Candy, tattoos and leftover goodies
Books leftover from summer reading
Here is the gameboard I created. It is 7 pieces of paper long and 7 wide. I used yarn for chutes and masking tape for ladders.
One of the minor changes I made involved the spinner. Instead of a premade spinner or online version I made my own using a template I created. I printed it out on tagboard, then used a brass fastener to attach an arrow I cut free hand. Amazingly this homemade spinner held up until the very last spin by the very last player! My spinner used numbers rather than colors, which I liked because it helps reinforce math skills.
Another way my program was a little different from Amy's and Anna's programs is I did two rounds of prizes. The first was a book, which they could pick from my leftover summer reading stash. The second was their choice of candy, sticker or assorted goodie.
Tips and Tricks:
- Having numbered name tags for each child definitely comes in handy.
- 12 kids is probably the maximum number I would have participate. I had 8 and I think much more than that would be a little chaotic.
- K-2 was a good age group for this program. The kids seemed to understand the game pretty easily and have a lot of fun.
- Masking tape arrows that show the direction of game play are very helpful for some kids.
- The second round of prizes I did was somewhat unnecessary. By the end of the second round, some kids had to leave and our time was running out. If I were to do this program again I would stick to one kind of prize.