1. A game board with 6 x 6 squares (total 36) ; you can make a 3 x 3 matrix for younger children
2. Dice: home-made or regular six dot (In this example, one die has 1 through 6 on the faces and the other has 7 through 12.)
3. Sign the corner of your gameboard
4. Make 36 cards (with extras) see list for ideas to each age
1. Cover each nobody home space with a card.
2. Roll the dice (in the example, 3 and 8 come up).
3. Place the dice on top of the 3 and 8 and run one finger down from the 3 column and the other finger across from the 8 row.
4. Read the card at the intersection. Do what it says.
5. Give the card to the player (for a more competitive game) or make a pile for all the players of the cards (for a more cooperative, group game).
6. Repeat the process; if a card has already been taken from the space, the player reads "Nobody Home," the name of the game. Some cards may be "Read any card." The player getting that card gets it and any other one card s/he chooses to read from the ones left on the board.
Discuss what card set you will make for different age children.
How can you make a game of homework?
Nobody Home Game Card variations
REAL ITEMS TO NAME You can put small objects on the board instead of cards, things like a button, key, spoon, paper clip, action figure, etc.
PICTURES TO NAME Cut pictures of food from circulars or things from magazines and paste on cards
COLORS red, yellow, brown, pink, etc.
COLORED SHAPES a combination of the two above
ANIMALS Cut pictures from magazines or draw then on cards
|QUANTITY||dots in a variety of designs|
LETTERS Capital and lower case letters
NUMERALS 1 2 3 9 11 26 77 100 1,325 etc.
READING NAMES OF FAMILY MEMBERS and other significant words meaningful to a family like address and phone number: Pam Antonio Tonya Mom Aunt Lin Grama Sadie
READING SIGHT WORDS: the, was, one, won, to, etc.
ADDITION FACTS 1+1 3+2 6+7 12+12 24+45 OTHER MATH FACTS
SPELLING WORDS making homework ideas into a game
A/a, B/b, C/c... The child reads one letter and must write its capital
READ THE SENTENCE ... Jump up, touch your nose, stand on one foot, pretend to be a frog...
FOREIGN LANGUAGE Put the English on one side and the translation on the other side
|TIME CARDS||3:00 5:10 9:30 nine thirty|
STATES AND CAPITALS Ohio- Columbus, Kentucky- Frankfort...
SEQUENCES, 1,_,3,4... a, b,_ d, e... 1+1, 2+2, _+_, 4+4... 5l,_ _ 79,_
Dice FACE ALTERNATIVES:
Nobody Home Game Materials List
Work through with the parents an appropriate choice of cards for the ages of their children. The list moves from easy to hard.
My favorite (and original) game was to make names of all the members of our family. Even my three your old learned to site read all the names ... even all the ones that began with grama or grandpa! The 4s and 5s are ripe for this. They love "owning" their brothers' cards...