Get active: Let the games begin

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By Sally Grayearly years teacher and writer

On your marks, get set, go! Encourage the children to get moving by playing some simple action games

Let the games begin

1 Ampe

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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