Guessing Traced Characters Activity

This week, the activity might cause a lot of giggles for children who are ticklish. Hopefully, they will have a good time, too.


There really isn’t much prep this week. All you need is your finger and perhaps, a few characters from which to choose.


- Your finger or chopstick
- Your bodies


- No set up or prep work this week!



Tracing (age 3+, single/multi player)

1) Choose a character (either from cards or from your brain) and write the character very slowly on your child’s back or hand.
2) Have child guess what character it is.
3) After two guesses, tell them the character and move on.
4) Take turns and/or choose another character.

Quick Tip: For younger children, you can have a selection of 3 character cards set in front of them. Tell your child that you will be writing one of those characters on their back. That way, it’s a bit easier for them to identify. For older children, you don’t have to give them a selection from which to choose. This is a little bit harder and makes them work a little more.

Alternative ideas: Instead of drawing on your child’s back or hand, you can also draw in the air. You can also use a chopstick/stylus if your finger doesn’t make a “sharp” enough impression.

If you want to make the game more competitive, you can have kids take turns guessing characters and receive a point per character they guess correctly. Also, if your first child cannot guess the answer, try on the next child to give them a chance to “steal” the point.

Guessing traced characters

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Kinesthetic learning is a learning style that uses your child’s body and physical movement to learn lessons instead of sitting down and reading or listening to a lecture. Sometimes, a simple movement or song will aid as a cue for memory more so than any amount of time drilling with flashcards.

For example, some schools teach children to use their bodies when they are learning the different tones in Mandarin. If a character is the first tone, they don’t move. For the second tone, children lift their chin and move their head up and to the right as if they are writing the tone mark with their heads. For the third tone, children move their head in a checkmark, and for the fourth tone, children move their head down and to the right.

Other than helping our children’s brains make new and different connections, these activities are also fun and hide learning under the guise of movement or crafts. There’s a reason why many schools include physical movement, songs, and crafts in their programs!

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