Educators, whether it’s the parent instructing their child at home, the teacher with a classroom of twenty, or a one-on-one tutor, all want the very best for the children in their care. For a very long time, rote memorization was the standard – a teacher or parent quizzing students, asking students to recite facts, or drilling them with flashcards. It’s time-consuming, ineffective, and not very much fun for anyone!
But…there’s a better way!
Children love games. They learn best when they are having fun. Turning learning into a game is precisely what a Carpet Game does!
How to Introduce the Carpet Games
Each Carpet Game comes with a rhyming poem. Show the students the pieces and name them all together as a class. Next, read the poem. Explain to the students that they have to close their eyes, and then they will take turns guessing. It is highly suggested that the teacher also finds a way to cover the playing area as some students always peek!
How to Play
All of the Carpet Games have the same basic rules. The teacher selects a number of cards from a themed pack, puts them on the carpet (or in a pocket chart), and hides a smaller piece behind one of the cards. The children call out which card they think hides the piece.
Simple? Yes! But does it work? Also yes! And is it fun? ABSOLUTELY!
The beauty in this system is the adaptable nature of the games. With younger students that are just learning, use only a few cards. For older students, increase the number of cards or the subject matter. Having students take turns encourages quieter, less confident students to speak up and play as well.
Varieties of Carpet Games for Learning Fun!
There are many different kinds of carpet games. Whether the teacher is looking to reinforce color names with a class of three-year-olds or lowercase letters with a Pre-K class, these adaptable, engaging games help students memorize things without realizing that they are learning!
Carpet Games Skills:
- Alphabet – uppercase and lowercase
- Shapes and Colors
- Seasonal – add to the holiday theme the class might be studying!
All that is needed to play these games is a printer and some paper, and a space to play. They’re named “Carpet Games,” but they can be used on a table or pocket chart just as well. Laminating the pieces or mounting them on heavy cardstock does improve the durability.
A Great “Back Pocket” Time Filler
Classroom transitions are difficult. Often, there are a few minutes at the end of an activity where some students are waiting while others finish up. Transitions and bathroom breaks eat up a lot of precious time. However, preschoolers aren’t likely to want to sit and make small talk – they want to play! These carpet games are a wonderful way to fill that time with intentional learning. Instead of sitting and waiting, children practice taking turns and developing their oral language skills. As a bonus, the students that might be taking a little longer to clean up or move along find the game as an incentive not to dawdle. Keeping a carpet game “in your back pocket” for these times helps make the transition times more fun and educational!
Looking for Carpet Games?
Several different sets of Carpet Games are available, all set up and ready to go for the classroom!
Watch a short video about carpet games here for more information!
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