This is a great game for kinesthetic learners - you need to stretch, jump and run, all while practicing spelling words!
- Tissue paper
- Piece of paper (the bigger the better)
- Random empty boxes or other "obstacles"
I started out by cutting the tissue paper into strips. (The orange color was only because we'd gotten it with a package and it's not like I was going to doing anything wild like get rid of it or anything!) Then I wrote the spelling words she was having trouble with that week on the ends. I hung them up in the doorway with tape.
Then I hung a jumbo piece of paper in the living room and placed a marker on the floor in front of it. That was the extent of my set-up.
When Kay got home, she usually plays a while before we start on homework stuff, but she saw the dangling tissue paper strips, heard the words "new game", and wanted to play it NOW. I told her she would need some obstacles. We raided the recycling bin for a couple of Amazon boxes and a shoe box. We set them up on the path between the tissue paper strips and the jumbo paper.
I explained that her challenge was to grab a spelling word, shout it out, then dash into the living room, jumping over the obstacles, to write the word on the sheet of paper. Then she'd hand the strip to me and get "one point". (We never actually added points; she just likes to hear "That's another point for you!")
She was excited to get started and was totally into it. The only thing I'll change next time it to make the strips just a little longer - although maybe the extra jumping and stretching isn't such a bad thing for her; moving *is* how she learns best!
To top it off, she ended it all by making up her own game - I'd drop a strip of tissue paper and she'd have to catch it as it floated toward the floor. Not bad - two impromptu games revolving around tissue paper!