Our Large Action Board Game combines gross motor with learning other skills. Learning new skills seems easier when the body is also at work.
This is my go to game when it is a nice day outside and I have run out of ideas. I have used this game with kids ages 2 -12. I have used it for play dates. I have used it to teach letters, reading, math, motor skills and just to have fun. Every child that who has tried this activity has enjoyed the game. In fact, one boy became obsessed with the activity and every time I went to his house there was a different game that he and his brother had made up.
- Turn Taking
- Reading (Optional)
- Motor skills (Optional)
- Math skills (Optional)
- Color Recognition (Optional)
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Any large paved area
- Large dice or spinner or rock
One of the great things about this game is you can do it anywhere and set up is quick and easy.
The idea is that that the players move ahead by throwing a dice, using a spinner or tossing a rock to the next space like you do when playing hopscotch. Then the player needs to do the action written in that square.
On the ground draw a large game board; kind of like a long hopscotch game. Write or draw instructions on most of the squares.
Ask the children to help decorate the squares while you are filling the squares with target
activity. That may be addition problems or sight words, you choose.
I always like to include gross motor as well as silliness in with target lesson. So include squares that say things like, “Do the chicken dance”, “hop on one foot 5 times”, “spin around like a helicopter”, “touch your toes 5 times”, etc.
For Math skills adjust the math problems for the age and level of the child/children. For the early learner, focus on number recognition. For the next level up, work on number correspondence: draw a certain number of items in the square and the children are supposed to tell you how many before moving on. You can use addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, fractions for higher levels.
For early reading follow similar steps as with math. You can start with letter recognition and rhymes. Then sight words or finish the sentence squares.
For young children you could simply color the squares and have them label the color that they land on.
Use a dice or spinner to move ahead or have the children throw a rock onto the squares to move ahead
What will you put on your large action game board?
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