Have the kids play Snakes & Ladders to practise reading and recognizing their spelling sight words.
Just enter the list of words to appear in the game, one per line, then press MAKE GAME.
A window will appear with the Snakes & Ladders Words game for you to print.
This game is great for practising reading words.
Each word can appear several times, and each child will get practise in becoming familiar with the words as she plays and has to read the words herself and as she listens to the other players reading the words.
We've entered some words for you to get you started, but you can enter your own.
HOW TO PLAY :
Each player takes their turn which involves throwing a dice and advancing the number of squares shown on the dice.
If the player can read the word of the square that they land on, then they can advance one more square.
If the player lands on the bottom of a ladder, then successfully reading the word allows them to advance up the ladder.
If the player lands on the top of a snake, then the player must successfully read the word, otherwise they must slide down the ladder.
The first player to reach the top end wins.
...parenting tip of the moment
I used to think that patting babies on the back was simply to "burp" them: to coax little gas bubbles out of their tiny digestive systems. But, oh, it is so much more.
First and foremost, it is primarily a tool of Distraction. Anytime you see them on the brink of waking up or crying...if you pat them just right, they'll stop and turn to you, slightly confused...They spend the next few moments trying to isolate the patting.
"Where's that rattling coming from?...Anybody else feel a shaking? Like a thump, thump, thump, thump?...Nobody? Okay, maybe it's just me...as I was about to say...Waaahhh..." And then they go ahead and cry anyway. But for a second there, you feel very clever. You momentarily outwitted an infant.
quoted from "Babyhood" by Paul Reiser of television's "Mad About You", pages 151-152
Small children should be supervised by a caregiver when at a computer,
to ensure no accidents occur that could hurt the child and that no equipment gets broken.