Furthermore, we have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population... In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security.

George F Kennan (19042005)

Policy Planning Study 23
US State Department, 1948

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.