Finger first (a games for 1 - 3 players)

by Yvonne K

Take 10 Dolch words that you want to teach the children. Write them on cards. (I usually laminate them for durability). Revise these words with explanations and sentences.
Place the words on a table facing upwards. Each child places his/her pointer finger on the edge of the table. A third person says one of the words and the students must reach and grab the word with their finger ONLY. (not whole hand). That word is then theirs and they drag it and place it in their pile. This continues until all words have been said. The last word I usually ask the student, who has the least words, to try and gain an additional one. Children count their words and see who is the winner.

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