• Zap!


    Materials Needed:


    50 Popsicle Sticks


    Plastic Container


    Using the marker, write down a math fact on each popsicle stick without putting the answer. Create as many sticks as you want. For every 15 sticks, include 3 sticks that say ZAP! All the sticks should be placed in a container that is large enough so that the math facts on the sticks are well hidden. Now you are ready to play.


    • Rules for Playing Zap!


    Players take turns selecting a popsicle stick from the container, making sure to read the math fact out loud. If the player answers the fact correctly, they keep the stick. If wrong, the player puts the stick back into the container. * If a player draws a popsicle stick with ZAP! they put all their sticks back into the container. When the container is empty, the player with the most popsicle sticks is the winner.

    * There should always be a fact checker to verify that the answer to the math fact is correct.





    Do you have popsicle sticks? Use them to learn sight words with this fun game!


    Sight words are words that are presented in the English language frequently.


    Write the grade-appropriate Dolch sight words (These can be found on the Title 1 website.) onto popsicle sticks. You can make different sets with the different levels of the 220 Dolch sight words. Use the same color for words starting with the same letter, and for categorizing purposes and to help with reversal correction. For instance, the words starting with ‘b’ and ‘d’ are different colors.


    Each player gets a turn to pick a stick and read the word. If he/she is right, they keep the stick, but beware of the blanks! Some sticks need to be left blank. Why? When you play the game, and you pick a blank, you have to give all your “winnings” back to the bank (cup). The blank is kept apart then. The player with the most sticks when the cup is empty wins!


    You can make it even more fun by adding a rule that you have to use the sight word you pick in a sentence. This way the adult can see if the learner understands the meaning of the word and it is not just rote learning.


    Chalk Fun


    Depending on the age of your children, following are a number of fun, educational activities and games you can play using chalk.



    • Write letters for your child to trace, using both upper and lower-case letters. Have your child say the name of the letter and the sound it makes.
    • Write numbers for your child to trace.
    • Write sight words and have your child trace over them a few times, spelling and saying the word as they trace. (The Dolch Sight Word lists are available on the Title 1 website)
    • Draw a number line to practice counting. The number line can also be used to strengthen skip counting with 2s, 5s, and 10s.
    • Multiplication Bingo. Draw a grid of 9 spaces and write the answers to multiplication problems in each square. Give your child the multiplication problem, and have then color in the correct answer on the grid.
    • Draw Maps. You can draw maps of your neighborhood, different countries, your home, the solar system, etc.
    • Hopscotch can be played with both numbers and letters. Following are the rules for playing Hopscotch.



    Rules for Playing Hopscotch*



    1. Using chalk, draw a traditional hopscotch board like the one shown above.


    1. Throw a small stone, beanbag, or other marker into the first square. (If it lands on a line, or outside the square, you lose your turn. Pass the marker to the following player and wait for your next turn.)


    1. Hop on one foot into the first empty square, and then every subsequent empty square. Be sure to skip the one your marker is on.


    1. At the pairs (4-5 and 7-8), jump with both feet.


    *Parents Magazine