“Turkey, turkey, where’s your egg? Somebody took it from your nest. Guess who?” the children sang with delight on a Thursday afternoon during games day enrichment. The game is a Thanksgiving twist on the classic children’s game “Doggie, Doggie, Where’s Your Bone?” which the children have practiced playing earlier in the school year. Smiles and giggles filled the room as each child had a turn to take the egg (our ovoid geometric solid from the sensorial area) from the nest and hide it behind their back while the rest of the children pretend to hide an egg behind their backs too. The child (turkey) gets to guess who took the egg.
Games day is always a hit. Young children benefit in many ways when playing games such as this one. It is an opportunity for them to improve social skills, improve problem-solving skills as well as practice patience, sharing and taking turns. Playing games stimulates the mind by increasing curiosity, creativity and imagination. Many skills are being developed all while having fun!
“Play is the work of the child.”
– Maria Montessori