Remember, Remember 5 Tips for November
Almost everyone loves Guy Fawkes Night – wrapping up warm, enjoying the fireworks, eating the hotdogs…great fun! And just like all activities this can be a great opportunity for supporting and developing early language skills, in the midst of all the action.
Here’s a top five activity list for you to try on Guy Fawkes night (and beyond)… how many can you manage to do?
Remembering games are a really good way to help children listen and pay attention. Try playing ‘I went to the Fireworks and I wore….’. This game is a bit like ‘My grandmother went shopping….’where you take it in turns to add a new item of clothing each time. One person says “I went to the Fireworks and I wore some wellies” and the next person must remember what has already been said and add something new e.g. “I went to the Fireworks and I wore some wellies and a scarf” and so on. How many things can you all remember?
Enjoy some fresh air and go on a ‘Listening Walk’. Make a list of things that you think you might hear before you go and tick them off as you hear them. You might hear a crackling fire, a child laughing, some music playing, a sparkler fizzing…. and so many more things! Don’t forget to tick them off of your list, and add any new ones you didn’t think of.
Play ‘Guess What’
How about playing a game of Guess What? This will help children listen to information in sentences and use clues to help them understand. Think of some words to do with Guy Fawkes Night – cut out some pictures from old magazines (or you could use real objects) and arrange them on the table (things like scarf, firework, toffee apple, muddy boots, bonfire). Tell your child that you are thinking about one of the things and give them some clues to help them work out which one you are talking about. Clues about what type of thing it is, what it is made of and what it can do are really good. Can they guess which one you were thinking of? How many clues did it take? You can let your child take a turn too to see if they can give the clues to you.
Talk about describing words as you watch the fireworks going off. Use words like fast, slow, sparkly, colourful (or name all the colours you can see), noisy, pretty, scary…the list goes on! Describing words, or adjectives, are important for children to learn so that they can build longer sentences.
Older children might like to be challenged to follow instructions to draw a picture. Can they do exactly as you ask, for example in a picture of a firework display can they “draw a red firework in the sky”? You could ask them to draw people watching the fireworks too – “draw a man with curly brown hair” and then “give him a red jumper and blue trousers”? Keep adding to your picture, with increasingly difficult instructions for example “draw a boy watching the fireworks before you draw the moon and stars”. Are they able to give you some instructions to follow too?
Whatever communication games you play with your child this Guy Fawkes Night just have fun doing them. Remember, any activity can be communication focussed.
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