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A new twist on twister

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I teach phonics and am always trying to hatch up a new idea on how to make it fun. I really like this one and it is a game my students beg to play.

You know the regular twister. The idea is the same but I substitute letters for the colors. I thought of taping sheets of paper with letters over my original game but realized that they would be ripped to bits in no time. Instead I bought some large sheets of clear plastic and taped the letters to the under-side so the letters show through the plastic. I use 4x4 to 6x6 rows depending on the size of the class. For example:

a e i o u
a e i o u
a e i o u
a e i o u
a e i o u

Now use a spinner or simply draw cards out of a bag with right hand, left hand, right foot, left foot on them and choose a letter name or sound to say. The rest goes like the original twister. Have the first kids out help you pull the cards out of the bag or say the letters or their sounds. I am sure you could do animals, fruit, numbers or anything else that is on a piece of paper.

Alaina Sato
Hokkaido, Japan

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