The tutors workshop held on Friday, October 23rd, 2020 was led by Belina and was based on an article from Parenting.com’s First Cry section titled “Top 40 Fun Indoor Games for Kids.” The report from Moshi is written below.
“The workshop started at 1pm on Friday, October 23rd. The facilitator, Miss Belina, began by welcoming all the tutors and giving out the topic she was presenting called Indoor Games for Kids. Belina explained that these ‘games’ could be used during teaching hours and used the participatory method to explain. The tutors had to share their ideas regarding the topic such as:
- What are indoor games?
- What is the importance of indoor games during teaching?
- What are two examples of indoor games?
Belina then summarized what the tutors had shared and continued to explain new indoor activities and games while teaching. She explained what indoor games are and the importance of incorporating them into teaching and learning. She said that examples of indoor games are: Pictionary, Simon Says, Balloon Ball, Sorting Colors, Who Sits First, Writing Challenge, and Cards. Belina winded up the session by telling the tutors how to be creative in order to play more indoor games. She said they should be observant to see what the children enjoy during teaching and learning in order to know which games to play.
- Pictionary is a fun game that requires one player to draw an image indicating a word, and the other player has to guess it correctly. You can make this game more fun by creating groups and competing against each other
- Simon Says is a classic game where you instruct the kids that they are to do what you say only if you start the command with the phrase ‘Simon says….’ If you say anything without saying the phrase, they aren’t supposed to do it. If they do, they will be out of the game. You can make it more fun by tricking the kids!
- Balloon Ball improves a child’s hand-eye coordination by blowing up some balloons and playing throw and catch with the child.
- Sorting Colors is ideal for toddlers and younger kids, and it aids in cognitive development. You mix a bowl of different colored marbles or beads and ask the child to sort them by color, putting each color in a different bowl. You must be careful to supervise the children though that they do not swallow the marbles!
- Who Sits First is like Musical Chairs. It involves six children going around five chairs in the middle of the room and, after a short time, they must find a place to sit. The child without a chair is ‘out’ and a chair is removed. The games continues until there is one winner.
- Writing Challenge involves a competition in writing between groups of children. You may write five words or two sentences for the kids and instruct them to re-write faster and in the double lines.
- Cards uses a deck of playing cards and helps children to identify colors, numbers and shapes. It can be played in teams creating a competition.
The tutors agreed to be more creative in making different indoor games during teaching and learning and to involve all children in activities and games which will help them to understand more easily and not make the subject matter to be boring.
Augustino and Belina agreed that the tutors should use indoor games while teaching because these games motivate children to learn easily and to enjoy learning.”