Pre-Games : warming up for ELSS
- be simple
- be fun
- allow children to associate an English word with an action/article
- allow late children to easily join in
- be leadable by a junior leader
InstructionsStudents must follow whatever the teacher says(and does), if and only if
the request is prefaced with the phrase,
"Simon says ..." If not then students should not follow. If a student fails to follow he is out.
Example"Simon says, stand on one foot" must be complied with. "Jump up and down" should not.
CommentUse a junior leader for this. It is important to do at the same time
as say so students associate the English with an action. Also a student who fails to follow
should only be out for a short time -- let him join again quickly.
Red Light, Green Light
InstructionsStand with back to children about 10 m in front of them.
When you say "Green Light",they can move. When you say "Red Light" and turn
around, they must stop. If you see someone moving then you send them back to the
starting line. Continue game until someone touches you!
CommentAssociation is taught. You can also play this as "Stop, Go" to
teach these 2 words.
Hot and Cold
InstructionsHide a toy or other prize in the room with one person absent
and everyone else present. Bring in the absent student. As he looks around, the
other students repeat "cold, cold, cold" when he moves away from the object, and
"hot, hot, hot" when he/she gets closer.
Comment:This will allow students to understand the abstract meaning of "cold" and "hot"
InstructionsBefore the time divide into four. When children arrive the
teacher will shout "front" (or "bow"), and the children must all move to the front 2
squares. Similarily for "back" (or "stern"), "left" ("port") or "right" ("starboard").
In addition are the commands, "Hit the Deck" (all children sit down) and "Torpedo"
(children leave the classroom). "Man overboard" (all children go to the edge of the ship)
ExampleTeacher says "Front". All children run to front 2 squares.
CommentGood to teach relative directions. End with the command "Hit the Deck" to
start the singing portion of the class or "Torpedo" to end the class.
Hide and Seek (Many->One)
InstructionsOne person goes to hide. All others look for the person.
When they find the person, they hide together. Game continues until everyone is
crowded in one place.
CommentLast round should end with a leader hiding in the classroom. It is
played this way so latecomers can easily join in.
InstructionsGather everyone in a circle with a chair in the middle.
Place a teddy bear under chair. One child is blindfolded on the chair. Turn on
some music. One-by-one children come up and try to snatch the teddy away. The
blindfolded child must stay seated but can move their hands. If she touches somebody,
that child sits on the chair.
InstructionsOn 10 individual cards, draw (or cut from magazine or digital picture) pictures of 10 things from around
the class area. Hide all the clues but one before class. When it's time to play,
gather the group around you. Hand out the first clue and away they go.
ExampleClue 1: fridge. Children race off to the fridge where they find
clue 2. Clue 2: Welcome mat. They race off to the welcome mat...Final clue:
Picture of leader: when they get back to you start class.
Comment:Late coming children can be helped to find where the group is.
Also you can write the English name of the object below the picture.
InstructionsEverybody lies down in a circle. Try to keep a balloon up as
long as possible. While the balloon is up, count 1,2,3,4,5...
Comment:Helps children with their numbers. Also it is a challange to see
how long can keep the balloon up.
InstructionsOne child is "It" and the rest get chased. Everyone
puts their hands on their chests (the "It" person can use a hand to tag) and takes
off. If an "It" person tags you, no matter where they tag you, you have to put your
hand there and now you're an "It" too. Soon everyone is running around with their
hands on weird parts of their bodies. Last person tagged is "It" for the next round.
InstructionsSomebody's "It" and the rest get chased and tagged.
A player who is tagged must immediately freeze. They can be unfrozen
only if another player crawls between their legs.
Comment:Works well for under-6 classes
InstructionsOne person as "It," and the rest get chased and tagged.
Whenever,a person gets tagged he joins hands with the "It" person to form the
Comment:Teacher intervention is needed to keep reducing the size of the
playing area as the Blob gets bigger.
InstructionsThis is done as a chant...
All: Who took the cookie from the cookie box?
Student: Jon took the cookie from the cookie box.
Jon: I didn't take the cookie from the cookie box.
The above is repeated until with each child entering a new child's name. When no
more children's names left, the last child says, "I don't know."
Comment:Older children or adults
References. Some of these games are adapted from information at the Better Homes and Gardens Website. (http://www.bhg.com)
© Jonathon David White
- "With a Servant's Heart" -