When you are working with children of small ages, you have to think of fun activities to stimulate their brain and get their mind going. One of my favorite games when I was a child involved nothing more than the presence of our teacher, a classroom full of kids and a chalkboard. It was called the I could eat game and if no chalkboards were available, you could hang a large piece of paper and use markers to write on it or use A Frame Signs. The game would go like this: every child in the classroom was assigned a number. If there are 20 kids in the room, then you have numbers all the way from 1 and up to 20. Each kid has to remember the number all throughout the game.
The teacher would then pick a number, like 13, and say I could eat 13 oranges. The child with number 13 would have to say Why 13 and not 16? Please note that 16 could be replaced with any other number of the other students, thus generating a chain reaction. Every child needed to be alert and if someone said their number, he would have to reply and give another number. Any delay in response would lead to elimination from the game. Each time a kid got eliminated, the teacher would cross out that number from the chalkboard and the game would start again, but ignoring the numbers of children that have been eliminated.
This game will keep your children paying attention and will also keep the classroom quiet because children will want silence to pay attention to the numbers which are being said. This is just one example of many fun games that can be played with chalkboards. You can find examples of such games online and help boost things like the child’s creativity, memory, math knowledge, responsiveness and others.
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