Monday, June 25, 2012 by Shelley Miles
July Activities, Language Arts, Literature, spoonerisms
JULY 22 - Rat catcher's day, Spooners day
The Pied Piper played a magical tune on his flute that caused all the rats in Hamelin to follow him out of town. Follow the Leader is an all time favorite game that’s useful for teaching children how to follow directions, and to develop their listening skills. So, just like the story, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, play a game of follow the leader!
If you've never read this story with your children, try this one illustrated by Kate Greenway. Pied Piper of Hamelin
Spooner's Day is all about Spoonerisms - Spoonerisms are phrases, sentences, or words in language with swapped sounds. Spoonerisms are named after Reverend William Archibald Spooner who was famous for making these verbal slips during his sermons.
Some examples of Spoonerisms include:
"lack of pies" instead of "pack of lies"
"mad banners" instead of "bad manners"
"a half-warmed fish" for "a half-formed wish"
"we'll have the hags flung out" for "we'll have the flags hung out"
While most spoonersisms happen by accident, see if your kids can make up some funny ones on their own. In addition to laughing, you'll be improving their language skills.
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