The Ultimate Learning Game
When I was teaching there was a game that ALL the students loved. I also loved it, because it was easy to make. The game teaches a variety of subjects and that can be added or changed over time. Also, the game ends when the timer goes off, so the game can last the entire center time. Are you ready to hear about the ultimate learning game? We call it KABOOM!
How to Create
With Kaboom all you really need are some popsicle sticks (this is one of my essential crafting supplies. Want to see some more. Click here) and a bucket. I guess you also need a topic to teach. Grab one popsicle stick and write one of the topics on it.
When my oldest was 3, I created this to teach the ABCs. One popsicle stick would have a. Another stick would have A. (I like to use both uppercase and lowercase letters) The next stick would say b and so on. I also put numbers in there.
At four, I did not change the sticks but the goal. Now she has to say the sounds of the letters instead of the names.
At five and up, I would add words or math problems (as they learn them) such as 2+3=. Then have the student answer. This can be added onto or changed as your child masters certain concepts.
With older students, ask questions, such as what is the capital of Florida? This way they must answer the question.
Next write KABOOM on 5 sticks.
Place all your sticks in the bucket. Now you are ready to play.
How to Play
I normally set a timer. I set a timer for 2 reasons. Reason 1: my daughter can play things FOREVER, so this helps keep a time frame on the activity. Reason 2: This way there can be a winner, because whoever has the most popsicle sticks when the timer goes off, WINS!
To take a turn, you pick up a popsicle stick and complete the task. A task is either saying the letter or word, solving the problem, or answering the question. When you complete the task correctly then you keep the stick. If you complete the task wrong, you must put the stick back in the bucket.
When you pick up a KABOOM stick, you must return ALL your sticks back to the bucket.
When the timer goes off, whoever has the most sticks wins the game.
As I said, this is a favorite among all my former students and my daughter. It is great for teachers and parents because it is customizable and easy to put together. As always remember this should be fun. If your child gets frustrated with the game, you need to take a step back and think about the content in the game or take a few sticks out to build your child’s confidence.
Confidence in children gives them the ability to tackle so many things. It gives them courage to try new things. It gives them power to be themselves. Always try to give confidence, it is the best gift you can give your child.
What topic did you put on your kaboom sticks?