5 fun activities to make online classes interesting for Kindergarten to Primary school children


Online classes need more attention than traditional teaching classes. Especially when it comes to kids, making them pay attention to the class and to follow instructions are difficult. But it can be brought into practice through fun activities. In this article you will find 5 fun activities that you can do with kids online classes. This would be a great help to break the ice for the newcomers as well.

1. Scavenger hunt

Scavenger hunt is primarily played outdoors. The participants are asked to get the miscellaneous items based on the clues. But when it comes to online, children are asked to get things from their residence based on the clues.

How to play scavenger hunt?

Instructor has to prepare some 5 to 10 clues for hunting, based upon the team size. Once the game starts,the instructor has to start giving hints. After each hint, a timer should begin. 1 minute is approximately enough to grab a thing within the home. Soon after the kids get their thing, they should show it in front of the camera. The one who shows the item that matches the clue first will get the maximum points. Depending upon the age group, the clues should be given. For kindergarten, it is always good to tell the items directly in order to avoid the repetition of instruction and time constraints. For other classes, the clues can be given

Sample clues for Kindergarten scavenger hunt:
  1. Pencil
  2. Toy
  3. Book
  4. Pillow
  5. Water bottle
  6. Spoon
  7. Stick
  8. Show your coloring
  9. Bag
  10. Photo


Sample clues for primary school students' scavenger hunt:
  1. Anything with red in color
  2. Anything that is in square
  3. Anything that has hole in it
  4. Anything that has your picture in it
  5. Anything that is soft
  6. Anything that is crunchy
  7. Anything that you use to write
  8. Anything that makes noise
  9. Anything that lights up
  10. Anything that you made


2. Drawing with oral instruction

Art and crafts are kids' favorites. They can entertain them with no doubt. Usually they are used to draw by seeing. When they are asked to draw with oral instruction, their ability to imagine a picture, relating words to visual and following instructions by words will improve.

Shape based drawing with oral instruction(Primary school students)
Step 1 : Medium size circle in the middle of paper
Step 2: Medium size square below the circle and the top of the square has to touch the bottom of the circle
Step 3: Medium size heart in the middle of the square
Step 4: Medium size of the rectangles on either side of the square, one side of the rectangle should touch the upper corner of the square.
Step 5: Medium size of a triangle on top of the circle. Bottom of the triangle should touch the top of the circle.
Step 6: Three small triangles inside the triangle
Step 7: A small triangle in the middle of the circle
Step 8: A boat like curved line below the small triangle.
Step 9: Two circles on top of the small triangle. The circles should appear on the upper sides of the small triangle.
Step 10: Show it in front of the camera
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How to give oral instructions for kindergarten?: It is difficult for kindergarten kids to draw with oral instructions. But a numbered picture can be sent before the class and their printouts should be given to the kids. When the teacher or instructor asks the kids to color a particular number with a particular color, they can color and at the end, they can show the picture in front of the camera.

Instructions:
Step 1. Color the parts with No.1 with red color
Step 2. Color the parts with no.2 with brown color
Step 3: Color the parts with no.3 with green color

Tips: Since the kindergarten kids take more time to color, it is advisable to give small pictures to this task.

3. Storytelling

In general, the teacher can tell a story or read a book for the kids weekly once. Otherwise, Every week one student can be chosen and asked to tell a story on his/her own or to narrate a story from the book he/she had read. In this case, the students should be prior informed about their turn. So that they can make preparations.

But to make it more interesting once in a month or once in two weeks, they can try a different method of storytelling. The instructor should show the picture book in front of the camera and kids can tell the story based on the picture. Before starting this session, kids should be given numbers and their turns should be defined based on the numbers. It is to avoid the confusion and the students can stay on mute until their turn comes. Kindergarten kids should be expected to tell a story or few words about the picture. 1st grade kids can tell a story about the picture. 2nd grade kids can continue the story one after the other based on the previous student's story-line.

4. Virtual rides

Few museums, Zoos and theme parks provide virtual views of their places in their website itself. You tube has videos of many such places. The theme park rides are uploaded by many riders themselves. Teachers should choose an interesting video of such a thing and share the screen with the students. Students can be asked to turn off the lights to feel the experience. It may or may not give the feeling of the ride, but surely they are better than the PPTs that you share with them in the class.

Check out on YouTube as Disney rides, Planetarium, Space view. Choose the video with visual and voice clarity for better experience.

5. Bingo

Bingo may look like a known game. Many teachers and students might have played this within the class. When it comes to online, this is a more fun game to play. Anyways when it comes to kindergarten the number based bingo will not work and we need to look for an alternative. you will find both traditional and alternative way of playing bingo as follows.

How to play Bingo?
Step 1: Draw 6 rows and 6 columns
Step 2: Fill the boxes with the numbers 1 to 36 randomly
Step 3: Write BINGO below the table
Step 4: The teacher should tell numbers randomly between 1 to 36 and the students have to strike the same number from his table.
Step 5: Students whoever complete a row or column should strike one letter from the word BINGO
Step 6: Students whoever complete striking all the letters of BINGO(that is complete striking 5 rows or columns) will be given maximum points.

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If your students are good at drawing the rows and columns and filling the numbers in it, you can go ahead and play the actual bingo.Else, colors are always there to make our job simple. You should seek the parents' help to have this fun time.

Instructions to parents
Step 1: Draw 6 rows and column
Step 2: Color the boxes with 3 major colors Red, blue and yellow randomly
Step 3: Write BINGO below the table
Step 4: Ask the parents to stay with kids to guide.
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Instructions to kids
When the teacher tells the color, the kid should strike only one box of that color at a time. When they complete striking a row or column of color boxes, parents should verify and strike a letter in the word BINGO. The one who completes first will be given maximum points.


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