Today, we’re not just making shots; we’re making learning fun with Hoops. This is one of my kids' favorite learning games and I am so excited to share it with you.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Small basketball hoop or basket. If you use a basket, make sure it's sturdy enough to withstand some enthusiastic tossing.
- Ball. It can be any ball as long as it fits in the hoop or basket.
WHAT TO DO:
Think of the basketball game HORSE. It's just like that but instead of spelling out horse, we are spelling something educational or making tally marks.
ALPHABET - COLORS - NUMBERS - SHAPES
Scatter the letter flashcards across your court. Space them out.
Fill the bowl with the tiles.
On the paper, make columns, and write everyone's name at the top of each column.
Determine how many baskets someone has to make to win.
Pull a tile, read it, find it, stand by it, and try to make the ball into the basket.
If you make it, you get one point under your name on the paper.
Everyone takes turns playing. The first person to get the determined number of points wins.
Write your child's name in large letters at the top of the paper.
Under your child's name, make a column for each person playing.
Have a designated spot for each person playing. You can mark the spot with masking tape.
If you make the ball into the basket, you can write the first letter of your child's name in your column.
The first person to spell your child's entire name wins.
Play this game as you would for names. Instead, spell out 1, 2, or 3 sight words.
Benefits of Hoops:
- Physical Literacy Meets Academic Literacy: Hoops mixes the core basketball skills of aiming and tossing with the academic aspect of identifying and learning. It's a slam dunk for the body-mind connection!
- Hands-on Engagement: Actively playing with letters and words encourages children to engage with their educational material in a different, more tactile way, fostering deeper understanding through touch and movement.
- Memory Building: By combining learning with play, educational experiences like Hoops help lay the foundation for long-term memory retention as children associate positive emotions and physical activities with learning.
- Social Sprits and Taking Turns: This game isn’t just about scoring baskets; it’s about scoring social skills, too. Hoops can promote turn-taking, good sportsmanship, and cooperative play – all pivotal skills for preschoolers.
So, get out there, pint-sized players! Lace up your learning shoes, grab your educational playbook, and let Hoops guide you through a learning adventure. The ultimate Educational Championship awaits!
This is one of the activities from my activity book: Pre-K The Fun Way.
The book contains many fun and engaging activities that help your child learn while having fun.
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