Chinese Learning Activity - Radical Fun Games

More Radical Fun Games

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!

Continuing on from our previous post on activities for teaching children Chinese radicals, we have included a few more in this post. A few of these activities are geared more for younger children – but the last one is definitely for older kids who have more characters under their belt.

ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK

Most of these activities focus on matching and locating the radicals within a character. Hopefully, your younger children will have so much fun that they won’t notice learning anything.

ACTIVITIY 1 - Radical Egg Hunt
(age 3+, single/multiple player)
WHAT YOU NEED 道具
  • Sheets of paper
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Plastic eggs (e.g. Easter eggs)
HOW TO MAKE 準備
  • Cut many tiny cards that can fit into a plastic egg
  • Write several pairs of radicals on the cards
  • Put cards into the eggs
  • Hide them throughout your house or a room (you can skip this if you want)
HOW TO PLAY 玩法
  1. Have the children go find the eggs
  2. After all the eggs are found, have them open the eggs and then pair up and match the radicals. They will have to work together if there are multiple children.
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 more radicals (vs having lots of the same radicals)
  2. Instead of pairing radicals with a matching radical, have radicals pairing with characters with that radical. (eg: 亻/個)
  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).
ACTIVITIY 2 - Radicals Memory Matching
(age 3+, single/multiple player)
WHAT YOU NEED 道具
  • Sheets of paper
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Plastic eggs
HOW TO MAKE 準備
  • Cut many tiny cards that can fit into a plastic egg
  • Write several pairs of radicals on the cards
HOW TO PLAY 玩法
  1. Mix up the cards and place them face down on the floor.
  2. Have the first child flip over two cards. If they match, they keep the pair and can either go again or have the next child go.
  3. Take turns until all cards are paired.
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 more radicals (vs having lots of the same radicals)
  2. Instead of pairing radicals with a matching radical, have radicals pairing with characters with that radical. (eg: 亻/個)
  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 the Radicals Memory Matching game.

ACTIVITIY 3 - Radicals Detective Game
(age 3+, single/multiple player)
WHAT YOU NEED 道具
  • Sheets of paper
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Or Sagebooks Study Cards
  • Tiny tokens or circles/rings
HOW TO MAKE 準備
  • Write several characters or use the Sagebooks Study Cards
HOW TO PLAY 玩法
  1. Shuffle the cards.
  2. Either give each child a card of their own or work on one card together.
  3. Have each child put a token or ring on every possible radical in the character (or take turns).
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 very complex characters with multiple radical options.
  2. If your children are really young, you may want to use only the easiest radicals (eg: 口,手,目,人).
  3. If you have mixed age groups, you may want to have the children use separate cards.
 
ACTIVITIY 4 - Radicals Elimination Game
(age 3+, single/multiple player)
WHAT YOU NEED 道具
  • Sheets of paper
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Timer
HOW TO MAKE 準備
  • Write radicals on the cards
HOW TO PLAY 玩法
  1. Hand each child a sheet of paper and write the numbers 1-10.
  2. Mix up the radical cards and draw a card.
  3. Draw a card and show the children the radical.
  4. Set a timer for 1-2 minutes and have the children write as many characters as possible (up to 10) within that time limit.
  5. Then, have one child read all their answers. After each answer, if someone else also wrote that character, they will all cross that character off the list.
  6. After the first child is done, go to the next child. If they have any characters left, they can read them and again, if someone else wrote that character, they will all cross that character off.
  7. Keep repeating until no one has any overlapping characters left.
  8. Winner is the one with the most unique characters written for the radical.
ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PLAY 玩法變化

這個遊戲的難度頗高。視乎孩子的情況,你可以增加以下的活動:

This is a very difficult activity so depending on the age of your child, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity by:

  1. Using radicals with more options vs rarer radicals.
  2. If children are too competitive, you don’t have to eliminate all the characters they have in common and instead have the children see if they can beat themselves and see how many characters they can come up within the time limit. (vs. limiting to ten)
  3. 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 the Radicals Memory Elimination 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

不要和其他人作比較。

現在社交媒體盛行,我們每天、隨時都看到別人在做甚麼、怎麼做。就這樣,我們很難免就會將自己、將孩子、將自己家中的生活和其他人比較。

要盡量抑止將自己或孩子去與其他人比較的衝動喔。大家在媒體上發放的,肯定都是最光彩、最得意、最後的成果。你不會輕易感受到他們背後的努力或經歷過的失敗。這樣比下來,只會讓你或孩子感到沮喪。其實,其他人怎樣不應該影響到你自己。不管他們得到好成績或是一團糟,都完全不會影響到你家孩子的成長和學習。

與此同時,你必須要將關注放在孩子的成長目標:語文知識和應用能力。

Stop comparing.

Thanks to modern social media, we see how others are doing in their lives more than ever before. Because of that, it’s very easy to compare ourselves with how our peers or our children’s peers are doing.

Resist the urge to compare you and your children to others. People usually only show the highlights and not the effort or hardships. This will only make you and your children miserable. After all, what does it matter how other people are doing? Whether they do well or not has zero impact on your child’s progress.

Instead, focus on the end goal:  literacy and fluency .

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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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