Activity # 17 - 'Vocab Vortex!'  (Literacy)NEW!
A couple of readers have asked for a simple activity to help develop spelling and vocabulary. This one involves no extra expense and is very easy to achieve!
This quick game is ideal for helping kids learn the alphabet, practice spelling and improve their vocabulary. These skills are vital for the overall development of your child and they should be developed as early on in their life as possible. This activity introduces a timed game that helps to develop these key skills in a really fun manner. The activity can be completed individually or multiple children / parents can play to help increase the sense of competition.
1. Select a song...I have always used this song for activities such as this, mainly because it is well-known and makes kids think that they are in a movie!
2. Randomly choose a letter of the alphabet that each item should start with and a room to search. This is where the variation for ability comes in. Choose an easy letter such as 'S' or 'T' for younger or less able children and pick a more challenging letter like 'V' for those with a higher ability.
3. Explain to the participants that they have until the end of the song to search a certain room for objects that begin with the selected letter. They have to write the words down on a list as they go! (tell them to be careful while moving around quickly so that they don't break anything or hurt themselves)
4. Count down the time intermittently so the participants know that they have 2 minutes left, then 1 minute left, then 30 seconds etc. A longer amount of time (or helpful hints) might be needed depending on the difficulty of the letter chosen.
5. At the end, the participants read out the list of objects. They receive one point for each correct answer and an extra point for each correct spelling.
6. Set a pre-arranged target to meet (tailored to the needs of each individual) and each participant receives a reward star if this number is achieved.
7. This activity is great to play in a supermarket or similar setting. It helps pass the time for your child whilst you are shopping. They can learn new items and then look them up when they get home to find out what they are!
ii) A great game and can be completed quickly
iii) Parents can keep a record of the scores as a form of competition!
ii) Literacy development
iii) Expansion of Vocabulary
iv) Spelling improvement
ii) Pencil and paper
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