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Posted on May 21, 2015 in PreK Play Room

Outdoor Pre School Language Games

Preschool Outdoor Language Games

Extend outdoor play time in to language learning time.  Children come alive in the nice weather and contribute to their vital need to be outside as much as possible. The hands-on target language- learning opportunities for preschoolers just can’t be missed.

Silly TPR. Leader your students in fun TPR requests. Some volunteer-learners can become leader-callers too. It can be a work out!

TPR (total physical response) Directions Activities. Give target language directions to a school destination. Then lead the class to that destination. Do this a few times. A volunteer-learner might be able to lead TL directions to a short and simple school destination.

Nature Walk. Sketch pads in hand, students draw natural flora and fauna on campus. They can then color it, and describe it in very basic TL chunks. Be sure to do tons of modeling of TL descriptions of their drawings before they do this.

Geometry Scavenger Hunt. Rulers or measuring taps, pencil and paper, and go! Whip up a list of geometric shapes on campus and students are to find them and maybe even measure a couple. Lead a class tally of the shapes and then a bar graph of their quantities in the TL.

Me and My Shadow!  Body parts, personal descriptions, and clothing review. Each group takes some light colored butcher paper and a pencil outside to a SUNNY AREA. Students trace the shadow of a classmate on to the butcher paper. Come back inside and the students draw and color the body parts, personal descriptions and the clothing. Learners can then describe parts of their shadow-drawings to partners and to the class. Make sure you model this and ask very specific questions about exactly what to describe.

Target Culture Picnic. My students love our spring Mexican Picnic. Stage a simple Target Culture Picnic with your classes. Student volunteers bring in the food, drink, supplies, and game equipment. A great reward for hard work or a contest.

***Indoor Target Language Smoothies. This has been a hit for years. Use or create a Gouin Series on making a fruit smoothie that you will then enact on smoothie day. Student volunteers bring in ingredients or items; don’t forget blenders! Here is my Spanish Licuados Lesson.

Summer Experiences

Spanish Teachers - Take kids to Mexico City without leaving your hometown!

Immerse children in an imaginative “staycation” of language and cultural fun!

This packet includes everything you need to plan a week-long Spanish summer day camp or a 6-8 week after school enrichment class. Passport to Spanish Fun:  Mexico City Marvels has every organizer, printable, and form you need: schedules, passports, boarding passes, and a postcard.

French Teachers – be sure to check out Passport to French Fun Summer Camp and After School Enrichment Program Guide.

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