Have you played the card matching game? I used to love that game when I was a kid, I was pretty good at it too! 🙂 This week in class I tried a matching shapes game with my students ages 5-7 and it was really fun! Here’s how we did it:
One dancer is the “caller” and goes to the front and closes their eyes. The rest of the class plus teachers partner up. When partnering up, it’s important to be quiet so the caller doesn’t hear who is partnered together. Then each pair makes a shape that is exactly the same. After that, we mix up all of the dancers in the room and tell the caller we are ready. Then the caller calls each person’s name at a time and they show their shape and then go back to nuteral. We did it a few times with the dancers turning their back to the caller and then turning around when their name was called. They make their shape and then turn back around.
Once the caller thinks they have a match with the shapes, they say the partners names out loud. A few hints I gave them were to not look at their partner when making the shape. Sometimes it was hard for them to remember the shape, and then they would look at their partner to remember and then the caller would immediately know who their partner was! Also, it’s important for them to make sure their shapes are EXACTLY the same! Part of the game is for them to really look at detail in the shapes when they are creating them! 🙂
Have you ever tried a matching shapes game with your students? I would love to hear!