
  • Write several pairs of radicals on the cards
 HOW TO PLAY 
  1. Mix up the cards and place them face down on the floor.
  2. Have the first child flip over two cards. If they match, they keep the pair and can either go again or have the next child go.
  3. Take turns until all cards are paired.

 ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PLAY 

Depending on the age of your child, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity by:

  1. Using more radicals (vs having lots of the same radicals)
  2. Instead of pairing radicals with a matching radical, have radicals pairing with characters with that radical. (eg: 亻/個)
  3. Using characters that on first glance could have several radical options (eg: 好, 字, 古)
  4. If your children are really young, you may want to use only the easiest radicals (eg: 口,手,目,人).

Below is a video showing how to play the Radicals Memory Matching game.


Radicals Detective Game (age 3+, single or multi players)

 WHAT YOU NEED 
  • Sheets of paper
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Or Sagebooks Study Cards
  • Tiny tokens or circles/rings
 HOW TO PREPARE 
  • Write several characters or use the Sagebooks Study Cards

 HOW TO PLAY 
  1. Shuffle the cards.
  2. Either give each child a card of their own or work on one card together.
  3. Have each child put a token or ring on every possible radical in the character (or take turns).
 ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PLAY 

Depending on the age of your child, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity by:

  1. Using very complex characters with multiple radical options.
  2. If your children are really young, you may want to use only the easiest radicals (eg: 口,手,目,人).
  3. If you have mixed age groups, you may want to have the children use separate cards.

Radicals Elimination Game (age 5+, single or multi players)

 WHAT YOU NEED 
  • Sheets of paper
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Timer
 HOW TO PREPARE 
  • Write radicals on the cards
 HOW TO PLAY 
  1. Hand each child a sheet of paper and write the numbers 1-10.
  2. Mix up the radical cards and draw a card.
  3. Draw a card and show the children the radical.
  4. Set a timer for 1-2 minutes and have the children write as many characters as possible (up to 10) within that time limit.
  5. Then, have one child read all their answers. After each answer, if someone else also wrote that character, they will all cross that character off the list.
  6. After the first child is done, go to the next child. If they have any characters left, they can read them and again, if someone else wrote that character, they will all cross that character off.
  7. Keep repeating until no one has any overlapping characters left.
  8. Winner is the one with the most unique characters written for the radical.

 

 ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PLAY 

This is a very difficult activity so depending on the age of your child, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity by:

  1. Using radicals with more options vs rarer radicals.
  2. If children are too competitive, you don’t have to eliminate all the characters they have in common and instead have the children see if they can beat themselves and see how many characters they can come up within the time limit. (vs. limiting to ten)
  3. If your children are really young, you may want to use only the easiest radicals (eg: 口,手,目,人).

Below is a video showing how to play the Radicals Elimination game.

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

Stop comparing.

Thanks to modern social media, we see how others are doing in their lives more than ever before. Because of that, it’s very easy to compare ourselves with how our peers or our children’s peers are doing.

Resist the urge to compare you and your children to others. People usually only show the highlights and not the effort or hardships. This will only make you and your children miserable. After all, what does it matter how other people are doing? Whether they do well or not has zero impact on your child’s progress.

Instead, focus on the end goal:  literacy and fluency .

Have these tips been helpful? We’d love to hear from you in our Facebook Group and we hope to see you there.

 

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