Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bridge Builder: Chinese Character Review Game

Every time we return from a break from Mandarin lessons, it takes us a few weeks to get the "wheels turning" and remember all the characters/vocab from weeks past.

This week we adapted a vocab review game from Genki English called Island Hopping to review our Chinese characters. I called our game "Bridge Builder."

This is how we played the game:

1. Type or write the Chinese characters you want to review on pieces of paper or notecards. 
  • I chose 24 characters to review and wrote them with a big sharpie on 5X7 notecards.

2. Each player must "build a bridge" from a pre-selected starting line to a finish line by placing the cards down on the ground, one after the other. 
  • We built bridges from one end of the rug to the other. 

3. The cards cannot be placed until the player says the name of the character out loud. 
  • For reference, I let the girls use their Character binders, which contain all of the characters they have learned (pinyin, translation, etc...). 

4. The first player to cross the finish line wins!

When we played the game, I gave each player a stack of different characters, but the game could easily be played using several copies of the same characters (i.e. 4 of each). I'm going to try it this way next time as a way to help the girls quickly recognize and review some of our recent characters. 

Try this out and let me know what you think! 

Was this game an effective way to review Chinese characters? 

Are there other games you play in your home? 

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