加一笔变新字 Add A Stroke, Make a New Character
After my kids have learnt some Chinese characters,
I was looking for a way to teach them to analyse the characters they know,
to make connections, notice similarities and differences,
- recognise which characters are 独体字 simple characters, or 合体字 compound characters
- identify the typical configurations of compound characters
- combine math and mandarin
- if we add only 1 stroke, what new character can we form?
- if we subtract 1 stroke?
- what radicals or words can we add to form a new character?
- if I multiply this character, can I form a new character?
This versatile set of 100 characters is a really fun way
to help our child find meaning in the characters they learn!
If you have 一, what will you get by adding a stroke?
Maybe 二，十，丁，厂，七 or even 乙!
How about 王?
If you add a stroke, you can get
玉，主，五，丑! Did you guess them all?
Why we love this set:
- very versatile - many ways to play
- handy to bring around - box is only about the size of an adult palm!
encourage higher order thinking to help our kids to learn to analyse and manipulate characters, not just rote memorisation
- allow hands-on learning, perfect for kinesthetic learners
- can be used by a parent-child duo with guidance,
slightly older child on his or her own,
or as a game with a sibling or friend!
Items included in set:
100 word cards with re-writable surface
- 3 whiteboard markers with eraser tip
- 1 mini whiteboard duster
Suggested answer key
with hanyu pinyin of answers
- Metal box with lid
Examples of characters in set
Ways to play, tried and tested by My Story Treasury
with children from ages 3-10, and adults too!
- "Proper" way to play - add 1 single stroke to the character, to form a new one
- Single player, or double player to compete who can complete more cards or in a shorter timeframe
- On a piece of paper, challenge each other to write out all the different characters we can think of, 1 point for each answer
- Lay out a selection of the word cards, and use them to 造句 make sentences!
eg 天 + 上 + 白 + 云 = 天上有白云，地下有小草。
This set of game cards is compact and it includes everything you need in a little tin box. Makes it very easy to pop in the bag, and keeps the children occupied while waiting for food to arrive. I can see it being used in various settings (eg during commute)
It's versatile and can be played in more than one way. It's quite a good brain exercise as some requires more thought. Learnt a few new words in the process.
Discovered my younger child tracing over the characters one day and realised it makes a good writing practice card for simple characters too.