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Tools for Teaching

Below are a number of tools that are useful in games for teaching the KidsWow English materials. We have spent years searching for tools that work well, and have sorted through lots that don't work. Here are some tools that we have found that do work.

Tools we use:

Baskets
Squeaky Hammer
Giant Die
Big Dice
Mini Work Cones
Squishy Ball
Toy Soldiers
Mini Clothes Pins
Big Clothes Pins
Plastic Fruit and Vegetables
Mini Poof Balls
Big Poof Balls
Plastic Blocks
Spongy Hoop
Numbers Puzzle
Plastic Alphabet Letters
Alphabet Puzzle (small letters)
Alphabet Puzzle (big letters)
Poker Chips
Jenga Blocks
Mini Laundry Hooks


 

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Baskets (assorted)
A variety of baskets. Good for throwing balls into, useful as targets or goals. Used in test-try games. In picture: Foam egg carton, collapsable laundry basket, collapsable cloth basket, wicker basket.

Baskets of a whole variety are available at most ¥100 shops.

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Squeaky Hammer
Lightweight plastic hammer. Makes a squeaking noise when you hit things with it. Safe for kids. Used in the Hammer Game.

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Giant Die (foam)
Huge foam rubber die covered with cloth. Soft and squishy, yet firm enough to roll. Used to help small kids practice numbers.

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Big Dice (hard)
Large ceramic dice. Used to practice numbers 1 through 12, specifically used in the Dice Game.

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Work cones

Mini Work Cones (Plastic)
Miniature plastic construction cones. Sturdy yet with no sharp edges. Used in test-try games.

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Squishy Ball (soft)
Medium-sized soft ball. Cloth outside with foam pellet filling. Safe for kids, and good for all kinds of ball toss games. Also used in a number of teaching activities, such as introductions: "My name is ______. What's your name?"– toss the ball.

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Toy Soldiers with dice (Plastic)
Toy soldiers or action figures. Soft plastic, not easily breakable. Used in BINGO Board Game.

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Mini Clothes Pins in cup
Miniature wooden clothes pins. For older kids. Used in Clothes Pin Game.

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Big Clothes Pins with egg timer
Large wooden clothes pins. For younger kids, substitute for the Mini Clothes Pins when playing the Clothes Pin Game.

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Plastic Fruit and Vegetables
A variety of hollow, plastic fruit and vegetables. Used in Go Get! Game. Also useful for What Do You Want? Game, Do You Want? Game, and What Do You Have? Game.

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Mini Poof Balls
Small soft balls in a variety of colors. Fuzzy and squishy, safe for kids. Used in many, many test-try games. Or, do you need to split 10 kids into 2 groups? Grab 5 of two colors of mini poof balls, mix them up in both hands, and let the kids choose which hand they want a ball from. No arguments– you have two teams.

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Big Poof Balls
Bigger soft balls in a variety of colors. Lightweight, fluffy, and completely safe for all sorts of ball toss games. Used in Test-Try Games, also good for teaching colors. What color do you like? What color do you have? What color do you want?

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Plastic Blocks (hollow)
Lightweight building blocks. Hollow and made of hard plastic in eight bright colors. Best for small kids. Useful for teaching basic colors.

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Springy Hoop
Springy cloth hoop with firm plastic rim. Bendable, and yet keeps its shape. Put it on top of a collapsable basket, and you have a hoop. Used in all sorts of Test-Try Games.

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Numbers Puzzle (foam)
Foam puzzle. Numbers 1 through 10 and math symbol cutouts can be removed from puzzle, and put back in again. The numbers and symbols can be arranged to create math problems and solutions. Best for small kids to practice numbers.

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Plastic Alphabet Letters
Alphabet letters that fit into a plastic tray. Contains the entire alphabet in capital letters. VERY IMPORTANT TOOL. Used for ABC practice, BINGO, and for teaching questions like "What is this?" and "What do you have?"

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Alphabet puzzle (foam - small letters)
Foam puzzle. Contains all the letters of the alphabet in lowercase. Letter cutouts can be removed from the puzzle and put back in again. Letters can be arranged to form words and sentences. Best for small kids to practice letters.

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Alphabet puzzle (foam - capital letters)
Foam puzzle. Contains all the letters of the alphabet in uppercase. Letter cutouts can be removed from the puzzle and put back in again. Letters can be arranged to form words and sentences. Best for small kids to practice letters.

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Poker Chips (plastic)
Plastic poker chips, good for stacking and counting. VERY USEFUL. Used in BINGO, BINGO Board Games, and for rewards in games like Who's Fastest? Game.

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Jenga Blocks (wooden)
Wooden building blocks. Fun for Jenga or other building block games. Used in Jenga Test-Try Game.

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Mini Laundry Hooks (plastic)
Small laundry hooks made of plastic. Hooks can be linked together in long strings like the Barrel of Monkeys game. Used in Hooks Test-Try Game.

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