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How Do Games Aid Learning?
It is well a researched fact that children are active and involved learners who learn through play. Games are an important part of early childhood, with children enjoying the rules and structures, particularly as they reach the Conventional Stage of Moral Reasoning, as described by Kholberg.
Playing games with young children can teach important social skills, such as communicating verbally, patience, following directions, taking turns, and enjoying interaction with others. They can help concentration and lengthen a child’s attention span, as well as provide a safe space to learn important life skills, such as coping with winning and losing and being a good sport.
Games such as “Bingo” also provide children with the opportunity to explore and practice observation, identification and matching skills, and refine fine-motor skills.
You will need:
Story Book "Life Is Not Fair When You Are Just A Chair"
A comfortable place to sit as a group
Printable Bingo Game Boards and Chair Cards (you may wish to laminate these for durability)
Coloured counters or markers or small stones (enough for each Bingo Card being used to have all pictures covered)
A hat or container to pull the picture cards out of at random
What to do
Show the children the book 'Life Is Not Fair When You Are Just a Chair' and explain that you will be playing a game called "Bingo" that has characters from the story.
Show the children the Bingo Game Boards and demonstrated how to play the game- pull a picture card from the hat/container, look to see if that image is on the Bingo Board and place a counter on top.
Explain that when all of the pictures are covered on you board you call out "Bingo" and are the winner. Make sure to inform the children that there are no prizes, that the winner doesn't "win" anything, and that you are playing the game for the fun of it- Not everyone will be a winner (teaching resilience).
Hand out the Bingo Game Boards to each child and enough counters for them to cover up the picture on their game boards.
Start the game by pulling out a picture from the hat/container. Ask the children if they have that image on their board. Encourage them to cover it with a counter of they do.
Continue to pull out pictures and have children place counters on the matching pictures on the board until there is a winner.
Have the children take turns drawing out the pictures from the hat/container
Have the children work in pairs and practice turn-taking with putting the counters over the images.
Chair Bingo Sheets