Our culminating activity for our dinosaur/volcano week was a morning playing Escape the Volcano!
Skills our silly game focused on included: color recognition, shape names, counting, singing, gross motor skills, using a full sentence, answering simple questions, and following directions.
Materials Needed: game pieces for each player (little people work great), game board pieces, dice template, and tape
1. Print out your dice template and put it together. I liked this one because it helped the game go a bit slower so that we mostly landed on every square.
2. Print out your game board pieces and tape them to the floor. We printed off two sets and made them go everywhere!
3. Place your volcano at the start of your gameboard...
and your house at the end... when you reach the house, you've survived and escaped the volcano!!
4. Brainstorm what you want each game board piece to say. We printed out one version of game board pieces that had pre-printed activities on them and another one that was blank... so my little guy could help me decide what we were going to do.
Some of the activities we came up with were: slither around like a snake, fly around the room like a pterodactyl, skip in a circle, count to 20, kiss Caitlin (baby), crab walk around the room, stomp around like a dinosaur, sing Two Little Blackbirds, etc.
5. Start playing! The first player rolls the dice and then moves that many spaces. Once he gets to his spot, he reads what the game board piece says and does the action.
We had so much fun moving our crazy game pieces across the board... and yelling as we were trying to escape. My little guy kept getting worried that the lava was going to get us!
As we landed on each piece, we talked about the name of each shape, counted the sides (when necessary), and said the color of the shape. You could also talk about objects in your house that are the same shape.
Wow! We were exhausted when we were done playing. If you double the game board pieces, you may want to print out your own blank die and put numbers 1-4 on it instead of just 1-2... otherwise it might take too long. I tried to avoid the dice templates that had numbers 1-6 because they just made the game go too quickly and you ended up skipping too many of the shapes.
After we played the game each time, we walked along the game board pieces and as we stepped on each shape, we said it's name. Some were trickier than others- especially hexagon, pentagon, and octagon!
We also included some game board pieces that asked the players to tell something about themselves (favorite song, food, etc.). When we landed on these spots we worked on using full sentences to share about ourselves. Making a whole game board of "get to know you" questions would be perfect to do with new friends. By the end of the game, everyone would know a little bit more about each other! I loved seeing my little guy's face light up when he got to share something about himself. We worked on not interrupting when I was sharing about myself and he wanted to tell something too. We talked about taking turns in conversation and then how to make appropriate follow up comments or questions when someone shares.
Thanks for joining us for some dinosaur and volcano fun this week at Camp Mom! Next week we'll be moving and grooving with planes, trains, automobiles, and all sorts of other vehicles!