Chatty Cat 2
The Chatty Cat 2 Ball contains 32 questions and actions to challenge and improve children’s oral language skills. This ball contains challenging open ended questions, and various actions for children to complete when playing with the ball. Playing with the Chatty Cat 2 ball will help to extend and improve children’s ability to speak about themselves.
Some of the questions/actions on the Chatty Cat Ball include:
Cé as tú?
Inis dom faoi d’áit chónaithe.
Céard a rinne tú an deireadh seachtaine seo caite?
Inis dom faoin chlann.
An bhfuil suim agat sa cheol?
Gach duine – Léimigí suas agus síos cúig huaire
How to play:
Player A begins by choosing a question and directing it towards another player (Player B).
When Player B correctly answers the question Player A throws the ball to him/her.
Player B will then read out a question and direct it to another player (the question/action is determined by the nearest handprint to where their right hand lands).
If the player’s right hand lands on an instruction (rather than a question), the whole group must complete it. This player then gets to choose what question they are going to ask, and to whom they are asking it.
How the Chatty Cat Ball 2 could be used?
In The Classroom :
At the beginning of class the Chatty Cat Ball could be used as a warm up activity (this would give the teacher a good opportunity to correct/assist with pronunciation).
The teacher could divide the class into groups and have each group working together with a different Chatty Cat Ball (hence children get to practice their oral language skills without the pressure of the whole class listening).
PE- the teacher could incorporate activities with the Chatty Cat Ball into PE lessons.
At Home :
Parents/carers could use the Chatty Cat 2 Ball to have fun with their kids whilst improving their oral language skills at the same time.
Smarty Cat Games
Smarty Cat Games has developed several language resources to assist children with learning Irish in a fun and informal manner.
These games ensure that children become more actively involved in their own learning, thus acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge to become more competent in the Irish language.