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By Kay Clifford — Early Years Leader and adult tutor

This game, for up to four players, is intended to encourage children to think about the punctuation marks . , and ?. The object of the game is to move around the ocean track, stopping on sentences according to the throw of the dice. Players have to select the correct punctuation mark from the centre pool for the sentence they have landed on.

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Before playing

  • Cut out (and ideally laminate) the punctuation cards on the activity sheet below. Place them in the pool in the centre of the game board. (You could add a paper clip to each punctuation card and make some magnetic fishing rods so that the children can ‘fish’ for the punctuation.)
  • Remind the children of the three types of punctuation they will need to know about for this game -

question marks,

commas

and full stops.

Discuss what type of words a question sentence will begin with. Talk about sentences with lists in them that will require commas. Remind the children that statements end with full stops.

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