Get active: Let the games begin
11 May 2009Add to My Folder
On your marks, get set, go! Encourage the children to get moving by playing some simple action games
Learn a version of a traditional Ghanaian game
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Numbers as Labels and for Counting
Development matters: sometimes match number and quantity correctly (30-50 months); begin to represent numbers using fingers, marks on paper or pictures (40-60+ months).
Early learning goal: count reliably up to ten everyday objects.
What you need
Group size: large group.
Happy, lively music; music player; whiteboards and pens.
What to do
Tell the children that you are going to teach them a new game that children in Ghana like to play, called ‘Ampe’.
Explain that you would like the children to work with a partner. They should dance while the music is playing, but when the music stops they must stand still, and on the count of three, they should stick out a leg to one side. If the pairs of children stick out the same leg, they score a point. Encourage them to record this on a whiteboard.
Continue to play the music for the children to dance to, stopping and repeating the game several times. After a while, ask the partners to count up the number of points they scored by counting their tally marks.
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