Early Learners Games And Activities

Belinda Butler is the author of one of my favourite play focused blogs Everyday Play. Belinda is a qualified kindergarten teacher and the mother of two young children.

Late last year Belinda posted about a booklet she had written with a friend of hers called “Early Learners Games and Activities“. I love the activities Belinda posts about so I purchased a copy of the booklet and it has been such a great tool to have around.

The activities in the book are all simple and only require objects that you have around the house. The format of the booklet is very much like a recipe book – with each activity having a section on what you will need, what to do, the benefits of the activity and things that you can say to your child whilst they are playing.

Play Based Learning Games and ActivitiesAllison Guerrieri is the co-author of the booklet and she is a Paediatric Speech Pathologist with two children as well. I found the “What you can say?” prompts a fantastic way to enhance the repertoire of questions/prompts that I ask my preschooler while he is playing.

And probably my favourite aspect to these activities is that they are the types of activities that once set up, the child can play by themselves. The cotton ball soccer kept my little one amused for nearly an hour and then for even longer when his older siblings came from school because they all wanted to play with him. The booklet didn’t suggest placing tape on the table like we did. My preschooler insisted that he needed some goals, so we marked out some goals and the middle with tape. He extended to mini games with me and then when I finished playing to penalty shoot outs!!

If you would like to read more about the booklet or order a copy you can do so from Belinda’s blog Everyday Play.

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  1. says

    Hi Nicole,
    I am also a Speech Pathologist by background. You might be interested in googling “Blanks levels of questioning”. Speech Pathologists often refer to these and teach them to parents of chidren with language disorders (but of course they work well for children with normally developing language too). There are 4 levels of questions. Level 1 questions are basic questions related to the “here and now” (e.g. what is that?). Level 2 questions involve some level of processing objects by their functions or attributes (e.g. what colour is it?, what do you do with it?). Level 3 questions involve evaluating relationships between objects and require more world knowledge (e.g. how are these the same?). Level 4 questions are all about reasoning, explaining and predicting (e.g. what could he say? what will happen if…?, why is it called a “rolling pin”?). I’m sure you could find a complete list of the questions for each level online. For a child the year before school (with normal language development), I would mostly be focussing on the level 3-4 questions. Hope that is helpful!

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