200 CREATIVE GAMES
Lopatina A. Screbtsova M.
200 Creative Games for Children Young and Old
A unique collection of creative games for moral education
FRAGMENTS FROM THIS BOOK "200 GAMES"
GAME 'GUESS, WHO IS IT…'
Give sheets of paper and ask them to write names of those pupils from their grade (classroom):
- 1. Who is never late ____.
- 2. Who never shouts ____.
- 3. Who is always very polite with others ____.
- 4. Who has got the most pleasant voice ____.
- 5. Who is the most cheerful ____.
- 6. Who is the most serious ____.
- 7. Who is the most fair ____.
- 8. Who is the kindest ____.
- 9. Who is the most just ____.
These questions teacher writes on a board. Then children should be given about 10 minutes to answer and write down the names in the card.
Collect filled cards and on the next lesson announce the results.
Then divide children into groups and suggest each group to draw a flower with petals-qualities for all children of group. Make an exhibition from the childrens ' drawings .
THE WORLD OF YOUR SOUL
WHEN I AM SILENT
Ask children to complete the following sentences with words or drawings:
- I like to be silent, when I am __.
- Silence for me is __.
- When I am silent, I feel __.
- When I speak while everyone are silent, I feel __.
- When everyone speak while I am silent, I feel __.
- When I walk on in a forest, I feel __.
- I like to keep silent, when I listen to __.
When the children answer these questions, ask them to write the small composition on a theme: "What silence means for me?"
This task can be carried out at discussion of any concept, for example: beauty, a smile, a holiday.
LET'S TRY TO TOUCH HAPPINESS
In large letters write on a board the word HAPPINESS and ask children to list, what association they connect it with and what it can be: for example: joyful, cheerful, bright etc.
Then put on nice relaxing music, ask children to close eyes and imagine, that they touch happiness. Suggest children to draw a portrait of the happiness or to describe the sensations of this feeling.
From childrens' drawings and descriptions make the stand: "When we touch happiness".
In a similar way conduct a discussion with children about joy, love, kindness and other concepts.
EACH PERSON IS UNIQUE AND IMPORTANT
THE SECRET FRIEND
Ask children to write down a name and a surname of each person on separate leaflets and to curtail them so that one won't be able to see what is written. Combine the curtailed leaflets in a box and suggest each child to pull out one. Ask children to keep in secret, whose name is on the taken out leaflet. If someone pulls out the leaflet with his own name, then he must pull again.
Explain children, that the person, whose name is on their leaflet, henceforth becomes their "secret friend", and from now on within the next three days they should show him more attention (in other words, treat him as the best friend would, but try to do it secretly).
Suggest children to draw a portrait of "the secret friend" or to write him a letter. In a few days ask children to guess, who was for each of them "the secret friend" and conduct with all the children a conversation about friendship.
Ask children to stand in a circle, and then put in the center any nice chair.
Children go round and round in a circle and sing:
Who today is the most beautiful (another suggestion: the most kind)?
Who today is the happiest?
And sit down on this magic chair!
By turns children should sit down on this ‘magic; chair, and everyone in a circle should tell something good and kind about the sitting on a chair.
Before the beginning of this game tell to children that this magic chair can gift children with kind qualities and, on the contrary, remove all their bad qualities. But to be able to see it, one should look with special ‘kind' eyes at the child who sits on this ‘magic' chair.
THE COMPLIMENTS GAME
For older children this task can be modified.
The Teacher asks the class this question:
WHO WANTS TO BE COMPLIMENTED TODAY?
(Show by raising their hands. This will make it a bit more interactive. The teacher must ensure that each child have a turn.)
The teacher will select one child and ask him/her to leave the classroom.
The teacher then asks the rest of the class to say something good about the child who left the classroom.
Example: Mary is very kind. Sue has lovely eyes. Peter is a good athlete etc.
The teacher makes a list of all the compliments and the names of the students who said it.
The child is then called back to the classroom.
The teacher then reads all the compliments to the child with the names of the authors.
The teacher should ask the class to give the child a round of applause.
For the best results it is highly recommended that this game be conducted as often as possible so that the children would inculcate a habit of saying good things about each other. In addition it will create a friendly atmosphere in the classroom.
