Children’s Games and Activities

ESL Kids Class Resources Review – Apricot Picture Books

In today’s article we’re going to go over the series of kids picture books published by Apricot. Picture books are an essential tool for any English teacher that has young children’s classes. They are great way to introduce new vocabulary, phrases and basic questions. They are also a great way to calm down an overexcited or chaotic class. Simply said you need a good series of picture books.

English Activities for Kindergarten Classes

Game Progression Game progression here is defined as slowly increasing the complexity of the games and activities after every class. The first time you play a game or activity you are mostly focused on introducing the rules and how to play it. The second time you can add a few extra commands. The third time you can add some responses that you want students to say to your commands. Once your students have a good grasp of all the English that you use in an activity or game you want to slowly increase the difficulty and complexity of that game. With most games and activities you can do this quite easily.   Age Appropriate It’s important to remember that some games can’t be played with the younger students. The young students simply don’t have the self-discipline or listening skills to pl...

Games and Activities for 13-16 Childrens English Class

Game and Activity List   Where am I This is a simple activity that you can play without any preparation or set up. The idea is for one student to imagine they are in a location the other students have to ask questions in order to guess where that location is.   Bull’s-eye This game can help teach how to give directions and a chance to practice various location words.   Chase the Ace This game is based on the classic card game “Go Fish”. You deal out a deck of cards and whenever someone has a set they place it on the table and use the word that corresponds with that set in a sentence. It is a simple, easy game that can be played with kids and adults.   Concentration cards This is a classic vocabulary teaching card game that can be used to teach vocabulary words or other ...

Games and Activities for 10-12 Childrens English Class

Teaching children from the ages of 10 to 12 can be very rewarding and tricky at the same time. On one hand, many of these children have started studying English in elementary school and junior high school so they may have a decent foundation of grammar and vocabulary. On the other hand, they are approaching their teenage years, which means that there’s a chance they might be very shy, at times they may have a bad attitude or mood swings. It is at this age group that textbook use will increase compared to younger classes but you can still expect to be using games activities for around half of your class time. This is also an age where children can quickly get bored of doing the same game or activity. All of this presents many challenges for the teacher. The best approach is to experiment wi...

Games and Activities for 7-9 Childrens English Class

English students around the ages of 7 to 9 years old are not that different from younger students. They still like to play games and activities but at this age you do start to see certain amount of shyness and timidity from many students. It’s because of this that there are some games and activities that I would not use for this age group that I might with a younger  group. Some of those things would be any kind of songs, dancing or anything that some children might think of as childish. At this age you can start to incorporate more complicated activities but you will have to constantly monitor the students in the class to see if those activities are popular or are effective.   Shootout! This is a basic game that focuses on having the children verbalize the various vocabulary that the...

Games and Activities for 3-6 Childrens English Class

It is important to remember that each class and each student is different and a good teacher needs to be able to try various activities and find which one is best suited for that class or that student. Do not be afraid to experiment and do not be afraid to try new things. Some of these games might work well for your class and some others might not. Click the game or activity to find out more about it. In English classes where the students are between the ages of 3 to 6 years old, games and activities will make up the vast majority of your lesson plan. At this young age, you should not have students sitting down at a table looking at a textbook for 50 minutes. You have to make the class fun and you also have to consider that these young children have very small attention spans. With that in...

Games and Activities for 0-2 Childrens English Class

In this article were going to go over some different games and activities that you can use for your classes with children aged 0 to 2. The students in these classes are so young and have so little concentration that the games and activities that you can use are limited. First and foremost they have to be short and fast. You need to be moving on to something within 5 to 7 minutes. Anything longer than that and the child will lose interest. Different children will respond to different games and activities so what might work for one child might not work for another. You need to try to use different games and activities and see which one works best with those children or that class. Let’s take a look at some commonly used games and activities.   Picture books Picture books are a ver...

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