"Let the little children
come to me . . ."
After teaching a story that involved multiple picture cards, shuffle cards and place them face down on the table. Call one child up to place pictures in the correct order. If the child gets confused, ask a friend to help by relating the events in the story. When the child gets the cards in the correct order, ask him/her to briefly relate the story. Congratulate the child, and give him/her a small sticker, piece of candy, or other reward.
This non-competitive activity is especially good for preschool children. First, children tend to listen more carefully if they know they will be responsible for information. Second, children who haven't paid close attention are provided with an opportunity for review. Third, children are developing oral communication and sequencing skills through play.