Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? ...If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn't have to draft me, I'd join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I'll go to jail, so what? We've been in jail for 400 years.

Muhammed Ali (1942-2016)

Tickle Time!

Choice Card: Tickle Time!
various (being silly)
toddlers and young children
up to 5 minutes
Class Size:
Energy Level:
high - usually energises a group
make believe activity
big soft dice, whiteboard, timer

Write up 6 'times' on the board and number them. For example:

  1. sleeping time
  2. sneezing time
  3. jumping time
  4. hopping time
  5. dancing time
  6. tickling time

Number 6 is always tickling time (hence the name). Set the timer as desired and start.

Someone rolls the dice and everyone does the activity indicated. After a little of that roll the dice again. Play until the buzzer goes or everyone is tired.


teachers who are very strict about phonics and what written English children in their classes are exposed to it may like to prepare flashcards of the activites rather than writing them up on the board. The advantage of writing them is that it's possible to get children to come up with suggestions on the spot.