notes accompany the original Snapdragon radio series and include activities
based around the themes of numeracy and literacy.
Teacher's Notes (253kb)
songs to print off and sing!
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Notes and tips on the website
is the 3 to 6 year old in our lives, bringing with him all that a child
of that age contributes to our daily existence.
have an opportunity to learn simple Welsh words and phrases with Snapdragon:
numbers, colours, names of animals, etc.
How To Help The Children
The site has lots
of games for children from about 3 to 6 years of age to enjoy. Children
will be able to play the games on their own but adults/teachers will
need to be at hand to help with reading information on the screen and
printing out activity sheets. Sound out the words you see on screen
to the children and count out aloud with them. Get to know your way
around the site before introducing the children to it. Continually encourage
and praise the children.
games have been designed to help young children to develop a range of
fundamental skills ranging from numeracy, sound, letter and word recognition,
to control of the mouse as hand-to-eye co-ordination is developed when
they play the games. Children and adults will quickly learn Welsh as they
play the games because Welsh words and phrases in addition to English
ones are heard and seen on screen. Games are repetitive but become slightly
more challenging as you move along.
The games are:
THAT? – recognising animal sounds / matching
- counting and recognising items / matching
COLOUR? - recognising colours / counting and matching
THE TIME - use a clock and move the hands
- This is a selection of simple line drawings of animals which Snapdragon
is familiar with from his radio programmes. The idea is to encourage
young people to print things out - making a connection between the computer
screen and the printer. Then their colouring skills come into play.
The Gallery -
This is something which will be used to display young people's artwork.
This is whether it comes from colouring in the suggestions Snapdragon
has made or young imaginations. The hope is that young people will be
further encouraged to paint and draw when they see their own pictures
in Snapdragon's Gallery.
Either scan your
child's image and send it as an e-mail attachment to Snapdragon at email@example.com
or send it to:
New Media Education and Learning,
Also, feel free
to e-mail or write to us with any suggestions that you, as parents and
teachers, may have about Snapdragon.
For the best results
view the site in thousands or millions of colours with Internet Explorer
4 or Netscape Navigator 4. If you experience problems such as sound
without graphics then the chances are that you have an out of date version
of the Shockwave plugin for your browser. Visit www.macromedia.com to
get the latest version.
note that the designers have tried to make the downloading time as brief
as possible so that adults and children alike do not get bored! Each game
will partially download before play begins and data will continue to download
as the game progresses.
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