We are always on the look out for games both children can play at the same time. Crocodile Hop fits into this category. It is labelled 3+ but can be extended to be suitable for pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms.
The activity guide explains how to play the game 3 different ways and includes 4 activities aimed at developing specific learning objectives.
We started with a basic game variation.
The first job was to figure out the die. One indicated colour and the other shape. They took turns naming the colour or shape, Rose being gently corrected by Daisy if needed. Daisy decided on rules. I wanted to intervene but forced myself to allow her to decide on the ground rules.
The crocodile was on both dice and she decided rolling the crocodile meant you had to go back to the start… a long game perhaps?
However she also decided to use both die and this should make the game quicker.
Using both die gave a colour and shape. Rose and I practised finding shapes and colours, and the game began. A recommendation is to wear shoes or have bare feet. The vinyl floor mat can be slippery.
Daisy helped Rose find the next shape and colour she had rolled.
And of course they rolled lots of crocodiles.
Lots of fun and the girls are eager to try out other games and activity options for the Crocodile Hop.
Sometimes it amazes me how few toys children need to play. Imagination always helps!
I heard giggles and silly voices outside the window a few weeks ago and crept out to snap a few pics, without disturbing play.
Boma was taking orders for rock deliveries. Daisy and Rose were building communities from the rocks and other found materials.
Daisy had established a TV room. Her people were sitting on a couch (leaf) and watching TV.
It looks like a cozy, social entertaining space.
Rose had also created a living room and her people were “chatting”.
Whenever the girls wanted to build a new room or make a path, they put in a rock order with Boma.
Boma, in a very convincing, official voice, announced delivery and arrived with the dump truck full of rocks.
This focused play continued for nearly 40 minutes.
Apparently all you need are:
- A Dump truck (I like this one)
- People (the ones the kids used were old counters from a game; theses are my current favourite)
Happy rock playing!
Classroom management is a hot topic at this time of year. Teachers are planning for their new students, daycares are preparing for their school aged student programming and parents are preparing to manage the mayhem of back to school routines and activities.
Anything that makes life easier is a plus.
Using a timer is something I have done in the classroom. I constantly referred to the clock and gave ten and five minute warnings to help students learn to pace themselves. To get attention I used “3, 2, 1″, both orally counting and visually with my fingers. It worked but the “1″ could be loud if a group activity involved all the children talking and collaborating. Educators need to preserve their voice and using classrooms management tools can help.
I have used timers in the classroom and usually looked like this:
I have discovered a new timer suitable for younger children.
The Time Timer Plus has great new features:
- Patented Red Disk
- Precision quartz movement (1 AA battery)
- Intuitive clockwise motion
- Silent operation – no ticking!
- Optional alert when time is up
- Impact-resistant case
- Oversize numbers.
Daisy cannot read the clock yet but does understand the passing of time, larger and smaller and numbers 5-15. So long as we only set the time for 15 minute increments we are good!
This timer would have been very useful for some of my grade 6 students who struggled to use the regular clock. It is also very handy to have at home and is used for reading time, teeth brushing, quiet play, bedtime, occasional time outs and general time management.
How would you use the Time Timer?