“Today’s Post” is a talking activity for children, powered by the written word! It seeks out a bit more detail than the fortune teller chatty activity and who doesn’t like getting a letter or two?!
One of my earliest teaching memories is asking students to use the front (not back door) of the classroom, at the end of my lessons. Days and weeks went by and they never seemed to listen. Then one day I wrote a note saying “Please use the 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. A bit of clarity perhaps.
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 you 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).
Beforehand I gushed to the boys excitedly about hearing about their days, and they seemed keen to tell us and try a new activity.
This talking activity for children is most successful with open ended questions. So try and avoid questions that can be answered with a one word answer or simple yes/no. Who, what, why and how questions were most popular. I got some BRILLIANT ideas for questions from the mother.ly website linked here!
The boys definitely enjoyed the extra chatting and I loved hearing more about their days at school. I literally heard all sorts of stuff!
To sum up
Written open ended questions and an obvious excitement about finding out about their day that made this 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 mentioned above.
N.B. If your children are younger they might find the fortune teller chatty activity a bit fiddly so maybe try this first.
Looking for more ideas?
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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 be brilliant to hear how you got on here, on Facebook or Instagram. Thanks for stopping by!