THE CANDLE OF LOVE AND CARE
Ask children to rise in a circle and give to each of them a small candle. Then light up the candle of one of the children. The child, whose candle has been lighted up, should tell something kind about his circle's neighbour, and then, with the help of the teacher, he should try to light up with his own candle the candle of his neighbour.
Game comes to an end; when all candles in the circle will be lighten up. Ask the children to blow off all the candles, and then divide them onto small groups. Each group should make up a fairy tale on a magic candle of love and care. Ask them to represent at least one drawing from each group. Then from these drawings make an exhibition called “Candle of love and care”.
A STORY ABOUT THE FRIEND
Suggest children to choose someone from their friends and tell about him, without mentioning his name. If for some group of age this task would be too difficult, then suggest them (one by one) to answer the following questions:
Whom your friend loves the most?
What your friend likes to do the most?
What is his favourite season?
What kind of clothes he wears?
What good qualities he possesses?
What are his favourite animals?
What kind of books he prefers?
What kind of music he likes?
Children should try to guess who it is.
Explain to the children, that their story should be directed only on positive traits of this or that child (should contain only good description).
WE LEARN HOW TO BE KIND
The teacher with a ball in hands stands in front of the children, asks them to stand in row, then throws a ball to each of them (at the same time the teacher says one word describing a quality of a person, he should mention bad and good qualities). Children should catch a ball only when any good quality (truthfulness, kindness, accuracy) is said. In this case the child who caught the ball should do one step towards the teacher. If children casually "will catch bad quality" (intolerance, greed, a rage), they do one step backwards.
The one who reach the teacher first wins. This person becomes leader. And he is continues this game instead of the teacher.
Divide children into small groups and ask them to visualize, that they are doctors working in magic hospital where laziness, cunnings, greediness, anger etc. are being treated.
Children should choose one bad quality and make up a recipe and recommendations how to help people to get rid of this quality.
The recipe from laziness:
Every day from the morning one should take on an empty stomach a drink from orange and several drops of an elixir of diligence. Then, after breakfast, one should stretch onerself a couple of times, then say in a loud voice about everything, what it is necessary to do for this day. And at night it is necessary to write down everything what is made, and to make the plan for the next day. Then it is necessary to drink a glass of milk with several mint sweets for a good dream.
All children's' recipes and recommendations should be compiled into a book: "Magic hospital".
Suggest children to describe, what qualities should have the doctors in this "Magic hospital".
Divide children into groups and suggest them to visualize themselves as the gold small fishes granting only those wishes that will help people to become better and kinder. Children should list desires of people which their small fish would fulfill and desires which won't be fulfilled.
The golden fish will help to be healthy (the fish can give you a couple of good advices how to be healthy), will help to learn foreign language, will help to learn to play on a musical instrument, will help to find the friend, will assist to choose a profession.
BUT… the golden fish won't give a beautiful voice, beautiful appearance, a lot of money; the golden fish won't help to become the chief, won't grant one with a house, and won't help to know foreign language without putting any efforts in studying it. Children should explain why the golden fish is ready to fulfill one group of wishes but won't grant other wishes.
Then ask children to make up a fairy tale about a person whose wish has been fulfilled by the golden fish. And about a greedy and lazy person whose desires were not granted.
Ask children to sit down in a circle and suggest them to think about their favourite quality. Then by turns children should name this favourite quality.
If the majority of children like mentioned quality, then this quality is offered to ‘lodge' in their class. A couple of nice chairs should be selected and, and each of the chairs according to the name of the quality, becomes a chair of kindness, care, observation, bravery etc.
Later on any child who wants develop or improve in himself this or that quality can sit on this chair.
Also, if any of children misbehaves, then the teacher suggests him to sit on the chair of this or that quality.
Every week children can choose a new quality and ask him to ‘come and live' in their classroom.
THE RING OF BEAUTY
Tell to the children, that you have a ring of (inner) beauty. It is necessary to direct this ring towards any person and at once all the best and the most beautiful in him/her becomes visible. Children should stand in a circle with open palms. The teacher imperceptibly puts this ring into somebody's palm. Then children should proclaim together:
"The Ring, the ring, please come into the stoop!"
The child who received the ring should step in the middle of the circle. He should touch his friends with this ring and describe what beautiful qualities he could see in them. The one who could see the maximum amount of beautiful qualities in his friends, receives this ring of beauty as a gift.