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 with your classes and try all kinds of different types of games and activities and see which ones your students best respond to.
The “evolution” of our games and activities is still important but not nearly as much as the younger classes. There are a few reasons for this. One simple reason is that the children of this age often dislike playing the same game or activity more than only a few times. Another reason is that many of the games activities that you find in our list can be specific to certain situations and certain sentence structures.
Overall the biggest change that you will find in these games and activities is that they are much more “conversational” in nature. There will still be games that you can use to increase students vocabulary skills and listening skills but the majority of the games will be practicing various sentence structures and related questions and replies.
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.
This game can help teach giving directions and practicing various location words. In terms of teaching English at slightly limited but it can be a lot of fun for the students in class.
Chase the ace
This game is based on the classic card game “old maid”. 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 said in the sentence. It is a simple easy game that can be played with kids and adults.
This is a classic vocabulary teaching card game that can be used to teach vocabulary words or other things such as questions, responses, sentence structures.
This is a short and quick activity that you can use in your classes to practice the future tense form “going to….” The students generally like activity because the stories that are created often are very funny or strange.
This is a game that you can use to practice describing what people look like. Students take the role as someone who witnessed a crime and they have to describe the criminal to the police investigator.
This is a simple activity to get students to practice asking for directions and giving directions. This can be used in a normal class or even a travel class.
Discover a picture
This is a fun simple game that can be used to practice “there is….” And “there are…” As well as various questions about quantities. There is also an opportunity to practice different location words as well.
This is an easy game that uses the same rules as dominoes but with smaller size cards where the students have to make a connection between two different words using “both….” This is a good fun game for junior high school student and high school students alike.
Find a partner
This is a game that can be played using many different grammar points and sentence structures. The basic ideas the same and you only have to change the cards they pass out the students. It is a good way to get the students using the very sentences and grammar that they have learned.
This is a game that you can use to practice “have to” sentences. Is very simple to set up and only takes about 5 to 10 minutes.
This game uses the classic playing card game “go fish” to practice asking simple questions and answering them. It can also be used to practice various vocabulary words as well.
Hide it in the picture
Is a simple activity using various pictures of rooms in order to practice using various location words and sentence structures.
How do you do
This activity is an easy way for you to have your students practice giving directions and instructions. Also it’s good practice for asking instructions and asking directions.
This is another simple activity that you can use to practice using “frequency” phrases and words.
This is a fun game that involves some movement and some acting that can be used to liven up sleepy class. It’s a great way to practice giving advice and saying problems.
Name a time
This is a very fast simple activity that you can do in five minutes to practice present continuous forms or past continuous forms. It’s not the most fun game in the world but it certainly does the job.
Pictures-what’s the difference?
This is a good game for practicing “there is” and “there are” as well as location words.
This fun game it can be used to practice various sentence structures. It’s also good for teaching some simple travel English that the students could use if they ever go abroad.
Put in order
This is a short game that you can play to practice creating comparative sentences. As comparative sentences can be a little difficult this will generally be used with young adults or higher level kids.
This game is based on the card games the same name. The game takes a good 5 to 10 minutes to finish it is very good practice for creating sentences.
Team advice with cards
This is a fun game that you can use with younger students and adults to teach how to correctly give advice and suggestions. There are variations of this game that allow you to play it with students who are our lower-level or students at a higher level.
This age group can be challenging to teach. They are not yet teenagers or young adults but at the same time they’re not young children as well. You need to find that sweet spot between teaching adults and teaching children. The games activities listed above can help you do that.