Jun 30, 2016
WonderWorks: Playing with grids (or "Battleship" gets a more peaceful make-over)
Today's Topic: Grid Game "Muncha Muncha Muncha!"
for each pair of players, 2 blank file folders and a printed copy of this PDF (note: if you want to get fancy, you can laminate all the parts and stick velcro dots on them. Or you can just enjoy the ephemeral nature of a paper-based game and use sticky tape.)
Muncha! muncha! muncha! / Fleming, Candace
What the kids actually did: first of all, kudos to the parent who suggested that we prop a book up between the two folders to help them stand up.
Fourth... I was THRILLED when, the day after this game happened, one of the families came to my storytime and brought with them.... a home-made grid SECRET CODE that the kid (a 6 year old sibling of the WonderWorks participant who also attends) had developed himself after our WonderWorks class. His mom says they hadn't ever discussed grids in school yet, but she was confident that after the WonderWorks class and this subsequent project that he has a solid grasp of the concept. AMAZING!
Hindsight Tip: Although very few of the kids (and not even all of the adults) could actually fully understand all of the traditional "Battleship" rules and procedures, there was still some useful learning going on. I don't think I'll use this game again in WonderWorks, but perhaps with a slightly older school-age group it might work well?