Prepositions (eg. in, on, under, from etc) are a major part of speech that we do not pay attention to all that much.
In this game, your child is going to practice forming a chain of prepositions to see who can keep the chain going for longer.
This activity requires this worksheet.
Objective(s) of activity:
Starting from the basic sentence “The girl saw a dog”, your child and you are going to take turns adding preposition phrases to the sentence.
Each subsequent preposition must be in a class of meaning that is dictated by the other player: Time, Position, Direction, and ‘Other’.
When a person is unable to add anymore prepositions, they have lost the round.
Targeted age group:
Children of ages 8 and up can play this game.
Number of participants:
One child is sufficient to play this game.
You will use this worksheet to do this activity.
There are two tasks that have to be completed in the worksheet before you can play this game. These two tasks are to:
These tasks are done so that you can be sure that your child knows how to use each one and then play the game effectively. Suggested answers are provided in the worksheet.
Once this is completed, your child can keep the worksheet in front as a reminder of what the different classes of prepositions are.
Now it is time to play the game proper.
One person will come up with a sentence that will serve as the base for building prepositions.
Eg. John walked the dog.
The other person will then have to add a preposition phrase to this sentence.
Eg. John walked the dog to the park.
The next player will then have to add a preposition phrase to this sentence from the start. However, there are two rules:
The following shows what a good sequence may look like.
A: John walked the dog.
B: John walked the dog to the park. (direction)
A: John walked the dog to the park near the beach. (location)
B: John walked the dog to the park near the beach over the hill. (direction)
A: John walked the dog to the park near the beach over the hill after dinner. (time)
... and so on.
The round ends when the next person up is unable to recall the sentence correctly or adds a preposition phrase that is from the same class.
The memory component is an integral part of the game and so you should not write down the sentence. If this memory component is not present, the round can technically go on for a very long time (which is fine if you’re ok with it).
The winner of the round can then come up with the next base sentence to add preposition phrases to.
Notes for scaling up difficulty:
If you are playing with older kids, you can require two prepositions, each from a different category to be added to the sentence.
If you are playing with younger kids, you can actually do away with this requirement. With such kids, you can also write down the sentence that you are building and allow short peeks to refresh their memory.
Let me know how it went. What was the longest sentence you guys came up with?