Activity 51 – Play and Say*
Age Range – Preschool and Up
Area Being Developed – Social & Language Development, a Relationship-Building Activity
Here is a fun poem that is designed to be a vehicle for practicing pleasant social interactions.
The first two lines are for participation. The next five are for listening. The last part is for participating again.
Hello, what is your name?
How old are you?
Glad to meet you.
Yes, it’s true.
Let’s play a game that’s fun to do.
Listen to the words I choose,
And tell me what it is you use.
What do you drink from?
What do you eat with?
What is the food on?
What do you like to eat?
What do you like to drink?
What do you like to play?
What do you like to say?
Start by asking the first question. Wait for an answer. Then ask the second question following the same procedure. When you start line three, put out your hand for a handshake and start the “Glad to meet you” section of the poem.
The last part is for developing verbal expression. After much repetition, you and your child will get to know this poem like an old friend. You will be able to take it with you from memory wherever you go. It can be a diversion on a car ride, at a park, or in any place of your choice.
*Adapted from Make Your Own Preschool Games: A Personalized Play and Learn Program by Sally Goldberg, p. 46
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