Any activity that gets my boys moving and learning is the perfect activity for them. So, this Command Word Frisbee Toss works extremely well for us. At almost 5 and 3.5 years old, my two older sons are deeply within their sensitive periods for language.
Still, trying to find activities that span their age difference, albeit only 18 months, can be difficult. This command word language activity is for 3.5-6-year-olds.
Command Word Language Activity
Children begin to learn command words and phrases early in their language-learning journey. The first commands are simple, short vowel words like “hop” and “dig”, and then move on to digraphs and phonograms like “clap” and “jump”.
- Command words, phrases, or images
Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement, we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.~ Dr. Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood
- Print out command words, phrases, or images (I printed on card stock and laminated the cards)
- Place a piece of velcro on the back of each card
- Place a piece of velcro on the back of the frisbee
- Gather children (or child) and explain the activity
- Explain to the child that commands words tell us to do something
- Attach a card on the back of the frisbee
- Toss the frisbee to the child
- Have the child read the word, phrase, or image
- Have the child perform the command on the card & toss the frisbee back (or to the next child)
- Once you have the frisbee in your hand again, replace the command card with a new card
- Repeat until the child loses interest
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