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5 Games to Play with your Family at Christmas

Playing games at home with the family at Christmas time is one of the best ways to bring families closer together.  Three generations of family members learning, sharing, laughing and having a good time.  What could possibly be better than this?

Buying a selection of board games would prove rather costly, so why not invest in a dry-erase whiteboard that you can use to play several different games and will also come in handy for homework planning and creative play

Wedge whiteboards have a smooth magnetic surface that allow non-permanent markings using dry erasable pens that can be quickly removed with a whiteboard eraser after each game.  Available in various sizes, they are easily transportable.

There are so many fun things to do with a whiteboard, from making a list of those ideas to playing games and much, much more.

Here are 5 simple and entertaining Games that you can play on a whiteboard with your family at Christmas:

Hangman

A classic game where family members must guess a word and if they guess a letter incorrectly they have to draw a hangman.  Alternatively, you may wish to opt for the modern version where they must guess entire phrases, expressions, movie or book titles.

Battleships

You will need a double sided dry-wipe magnetic whiteboard.

Draw your grid and plan where your battleships are going to be as coloured boxes on your grid, without letting your opponent see.  Then take turns firing upon the enemy by calling out plot points – for example: A-5. Mark your shot as a hit (X) or a miss (O) on your enemy ship grid according to your opponent’s reply. When your enemy fires upon you, answer hit or miss, according to their shot. Mark your hit ships with an X on the “my ships” grid.

Who’s at the Zoo

A fun game for children is to learn to identify animals from around the world by playing ‘Who’s at the Zoo’.  Animal puzzle pieces can be purchased from budget stores (or images from an old book stuck on cardboard) can be used and then have a magnet glued to the back.  Toddlers can identify the animal and older children can compete in spelling out the name of the animal such as giraffe, elephant, tiger and so on.  You could even draw a may of the world onto your board and place where the animals come from.

Pictionary

This is a classic game and one that may easily be adapted to any level.  Split family members into two teams and let them take turns drawing words, actions, or situations that they have drawn from a pile of cards.  Teammates guess what is being drawn.

Turn Animal Words into The Animal

For example, use the word “cow” to draw a cow.  Challenge your family members to draw the animal you write into that animal.  This method allows creative expression, word recognition and challenges the drawer to use their imagination.

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7 Techniques to Help your Child with their Homework (…and have a Stress-free Sunday Evening)

Homework is a challenge for many parents, especially as their child starts to move up through the year groups from reception.  All parents have dreaded that last-minute homework on a Sunday evening after a busy weekend, when neither you or your child is in the right frame of mind to practice spellings, times tables or Google what Romans ate for breakfast!

There are several techniques you can use to ensure that this Sunday night drama is not a regular occurrence and help to encourage your child to not see homework as a tick box exercise, but to actually enjoy it and make it part of their home routine.

 

Establish a study zone

Create a place in your home where you feel your child can do their homework with no interruptions or distractions – definitely away from the television or switch the television off, also encourage younger siblings not to interrupt or even give them their own homework task such as playdough or drawing!  This study space should have a clear work surface where your child can sit comfortably, has good lighting and all the tools they need, for instance their pens, work books and a dry-wipe whiteboard for planning.

Discuss homework

Chat to your child about their homework in a relaxed environment, maybe when you are discussing what they did at school that day.  Ask questions such as, what homework they have been given, what task do they need to do their homework, when does it need to be done by and how you can help them.

Homework planner

Get your child to write their homework down on a planner, such as a homework diary or on their dry-wipe whiteboard.  Having a visible list of what they have to do, will encourage your child to get it done.

Encourage

By encouraging your child to plan, it will help your child to take responsibility for organising, planning and doing their homework.  If the homework is based around topic work, then encourage your child with their ideas at the planning stage. Give you child ongoing encouragement by praising them when they have put in a lot of effort or when their homework is tidily presented.  If they are practising spellings, times tables or handwriting skills then support them by repeating them daily, giving encouragement on the number of right answers going up.

Routine

Having a set time for homework avoids that last-minute panic.  Establish a routine around a time that works best for your child and the family involve your child in this decision.

Individuals

As with everything else treat each of your children as individuals in the homework arena, each child will have very different learning styles and sometimes what works for one child does not work for others. Some children enjoy support whereas others prefer to get on with it and ask what you think afterwards.  For example, my son is a lone learner who has the ability to absorb information by reading and writing, whereas my daughter needs some physical interaction.  When she was in KS1, my husband would quite often come home to the entire contents of the cutlery drawer being on our kitchen table and us in the process of learning division and multiplication!

Reading

A love of reading is a gift you can give your child, reading not only gives them the excitement of a fictional story but is a tool to increase their knowledge on any topic they are interested in.  By reading regularly with your child and being a role model by reading yourself, this will influence them to be independent readers from an early age.

 

All these techniques go hand-in-hand and by establishing them within your family routine when your child is young, this will give you more of a chance to have a stress-free Sunday evening.

 

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