Animal alliteration is a fun activity to encourage children to develop their spoken language and listening skills as well as taking turns.
Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
Give well-structured descriptions and explanations
Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
Develop team working skills
Develop confidence in their own abilities
A quiet space to sit outside
Name cards for support if needed
Find a quiet place to sit outdoors and form a circle. Explain to the children that the activity is fun, but that they need to think about each other’s feeling before reacting to what is said.
Explain that each person in the circle will say their name, and then think of an animal that starts with the same letter as their name. They will also need to think of a describing work (ideally with the same letter again) and an action that shows that animal. For example, Emma, the excited elephant, and waving arm to create a trunk.
Teacher or another adult should start. Once they have had their turn the whole circle should say hello to the individual by name, animal name and copy the action.
Work around the circle so that each child has a turn, support where necessary with name cards for first letters, and prompting with descriptive words and actions.
Once each child has had a go place a ball in the circle. Explain that if the ball is rolled to them, they need to repeat the name, animal name and action of the person that sent the ball. Remind the children to be fair in their selection of children and to include everyone in the game.Develop into a game like, I went shopping and I bought…. By Starting with the sentence I went to the park and I met…..
Develop into a game like, I went shopping and I bought…. By Starting with the sentence I went to the park and I met…..
The game can take place in doors, but having other children around not taking part may make some children very uncomfortable
Limit the number of players so that children are not waiting too long for their turn