Games of childhood are origins for future life or children; in them is released and developed the whole man, his dispositions and inner tendencies. Whole future life of man has its origins in the age of childhood.
(Fröbel,1826,cited in Vankus,2005)
P.S.: I will update this session whenever I find a new game.
Games! They have a vital importance in language learning classes! Yes we are old, not at the age of our students. But didn’t we choose this major because we have an immortal child in our souls?
So, we don’t stop having fun at our lessons. Today I post GAMES.
JUMP ON CARD
Put the flash cards of your new vocabularies on the ground. While putting them don’t forget to repeat them with whole class. Each student will jump on the cards which the teacher tells.
WHICH ONE IS MISSING
Put the flash cards on the ground or board. Don’t forget to repeat. Ask your students to close their eyes. Take off one card. And ask your students which one is missing.
Choose two of your flash cards. Show them to your students. By telling the two vocabularies, hang them on opposite walls. According to your class area , you call your students . They will run to the wall whichever card you say.
HIDE AND SEEK WITH CARDS
Choose one flash card. Show it to your students. Send your students outside of the class. Hide the card. And want them to find it. While they are trying to find it, you tell the vocabulary on the card, or you can make some sentences with that vocab.
Make a big and thick circle by cardboard. In that circle there are some colours as pizza slices. You stick some small colours on each pin. Each pin will click on the appropriate colour. You can make a contest with groups. Finish first wins.
TAPE&DICE SHAPE GAME
Make some shapes on the floor with colourful tapes. And make shapes by cardboard. Prepare a dice which contains shapes on each surface. Throw the dice. Take the shape by cardboard which is the same shape you see on the surface of the dice and put it on the same shape on the floor. Make a sentence as ; It is a blue circle. It is a pink triangle, etc.
This is a good way to teach the structure “like a/ an” After teaching animal vocabulary and practicing moving like animal, line the students up ready for a race. The teacher starts each race with “Ready? Run like “an elephant” “! And the students try and win the race. Other ideas ; jump like a kangaroo, crawl like a panther, swim like a fish, fly like a bird,etc.
HINT ANIMAL GAME
As a review of animals flash cards , teacher holds same cards without showing any to the students. Then the teacher tells the kids that they’re going to receive 3 hints, so they need to listen carefully. For example;
1- I am yellow
2- I have long hair
3- I am strong. Who am I?
Answer : a lion
You could change Simon to your name to avoid confusion. You tell some instructions to your students by using “Simon says” at the beginning of the sentence;
Simon says touch your head.
When Teacher says a sentence without the word” Simon ” they shouldn’t follow the instruction. For example; “Touch your knees.
If a student makes a mistake she/he has to sit till next round.
COLOR AND SING
Put some circles on the floor which in different colours. Each colour has a song(make a list of color-song match before the lesson)By the song students turn around the colour circles. When the music stops they sit on a circle. “Who is on the colour red? Please stand up, sing the song “twinkle twinkle” ,etc.