Some games I play:
Spiderman (for 8-13, after learning directions and
One student is spiderman and goes out of the
The tables in the classroom are buildings and the
spaces between them are the streets. Before the game
the streets are given names like 1st avenue, 2nd
avenue, etc, high street, center street, and so on. I
give one of the students a picture of doctor octopus
and they hide it under their desk and i tell the other
students this is a bank or a supermarket or something,
and when all the kids are sure of the address, I let
spiderman in and tell him doctor octopus is robbing
the bank. works great if you have a spiderman mask
(just printed from the web and cutout). the kids have
Crocodile (kindy, learning colours, Erin taught me
all the kids stand on one side of the cleared room or
playground and say "crocodile, crocodile, may i cross
your river? which way, what way, what's your favourite
colour?" the crocodile/teacher in the middle of the
room/playground calls out a colour and the kids
wearing that colour may safely cross the
river/room/playground. After that the kids who weren't
wearing the colour must dash across to the other side
trying to avoid being caught by the crocodile. if
they're caught they can become crocodiles too, or sit
out, or just go to the other side anyway, whatever
Also for kindy - simon says, what's the time mr wolf,
and lots of singing!
Naughts and crosses/tic-tac-toe (adaptable for any
age, adapted from new interchange books):
divide the class into two teams, draw a naughts and
crosses grid, and draw 9 pictures (for kindy), nine
words, verbs, phrases, names of nine tenses, whatever
into the grid. One team chooses a grid cell/word and
either says the word in English for the picture, or
makes a sentence using the word/tense/verb you have
written. If the word/sentence is correct they get a
naught or a cross depending which team they're on.
Three in a row wins. I like to do this with irregular
verbs in the grid and a rule saying they must make a
sentence using whatever tense or grammar structure
they are studying at that time.
hangman, word train and word pyramid are good for
Harry Potter game (5-13, present continuous or present
simple, from a teacher in Japan)
all the students go outside taking with them a wand of
some kind, ruler, stick, whatever.
2/3 of the students are Harrys, the rest are
Voldemorts. The Voldemorts chase the Harrys and when
they catch him they wave their wand and say "You are
jumping." or some other present continuous activity,
swimming, sleeping, etc, and poor Harry must stay in
the same spot doing the activity until another Harry
comes by and rescues them by waving his and and asking
"What are you doing?" to which the immobile Harry
replies "I'm jumping." and is released from
Voldemort's evil spell! To practice present simple use
animals "You're a pig!" is very popular at my school.
Could even use present perfect "You've been turned
into a pig!"
I'll remember some more later...
--- colin gulam <gulam101@...
> I teach young children.
> Use some methods from tefl.
> Have used a number of my own educational games;
> some work, some dont, but I do feel that they are
> learning and I have built their confidence.
> Used a game from the EF sample lesson converted a
> little - TOTALLY USELESS (as was most things that I
> learnt at EF) The fly-swat used for the game broke
> immediately - tried it again it broke again - young
> kids are STRONG chinese flw-swats are not. OK for a
> sample class or the facade of EF but not for REAL
> Anyway to get to the point does anyone know some
> EDUCATIONAL games for young students????
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