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The challenge of verb tenses. Homemade language games for children


Do you remember when you had to learn the different verb tenses in language class? If I look back at my childhood, I remember it as a real boredom. I remember feeling a bit lost between conjugations, people and times. So that this learning is not an ordeal, in our site we propose a board called 'The challenge of verb tenses' so that children learn to conjugate verbs in Spanish. Thanks to home language games, children can learn spelling and grammar in the most fun way, both at home and at school.

The objective of this game is for children to fix the knowledge they have acquired in the language course related to verb tenses. And for this we propose a board that the participants of the game will go through and solve the boxes to reach the goal.

It is a very useful game that parents can prepare at home or teachers in the classroom. This is all we need:

- Game board
You can create your own board following the example that we propose or create your own. Imagination to the power! You can also keep our board and print it at the right size to play again and again.

- Chips and dice
Use as many tokens as there are players you are going to play (there is no minimum or maximum number of players) and a dice. If you don't have tokens, you can make them yourself with pieces of colored paper. The same as the dice, which with a little skill you can make yourself with cardboard, a ruler and glue.

- Verb cards
So that you can use this game as many times as you want, without getting tired or repetitive, you can create as many verb cards. It is as simple as cutting a sheet of paper into pieces and writing a different verb on each one. If your children are young, use verbs that are simple and to which they are used. For example, you can start with the verbs of the first conjugation (those that end in -ar). If you want to level up, write all kinds of verbs, even irregular ones.

Here is a list of many verbs in case you run out of ideas. Remember, you just have to write each one of them on a different piece of paper.

Open, finish, agree, love, walk, learn, attack, help each other, dance, go down, drink, fall, shut up, change, dine, quote, cook, take, eat, lead, know, tell, believe, sew, create, believe, say, leave, rest, describe, wish, amuse, donate, last, choose, start, enchant, equip, wait, study, explain, miss, speak, do, import, go, play, regret, read, clean, command, lie, look, move, need, offer, forget, hear, pay, leave, pass, think, ask, prefer, receive, recognize, remember, take out, know, jump, dream, smile, fear, have, bring, worth, sell, come, travel or live.

And how do you play the board? Too easy!

1. A token is dealt for each player. So that each game does not become eternal, Ideally, between 2 and 5 people should play. Each participant rolls the dice and the one who rolls the highest number starts the game. The second turn is for the one next to him, following the clockwise movement.

2. On each turn, each player rolls the die and advances as many squares as indicated.

3. You will have to take a card with a verb and solve the puzzle of the square in which it lands. For example, if you land on a box that says 'Present' and you pick up a card on which the verb 'Amar' is written, you will have to conjugate this verb in the present tense, in all people: I love, you love, he / she / it loves, we / we love, you / you love, they / they love. There are also tests such as inventing a phrase with the verb in the appropriate time, answering some questions or finding out the verb tense of the verbs that appear on the board.

4. If he is right, he stays where he is and it's up to the next one. If he fails, he will have to go back two squares. Then the turn will pass to the next player.

5. The player who first reaches the last square of the board will win.

6. A rule of the game that you can never forget: have fun!

Do not hesitate to change these rules if you think that this way they can be better adapted to your preferences and the level of knowledge of your children.

And so that no one feels lost in this game, we are going to do a quick review of verbs and tenses.

- There are three verb conjugations. Verbs that end in -ar are the verbs of the first conjugation. Those that end in -er, those of the second. And those that end in -ir, those of the third.

- We must also take into account the person and the number. The first person is 'I' or 'we / we'. The second person is 'you' or 'you / you' ('you and you'). The third person is' he / she 'or they / they'. Regarding the number, we speak of singular in the case of 'I', 'tú' ('you') and 'she / he'; while in the case of 'we / us', 'you / you' ('you') and 'they / them', the plural.

- On the other hand, the verb forms are divided into three modes: the indicative (which is normally used to talk about objective things or actions), the subjunctive (which is often used to convey something imagined, supposed or desired) and the imperative (which is used to express an order). In addition, we can talk about the non-personal forms that are the infinitive (loving), the gerund (loving) and the participle (loved).

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- Indicative times

  • Simple present: I love
  • Past imperfect: I loved
  • Simple past perfect: I loved
  • Past perfect compound: I have loved
  • Past perfect: I had loved
  • Past past: I would have loved
  • Simple future: I will love
  • Future compound: I will have loved
  • Simple conditional: I would love
  • Perfect conditional: I would have loved

- Subjunctive tenses

  • Present: ame
  • Past imperfect: amara or amase
  • Past perfect compound: have loved
  • Past perfect: would have or would have loved
  • Simple future: amare
  • Composite future: would have loved

Once the review is finished ... let's play and learn!

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