I always try to incorporate as much movement into activities as possible. Because it’s kindergarten. And there are boys. And that thing called “DPA” the government decided was just a fantastic idea. And all in all, it’s fun to jump around.
I have had this page from prekinders.com pinned on my Pinterest board for a while and I give them full credit for the activity I have been using in my classroom for the past week. It’s called Letter Basketball.
I adapted the activity a bit because I wanted to focus on letter formation as well as identification for my students. Here’s how I set it up.
I put out the visual of the Handwriting Without Tears letters (this comes in very handy for many activities in the classroom! You can find it here). I also put out a basket with some half sheets of paper and some black markers. I am totally that teacher that steals all the scrap paper from everywhere for this exact reason. Don’t put out the scissors. You don’t need the scissors.
Me, my EA or another student is responsible for calling out a letter. To challenge certain students, we even narrowed it down to uppercase and lowercase letters. The student then writes the letter down, making sure to form the letter from top to bottom and from left to right.
Crumple the paper into a ball…
And aim it into the garbage can! I put three pieces of painters tape on the floor and numbered them 1, 2, and 3. I also marked the spot for the garbage can with an “x” so the students can place it there independently when they would like to play it. Also, those dolls in that drawer look SUPER CREEPY!
This literacy game had been a HIT in the classroom. There is shouting, screaming, excitement, and laughter the whole time. Just the way it should be.