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Tickle Time!

Target: various (being silly) fun
energetic
exercise
humour
Age: toddlers and young children
Duration: up to 5 minutes
Class Size: any
Energy Level: high - usually energises a group
Type: make believe activity
Equipment: 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.

Note: 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.

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