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Unread Apr 24th, 2008, 02:48 am
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Default Simple and fun body drawing game for young kids

I'm not an English teacher; I work as a translator and interpreter in Japan, but I'm asked to visit preschools and kindergartens at least once a week, so I like simple games.

I decided to try this one time, and it was very successful, so I thought I'd share this little game to teach body parts with a little number practice thrown in:

All you need is 2 dice and a black/white board (or any large writing surface).

One die is a standard numbered die, while the other has various body parts on it (alternatively you could use cards if you wanted to have more than 6 options). Start by drawing a basic shape for the body's torso (I also draw the head but that's up to you); the kids will be drawing the body parts. Have each child come up one by one and throw both dice. That child must draw on the body the part that was rolled, with the amount of said part being the number of the second die (i.e. 3 arms or 6 eyes) (the children must of course say the number and body part that was rolled). Continue until the body is complete. You can get some really funny looking bodies and a lot of laughter from the kids.

Variation:

Have you or someone else roll the dice and have each student draw their own picture on a piece of paper. This is good as it moves faster and allows for better participation in larger classes, but the fun of everybody watching the body getting built is lost.

Anyway, that's it. It's nothing special, but it's good to keep young kids interested for a little while.
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Unread Apr 25th, 2008, 10:13 am
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Default Re: Simple and fun body drawing game for young kids

Hey! great idea!...I am going to use it with my 3rd graders. I am sure they are going to love it!
I´ll let you know.
Best Regards!
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Default Re: Simple and fun body drawing game for young kids

That does sound like a good idea! My students are usually working individually or in small groups, and I think this could be a good way to have a more advanced student helping one who is struggling a bit. And great to inspire creativity too!

Thanks!
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Great idea! I will try this tomorrow with my 3rd graders! Thanks!
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Default Re: Simple and fun body drawing game for young kids

I think it's a great and fun idea!!! And exciting! The sillier the better should i say!
I know it's a great game till about 8 years old, do you think its too childish for 8 to 11years old?
It sure is great to display the drawings in the classroom.
Do you have any ideas like this one? Is it adaptable (transposable) to another type of vocabulary?
For those who tried it : how did your kids like it?
Did you add words like hats and shoes?
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Unread May 10th, 2010, 06:25 pm
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Default Re: Simple and fun body drawing game for young kids

Here's a similar idea for a game to practice body parts vocabulary.
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