ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK
Using clothespins or similar materials, you can combine simple matching with different tactile materials to assist your child with remembering characters.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Wooden clothespins, tokens, bottle caps, cards, etc.
- A4 sheet of paper
Optional materials: laminator and laminating sheets if you want your materials to last longer, whiteboard, dry erase marker
HOW TO MAKE
- On an A4 sheet of paper, write a bunch of different characters all over in varying sizes and colors. If you are using clothespins, make sure you write the characters on the edge of the sheet.
- On the wooden clothespins or bottle caps, write the same characters (one on each)
Alternative options: You can also write with a dry eraser marker on a whiteboard or laminated sheet. If the characters can be represented by a picture (eg: a mountain for 山), draw the picture on the sheet instead.
HOW TO PLAY
Matching Characters (age 3+, single/multi player)
1) Place the sheet in front of your child along with all the pins or bottle caps.
2) Have your child match the pins by clipping onto the sheet or by placing the bottle caps on top of the matching character.
Multiplayer version: Have multiple sheets and bottle caps and they can do the activity at the same time. Or, the kids can work together on the same sheet. Or, you can have only ONE set of pins/caps and whoever makes the most matches wins.
Alternative ideas: If the children are older, you can add a timed element to the game. They can have 30 seconds to match as many as they can. Or you can have more characters on the sheet of paper. Or you can have more characters on the sheet than pins or vice versa.