Tip – Use art and creativity as a fun way to enhance your students’ listening skills.
Here are two easy ways to do this: Stringing Beads and Creating Artistic Designs. You will probably think of others.
Tell your students to string a few beads at a time in a certain order. Here are some examples:
- Blue and then red
- Yellow, blue, and then red
- Blue, yellow, green, and then red
Keep adding colors to your directions up to a level of difficulty that is appropriate for your class. Three is usually plenty. Four gets hard.
Creating Artistic Designs
Give crayon or markers directions by color in whatever order you decide… something like this:
- Color with blue and then purple
- Make straight lines with red, pink, and then green
- Add circles with yellow, green, and then orange
Same as before, three usually provides an appropriate level of both challenge and success.
If you do not have beads available, you can use painted noodles, colored empty spools, or something else you find for stringing. Creativity is it. Children love it, especially in today’s times which can be so very “virtual.”
*Adapted from Make Your Own Preschool Games: A Personalized Play and Learn Program by Sally Goldberg, pp. 187-188
August! The Month of Dignity
How dignified it is to provide for your students this kind of good old-fashioned interactive play. When you see them enjoying their time, you can be pretty sure that they are benefiting a lot from their experience. That is a good deal!
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