The Top 6 Types of Repurposed Games: From Precision to Super Silliness
No one knows quite how to breathe new life into something old quite like a teacher. Since Orton-Gillingham students require extensive practice to reach mastery of the concepts being taught, one of the best ways to practice is to incorporate lots of games into your lessons. While card games are easy to make and effective for practice, today I want to introduce you to some other options that you may not have thought of. Repurposing games you have lying around the house or that you find at yard sales or thrift stores can add some variety and humor to your Orton-Gillingham lessons or small group literacy intervention lessons.
These are some of my favorite games to repurpose. You DO NOT have to break the bank and buy them brand new. Here are a few ways to find them.
- “Borrow” (ahem) steal them from your own kids. It’s not really stealing if they aren’t using them anymore. Much like the Halloween candy we “inspect,” don’t let them see you do it.
- Yard Sales: A gold mine of used goods or white elephant galore, you NEVER know when you might scarf up a game to use for a lesson.
- Online: You can score games online for a real steal if you time it right. I actually find them cheaper than the ones I see in the big box toy stores.
- Dollar Stores: Every teacher’s not so dirty secret. You can score a knock off of Jenga pretty easily in a dollar store, and it works just fine. Trust me. Sets of checkers where you stick on circle dots written with words for kids to read or syllabicate. Lots of good games can be found here. You just have to put on your bargain hunter hat.
- Dollar Spot. WHY is the Target Dollar Spot right when you walk into the store? I come in for one thing, Target and bam… hundreds later! Anyway, the dollar spot can be an easy place to find game pieces or sets of small games like dry erase dice, (which was a total score for me by the way, Target) and so much more. So go there, too.
Games You Can Repurpose
3. Board Games With the use of word cards, almost any board game (Checkers, Sorry, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders) can be turned into a learning game. For every roll of the dice or flick of the spinner, the student reads a word card or completes a spelling task. To incorporate a little movement break, I like to designate certain spots on the game board for doing a silly dance.
These games are all kid tested and teacher approved. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!
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