This list includes ideas for supplements for games in Spanish so you can provide your student with many of the same language exposure and practice that bilingual speakers are exposed to in both languages – playing games is an important part of learning a language. Including these supplements can give your child a much more authentic and meaningful language experience. Add Songs or rhymes, Audio or video from native speakers, Conversation, Vocabulary, Reading, Writing, Games, Crafts, Self-review, Fun/ Student Choice, and Grammar.
Finally, once your child is ready, try out the Chinese Cross-Curricular Subjects and Other Fun Stuff.
CHINESE SUPPLEMENTS FOR GAMES
Don’t forget the many apps listed under other sections.
Lingotopia is a new favorite game of my oldest child. The first day he played, he collected over 100 words (some new and some he already knew). Their official website description says that “Lingotopia is a language learning game about being lost in a city where you don’t speak the language.” I think the concept probably resonates with a lot of kids because my own kids have made up stories on their own about being lost in a city and having to learn the language to survive. At the time of this writing, it’s available in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish, and seems to indicate that more languages are coming, including Greek.
Here is a little teaser trailer for the Lingotopia game:
Chinese4Kids has a lot of printables and fun stuff for children learning Chinese. Probably best for elementary school.
This started out as Chinese characters and has grown to include a lot more, including audio. There is a daily 7 minute Chineasy Podcast. The website has free lessons, or you can also pay for more features. The Chineasy app is good. There is a Chineasy Tiles | Play games to learn Mandarin Chinese! Easy and fun for children and adults. to help learn characters, but it’s pricey at $89, and it only covers 48 characters. I’d love the chance to try it out with my youngest child! You can order cheaper regular character tiles and use the Chineasy game ideas available here. The Chineasy Memory Game is not expensive, and neither are the regular books, like Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese. Chineasy writing has criticisms, and we haven’t personally used it a lot besides doing the Chineasy app, which my children enjoy. It looks like a fun way to do Chinese characters for a while, even if eventually you have to move on from it.
Wordswing.com has Chinese Online Adventure “Escape” Style Games. These stories are interactive and the outcome changes based on the choices you make as you read the story and play the game. There is a YouTube overview of the game, too.
Language Tree Chinese has multiple options available. The DVD includes an interactive game section.
Fan Dui Dui
Fan Dui Dui is a game to learn Chinese characters. Each set has about 50 characters. I could find three out of four sets on Amazon. The complete set is on Ebay. Once your children can read pinyin, and have some speaking ability, this is helpful. The reason why my children and I can play this is because my oldest child can pronounce the words for us. It can be hard to find this game in stock. There are four sets.
Chinese playing cards
Guaishou New Chinese English Language Learning Wooden Blocks Domino Children’s Educational Product Wooden Toys Recognize / Identify Fruits and Animals 100pcs
Duolingo is free, but you can purchase a subscription. Duolingo teaches vocabulary, similar to flashcards or self-quizzing, but adds more games than some other options, and includes more grammar. The vocabulary seems to be presented in a different order than other apps. It teaches beginning skills but does not have conversation practice. Available on computer and app.