Prepositions are about my favorite concept to teach. It really doesn’t get more fun than playing hide and seek, barking directions at each other and dancing around in the therapy room. If you haven’t checked out my other posts in this movement series, you’ll want to head HERE (or click “series” in the menu bar at the top).
Here are some fun activities to get your little ones up from the table learning about prepositions.
1. There are so many variations on how to play this game with prepositions but this is my favorite.
Choose an object to hide around the room. We like to use my little buddy Echo.
One student is “it” and draws a card. The other students close their eyes while he/she hides Echo somewhere around the room using the preposition found on their card.
Just look at what some of my kinders came up with! The student who finds it must state where Echo is hiding using the preposition in a complete sentence.
Here Echo is “behind the phone.”
Here, he is “in between my Common Core Cans.”
Here, the little guy made his way down “in the sink.” (I know, my room has a sink. I would be jealous too 😉
For some reason, my students have a hard time with the concepts “over” and “under.” This is a fun game and can be used in a whole class lesson (which is a LOT of fun!)
Tie a string around two chairs. Have a ball ready. Students line up on both sides of the string and I say the words “over” and “under.” Students must follow my direction and pass the ball either “over” the string or “under” the string to their partner. After a few rounds, these students really understood these terms!
Teaching the directions “left” and “right” can be so challenging! First, I recommend labeling the board with “right” and “left” and teaching them by standing with your back to your students.
Place a small object in one of your hands. Have students line up and guess which hand the object is in, while at the same time raising their corresponding hand. For example, if they guess the right hand, they also must raise their right hand to demonstrate understanding. See if they can guess it on the first try.
Last, my favorite activity to teach right/left is to get down with a little hokey pokey! Be careful though, you just might find yourself still singing it hours after school ends…