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The Sweets Game


Game 1

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To play The Sweets Game follow the step by step instructions below which are found on page 9 of the book Murphy Reading.

 

  The Sweets Game
The purpose of this game is to teach the child to "tune" their senses of taste, touch, smell and sight. Also they learn to identify their first words. These words belong to the category of words "sweets".
 
What you need: A packet of jelly tots, buttons and smarties, scissors, yellow box on 146 and yellow sweet word cards 123.

 

How to play the game:

Lay out two of each sweet. As you lay them out tell the child what each one is called. Make sure you lay them out orthogonally. 

Stage 1

1.  Ask the child to pick up each sweet and feel it.

2.  Ask the child the following questions:

·        Is it hard or soft?

·        Is it sqiudgy?

·        Is it big or small?

3.  Ask the child to close their eyes and explain that you are going to put the different sweets into their hand one at a time and ask them to name it by feeling it.

4.  Place one of the sweets into the child’s hand and ask the child “Feel that sweet in your hand and tell me which sweet you think it is?”

5.  Repeat this with each sweet.

6.  Ask the child to smell each sweet.

7.  While the child is smelling the sweet ask them the following questions:

·        Does it smell nice?

·        Does it smell chocolaty?

·        Does it smell like a flower?

8.  Ask the child to close their eyes and explain that you are going to put the different sweets into their hand one at a time and ask them to name it by smelling it.

9. Give the child one of each sweet to taste.

10. While the child is tasting the sweet ask them the following questions

:·        Does it feel big or small in your mouth?

·        Is it hard or soft?

·        Is it crunchy?

·        Is it chewy?

·        Is it smooth or rough?

11.  Ask the child to close their eyes and explain that you are going to put the different sweets into their hand and ask them to name it by tasting it.

12.  Lay out one of each sweet and explain to the child that you are going to call out the name of one sweet and ask them to pick up the sweet you call out.

13.  Call out one sweet at a time, ask the child to give you the sweet you call out.

 Stage 2 

1. Lay out the 3 empty sweet packets orthogonally.

 2.  Give the child 2 of each sweet all mixed in a pile.

3. Ask the child to put the sweets under their packet.

4. Ask the child to close their eyes and jumble up the packets.

5. Give the child the pile of sweets again and ask them to put the sweets under their   packet.

6.  Repeat again as above.

7.  If the child has completed this with ease there is no need to repeat it again.

Stage 3 

1.  Cut off the front of each packet of sweets saving the side with the name of the sweets written on it.

2. Lay out the 3 packets.

3. Ask the child to sort the pile of sweets this time placing the sweet under the cut-off packet.

4.  Ask the child to close their eyes.

5.  Jumble up the packets.

6. Repeat as above.

 Stage 4 

1. Cut out the name from the sweet packet.

2. Lay out the sweet names.

3.  Ask the child to sort the pile of sweets this time placing the sweet under the packet.

4. Ask the child to close their eyes.

5. Jumble up the packets.

6. Repeat as above. 

Stage 5 

1.  Take the yellow sweet word cards from 123.

2. Put the sweet packet name under the word card.

3. Ask the child to sort the pile of sweets this time placing the sweet under the yellow word card and packet name.

4. Ask the child to close their eyes while you jumble up the yellow word cards and sweet packet names.

5.  Repeat as above. 

Stage 6  

1. Remove the packet name and only lay out the yellow word cards.

2. Ask the child to sort the pile of sweets this time placing the sweet under the word card.

3. Ask the child to close their eyes while you jumble up the word cards.

4. Repeat as above.

5. When you are finished playing The Sweets Game place the yellow word cards into the yellow box. 

This will take 10 minutes and should definitely take no more than 15 minutes. It works very quickly.

 

It is very important to go over yesterday’s words before introducing new words. This applies for every day you work with a child. Show the child each yellow word card and ask them what sweet is written in each word card. If you find the child is having difficulty doing this repeat stage 5 of The Sweets Game. 

Extra words

Introduce maltesers and jelly babies in the same way as above. When the children can sort maltesers and jelly babies using the words on the yellow cards ask them to sort all 5 sweets. Using the method above for the The Sweets Game introduce the following sweets: rolos, minstrels and fruit pastilles 

Number of words we can now read = 8

 

It is very important that this is a game for the children. You can see that we call them games because they are games.