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 mind, you need to be able to create a lessons plan around different games and activities. Some of these games can be used to introduce new words and new topics. Others can be used to review previously learned words and topics.
With most of the games and activities that are listed below you need to think about the “evolution” of how you play the games. You don’t want to play the game the same exact way, every time. If you can, you want to slowly add more English, more commands, more listening tasks to each game to make them slowly more and more difficult. Understanding when to add something new to the game or activity can be an art form in itself but basically if you believe that the students have a good grasp of all of the English used during a game or activity than you need to go ahead and increase the complexity and introduce some new English.
Games and activities
This is a basic game that focuses on having the children verbalize the various vocabulary that they have learned. Click here for more information.
This is a very good game that actually mimics a quiz or test. Click here for more information.
This is a simple game where you can practice various vocabulary while having the kids move around. Definitely a kid favorite. Click here for more information.
Pick it up!
Similar to “Find it!” You can do a lot of vocab, commands, and listening practice. This is probably my favorite game. Click here for more information.
Basic children’s books that are made specifically for young English learners. Click here for more information.
Basic songs made for young English learners. Songs usually cover one topic. Click here for more information.
A great game that I often use for a warm up. Great way to introduce and practice various commands. A lot of fun for the kids. Click here for more information.
Simple game practicing various colors. Kids get to move around a lot. Good as a warm up. Click here for more information.
Activity where you can practice various basic questions and responses. Not particularly fun but still important. Click here for more information.
Simple but fun game where the children use a balloon to practice numbers, days, months. Click here for more information.
Better with small classes. Good as a reward or a break. To work well the teacher has to institute an “English Only” rule. Click here for more information.
Great for introducing “Rock, Paper, Scissors game” which you will need to resolve any disputes you have in other games. Click here for more information.
Where are you?
Best used as a reward at the end of class. Similar to the swimming pool game “Marco! Polo!” Click here for more information.
Good warm up that can be used to practice basic questions and responses. Click here for more information.
There are tons of games and activities that you can use with your children English classes. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try to create your own games. The key to creating your own games activities is to understand what you are trying to teach the students. Choose specific topics, sentences, questions or skills that they can practice using with a particular game or activity. Think about how the game can evolve. How can you change the game ever so slightly where the children can build upon what they are learning?