I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

To the Peel Commission, 1937

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.