I Spy- Pretend you are in a jungle with your child. Tell them there are wild characters hiding all throughout the jungle. Tell him/her that you've been challenged to pictures of as many different wild characters as possible (or just point out the characters with a finger). Walk with your child around the house; can you child tell you what each wild character says (read the character)? What does the character mean?
Landmarks- Throughout the week, create situations that make the posted characters useful. For example, when your child asks where his/her favorite teddy bear is you could say, "I think I saw him in the same room as the 木 character." Help your child find the correct character and track down the bear.
Find the Pirate Treasure- Consider that your child has to learn three things when learning a new character.
- What the character looks like (AKA Character Recognition)- ex. 木
- What the character says (AKA how to read the character)- ex. "Mù" OR "ㄇㄨˋ"
- What the character represents- ex. Tree
- Hand your child the first clue. Ex. Find the character 木.
- Your child looks for 木 hanging on the wall. Once found, the child looks under the paper and finds the next clue. Ex. A word starting with the sound "ㄕ."
- You'll want to be sure that only one of the currently posted characters starts with "ㄕ."
- Your child finds the character 水. Looking under the paper reveals the next clue. Ex. A word meaning "sun."
- Your child finds the 日 character. Under the paper, your kid finds a picture of a treasure chest. You tell him/her they've reached the end of the hunt and have discovered the pirate treasure. Its a piece of gum, chocolate treasures, a certificate redeemable for extra book reading time at bed time, a trip to the park, sticker, game time with Mom/Dad, etc.
Bumper Kids- I call this game "Bumper Kids" to remind you that this game is best played with only one or two kids. Have the kids stand in the middle of the room. Next, call out different characters (in Chinese or provide the English meaning). The child or children then try to run as fast as they can to the place where that character is posted. (This game works best with 3-5 characters posted in the same room.)
*Here are some pre-made files to help you begin these games in your house.
Common Characters Only
Common Characters with ㄅㄆㄇ
ㄅㄆㄇ Only for Common Characters
Common Characters with Pinyin
Pinyin Only for Common Characters
Images Representing Characters (only some characters are represented since not every common character lends itself to being represented with an image easily)