Fun Games to Tackle Radicals

Fun Games to Tackle Radicals

As we discussed in a previous post, teaching our children Chinese radicals is important for remembering and guessing the meaning or pronunciation of a character. This post focuses on fun activities to either help your kids identify or recognize the radicals within characters.

希望我們在這裏分享的各種遊戲能帶給孩子學習的歡樂,也帶給你更多的家庭教學靈感。大家發到【講媽 ⦁ 講爸】Facebook 群組 的孩子學習照片為我們帶來很大的鼓舞。要是你還未加入我們的大家庭,那就要趕快去看看喔!

We hope you have been finding these activities and tips helpful and fun. We certainly have been enjoying your pictures and feedback in our Sagebooks HK Parent Support Facebook Group. If you haven’t checked us out there yet, please take a quick second to join!

ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK

Learning about radicals may seem like a hard or boring activity. However, if we could treat it like looking for clues in a scavenger hunt or treasure map, it will be a lot more fun for our children. Here are two fun games for you to try with your children.

ACTIVITIY 1 - Radical BINGO Activity
(age 3+, single/multiple player)
WHAT YOU NEED 道具
HOW TO MAKE 準備
  • Make a grid of 3×3 up to 5×5 (like a BINGO card) (multiple sheets)
  • Pull out or write 10-15 radical word cards
  • Fill in the grid with a variety of characters that pair with the 10-15 radical cards (different characters or arrangement for each sheet)
  • Put the 10-15 radical cards in a bowl or mix them up.

We have created some sample sheets and radical cards which are not included in the Study Cards. Please feel free to click on the image and download:

Most of the common radicals can be found in the Study Cards:

馬 / 女 / 人 / 口 / 水 / 木 / 手 / 心 / 刀 / 山 / 十 / 門 / 日…

HOW TO PLAY 玩法
  1. Have each player choose a BINGO sheet
  2. Pull out a radical from the bowl or deck.
  3. Say the radical out loud (or, for a harder version, have your child read it)
  4. Each player will look at their BINGO sheet and look for character(s) that have the radical and place a token on the character(s).
  5. First person to place a token on every square (or have a full vertical/horizontal/diagonal row) wins.
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ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PLAY 玩法變化

視乎孩子的情況,你可以增加以下的活動:

Depending on the age of your child, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity by:

  1. Using a bigger or smaller grid
  2. Using radicals that look different as a character (eg: 人/亻, 手/扌,心/忄,川/巛,火/灬) versus as a radical.
  3. Using characters that on first glance could have several radical options (eg: 好, 字, 古)
  4. If your children are really young, you may want to use only the easiest radicals (eg: 口,手,目,人).

Below is a video showing how to play Radical Bingo.

ACTIVITIY 2 - Sorting Radicals Activity
(age 3+, single/multiple player)
WHAT YOU NEED 道具
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HOW TO MAKE 準備
  • Pull out and place 3-5 radical cards and place in a line.
  • Pull out or write 3-5 character cards that have that radical
  • Mix all the character cards
HOW TO PLAY 玩法
  1. Have the first player choose a character card and then place it with the appropriate radical.
  2. Either have the child continue until they’re done matching or take turns with other players.
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ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PLAY 玩法變化

視乎孩子的情況,你可以增加以下的活動:

Depending on the age of your child, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity by:

  1. Using radicals that look different as a character (eg: 人/亻, 手/扌,心/忄,川/巛,火/灬) versus as a radical
  2. Using characters that on first glance could have several radical options (eg: 好, 字, 古)
  3. If your children are really young, you may want to use only the easiest radicals (eg: 口,手,目,人)
  4. Having the children compete who can sort the fastest or who see if they can beat a previous time.

Below is a video showing how to play Sorting Radicals game.

我們希望能看到你的孩子做這些遊戲的照片或影片,也希望能聽到你的意見或提問。更歡迎加入我們的【講媽 ⦁ 講爸】Facebook 群組,我們等你喔~

We would love to hear your comments and see pictures of your kids doing the activities. Make sure you join our Sagebooks HK Parent Support Facebook Group and share with us!

HOMESCHOOLING TIPS

將語文遊戲帶到生活中。
例如要學韻字,可以選定一個字(例如「爸」),當天之內遇到或用到與這個字押韻的就指出來:小巴、菊花、蝦… 從這些不必認讀的語文遊戲開始,讓孩子漸漸感到語文的各種趣味性,日後再搬到紙上就容易多了。

Make do with what you have.

Sometimes we as parents get a little carried away with acquiring all the books or games or activities because we conflate owning something with actually using it. We also falsely equivocate buying something educating our children.

Yes, there will be times you graduate to more advanced materials or find that you really so need supplemental books. But oftentimes we just need to use what we already own.

Like this tip? Join us in our Facebook Group and meet other parents who are teaching their kids Basic Chinese 500 at all different ages and levels.

我們會經常為大家探討漢字和語文的課題。
要是你有特別的相關課題希望我們探討,歡迎您告訴我們。

We discuss Chinese language and culture related topics on a regular basis.
If you would like us to discuss certain topics about Chinese, please let us know.

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Many parents are already part of our Facebook Group. If you’d like to take advantage of the collective wisdom of your fellow parents, please join us.

We’d love to hear from you.

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Sagebooks Hongkong promotes independent reading and life-long learning by nurturing the child’s confidence, autonomy and self-teaching abilities. Since 2006. Find out more About Us.

© 2020 Sagebooks Hongkong. All rights reserved.

Sagebooks Hongkong promotes independent reading and life-long learning by nurturing the child’s confidence, autonomy and self-teaching abilities. Since 2006. Find out more About Us.

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