A Talking Activity for Children; where it came from!
“Today’s Post” is a talking activity for children, powered by the written word!
One of my earliest teaching memories is asking students to use the front (not back door) at the end of lessons. Days and weeks went by and they never listened. Then one day I wrote a note saying “Please use other door” and stuck it to the back door. Every single students obeyed the sign! Maybe they thought somebody scary had written it, or maybe writing things down carries a bit more welly.
Either way, “Today’s Post” activity has certainly generated a lot more chatter about their school days than normal. N.B. If you’ve not got a postbox that really doesn’t matter! If you’re feeling crafty could make one out of cereal box, otherwise just grab a “post bag” or a hat!
Instructions for “Today’s Post” Activity
Sometimes the simplest ideas really are the best. Firstly I wrote down 8-10 questions on different coloured bits of paper. Then the boys took turns choosing and answering first (they both answered all the questions).
I gushed to the boys that we were really keen to know more about their day and they seemed excited to have a new activity to try.
This talking activity for children is most successful when the questions are open ended. Try and avoid questions that can be answered with a one word answer or simple yes/no. Who, what, why and how questions worked well. I got some BRILLIANT ideas for questions from the mother.ly website linked here!
Some of the questions were quirky and some straight forward, we all enjoyed the variety.
The boys both seemed to really enjoy the extra chatting and I loved hearing more about their days at school. I literally heard all sorts of stuff!
In summary, I think that it was having written open questions and an obvious excitement about finding out about their day, that made the activity successful.
Fancy hanging around for a bit?
If you like this talking activity for children, I think you would love the chatty fortune teller activity. N.B. If your children are younger they might find the fortune teller chatty activity a bit fiddly so maybe try this first.
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Time to say hello?
So whilst I always ask the boys about their day, I often find it tricky to really get them talking about school. As a result I am always on the look out for more ideas; I would love to hear about anything that you do to get your children talking 😁. If you try this activity it would also be brilliant if you could pop back and say how it went.