Oh my goodness does Emily need to work on listening and following directions. I usually have to repeat myself 5 times before she begins to do something that I ask her to do. I know as a teacher that you should not keep repeating yourself, because then it just becomes a habit and then there is really no need to listen the first time since it will be repeated over and over and over. So I will be working on that for myself and in the meantime I made up this activity, which turned out to be a fun game for the girls!
First I printed out this shape mat that I made to go with the activity (you can click on the picture above for a free download). Then I got out three objects that I could have the girls manipulate(this time we used 3 mega blocks in 3 different colors, but any objects that you can describe will work ie. little people, counting bears, bottle tops…)
The girls placed everything in front of them. We started by talking about names of the shapes on the mat and the colors of the blocks.
Then they had to follow our directions to place the colored blocks on the correct spot on the mat. At first we repeated ourselves and then we reminded them to listen because we were only going to say it one time. Once they were all used they cleared them off and we started again.
Some of the directions they had to follow were:
- Pick up the purple block and put it on the circle.
- Pick up the green block and put it on the square.
- Pick up the red block and put it on the heart.
- Pick up the red block and put it under the square.
- Pick up the purple block and put it above the circle.
- Pick up the green and purple block and put it on the circle.
I was really happy that all the girls seemed to enjoy this activity, it will be a great way to practice listening skills and following directions as well as reinforcing placement concepts too!
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