When I was a little girl, I spent almost every Friday night at my grandparents’ house. My Grandma loved to sew. In fact, she made most of my clothes until I went to junior high. I spent many hours looking at tins of buttons, spools of thread, and patterns. One of the games that I played with Grandma while she sewed was “hide the thimble”. Have you heard of that game? It may have been a game that Grandma invented to entertain me. It is also one that you can use for inside recess. It has an added bonus of teaching your students prepositions.
I would recommend playing this whole group the first time. After your students learn how to do it, you can divide your class into small groups. You will need as many thimbles as the number of groups.
Before playing this, you will want to introduce prepositions to your class. I have a free packet that has a word bank that would be helpful to use as a reference for this.
- Is the thimble near the sink?
- Is the thimble beside a shelf?
- Is the thimble under a book?
You can answer with yes or no. Or if you think your students need help, you can give clues like, no but you are getting warmer, you are cold or your are in the hot zone. That’s when they get really excited!