Put Them Together

 

Putting Ideas, Actions And Objects Together In Sequence

In order to follow directions, you must be able to sequence ideas, actions and objects. Just consider the simple enough tasks of getting ready to go on an outing, making a snack, getting ready for bed or organising yourself for the day ahead – following a sequence of directions definitely makes for an easier and happier time of it!

Children need practice working out the best ways to follow directions while receiving as little help as they need for it to be a just right challenge – this will keep them motivated and wanting to do it over and over again. Today’s game is all about putting this process to play!

Set Up

You will need Action Cards, Preposition cards, Body Parts cards and a range of objects to use in game play.

Lay out cards and objects beside each other – Action Cards first,then the box of objects, then preposition cards and then Body Parts cards.

The aim of the game is to put the first 3 together with an object of their choice to complete the action e.g. “Jump 3 times, with the shoe, under your arm”

Firstly you take an action card, turn it over and read it. Then pick out an object, then pick out the next two cards and read those.

Read out the whole instruction. Then think aloud about how you are going to follow that direction.

For every part of the direction the player gets correct, they get to keep a card.

When I play this with my kids, they have so much fun playing they forget about the competition side of it! Every time you play you can vary the objects you use – you might even be able to think of additional categories to include to add to the fun!

Variations

  1. Add the direction at the end “While…” – saying the alphabet, saying 3 things that rhyme with “ow”, singing twinkle, twinkle little star…etc
  2. Add a tactile challenge, hiding the objects in a pillow case or in sand, torn up paper

 

Also Works On: Vision; Hearing & Listening; Attention; Proprioception (discrimination and joint movement awareness); Vestibular Processing (Whole Body Movement Awareness); Bilateral Integration; Eye-Hand Co-ordination; Balance; Strength & Endurance (depending on the strength & endurance of the player); Problem Solving (planning & organization; sequencing; organization of materials; self-monitoring); Working Memory; Reading Skills. With variation adds Metalinguistics.

Activity Materials

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You Will Need...

  • A range of objects to use with the cards – anything you consider safe can be in play.

 

Preposition Cards as used in Simon Says With Prepositions