Monday, April 27, 2015

Think Outside the Box with Store Bought Games


Store bought games can be fun but we don't always have to play by the rules!  Take for example our Elefun game which we love and which has been enjoyed by both of my kids.  

We have been learning CVC words for awhile now and the last thing I want is for it to become boring.  I thought using this game, that my daughter already really enjoys, would help keep her interest. Here's how we changed the rules:

We took out the butterflies that come with Elefun and I replaced them with cut pieces of party streamers.  Shortly before we played this game we celebrated my husband's birthday, and instead of tossing the streamers I gave them a second life with this game.  I wrote a CVC word on each cut piece of streamer, which would now act as the 'butterflies.'  I decided to only use animal CVC words which I also wrote on a piece of paper and later laminated. The point of the new game was when one of the pieces of paper were caught my daughter would have to do two things:
1. Sound out the word 
 2. Act out the word
 

Once all the 'butterflies' were caught she matched the word  to the word on the paper and wrote either her first name letter or mine in the box next to the word. This showed which one of us caught that word, and whoever filled up all the CVC words first won the game.  

Catching......

Sounding.......

Writing......

Here's what we learned playing by the new rules:

1. Recognizing and Sounding out CVC words
2. Acting out/identifying with animals and animal sounds
3. Writing skills
4. Counting
5. Hand/eye coordination

Take a peek at your games and see how you can think outside the box and change the rules in a way that will help your child learn while having fun!  






18 comments:

  1. What a great inventive idea! We have that game too, so I will be trying this.

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    1. Lisa, thanks for stopping by! I hope you will have fun with it!!

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  2. This is a fantastic idea- Elefun will be coming back out of our cupboard!

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    1. That's great, Lauren!! Have fun with it!!

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  3. Love this!
    I never would have thought to use Elefun this way!

    I wonder what other games we can use for reading!

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    1. Time to look through some games to see how to change the rules so that it works for your child!

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  4. I love this idea! Such a great way to learn. Love it!! Pinning and sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much! My daughter really enjoyed the old rules but thought it really neat to play the same game a different way!

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  5. How very inventive! I wonder what games we could change the rules to? Thanks for joining up to the Parenting Pin-It Party.

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    1. Thanks, Aly! It's fun to be able to switch up the rules and find ways to play games tailored towards our kids.

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  6. Oh my goodness, this is such a good idea!!

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    1. Thanks, Jolanthe!! My daughter loved that we could play this game in a new way!!

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  7. Great activity, thanks for linking up to SIS. I'm featuring you this week!

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    1. Hi Jen! Thanks so much for featuring us this week :)

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  8. We have this game. What a great idea!

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    1. Thanks! My daughter loves this game too. We have actually had it since my son was around 3 and he's 9 now!!

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  9. Great idea! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We hope you join us again this week!

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