Fourth of July Fun Games for Kids
June 26, 2014
There’s no doubt that kids enjoy playing games, but educators are also finding that games are really good teachers. See how:
Game-Based Learning: What it Is, Why it Works, and Where it’s Going – Learn more from this New Media Institute article.
Game-Based Learning Units for the Everyday Teacher – First-time gamer? Check out this Edutopia blog.
It’s easy and fun to use games for teaching healthy eating and active play concepts to the kids you lead!
Change the introduction: Turn a learning activity into a “game” with an introduction change and kids’ engagement in the activity.
Kids take interest when instead of saying, “we are going to learn about the MyPlate food groups”, you say “let’s play a game with the MyPlate food groups”.
Try this MyPlate Game:
- Divide kids into 5 groups and assign each to one of the food groups (Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein, Dairy) and a movement (marching in place, arm circles, etc.).
- When you are discussing the different food groups, each time you say the food group name (Grains for example), the kids in that group jump up and perform their movement, then sit down.
- For younger kids: Provide each child crayons and a MyPlate image on paper. Each time you discuss a different food group, kids draw a picture of a food representing that food group in the section on their page.
Have a safe and happy July 4th celebration with the kids!