The magic chair
1. Put a chair in the centre of a circle of children.
2. Tell the children that it is hot, sticky, covered with paint or glue, cold, soft, has a pin on it, is broken, very comfortable etc.
3. Any child who wants to gets up and sits on the chair. They act out the situation. Eg. If it is hot they sit down and jump up screaming “Ow!”.
A great revision game for clothes and accessories
You’ll need your costume bag for this game. If you don’t yet have a costume and prop box ask parents to bring in the following items:
- hats, gloves, and scarves
- coats and old shoes
- shirts, t-shirts
- Plastic glasses, moustaches, wigs etc
How to play
The children stand in a circle, the music starts – and the bag needs to be passed round the circle. When the music stops, the child holding the bag has to take something out, say what it is and put it on.
The game continues until all the items have been used. The winner is the person wearing the most clothes. You can either put some pop music on and let the children dance in their new outfits
Encourage everyone to find a new way of walking, talking and gesturing using their costumes and props and introduce yourselves to each other in English using your character s voice.
Practicing simple ESl introductions,
– Hello, what’s your name?
– My name is….
– How are you?
– I’m wonderful!!!
– How old are you?
– I’m 100!!
can be made so much more fun by dressing up and putting on a silly voice and you will find that even the shyest of children will feel less inhibited to speak as they are able to hide behind another character
Happy teaching and have a great weekend
Pass on the Mime Message
You will need: Several simple sentences written on cards.
– It’s cold outside
– I have a sandwich for lunch
– I like to ride my bike
Have the group stand in a line facing the opposite direction to you. You tap the first child on the shoulder who turns around and you give him/her the message using only gestures. This player then taps the second child on the shoulder, who turns around , and passes on the message as he/she understands it. Stop the game at a certain point and ask the player whose turn it is if he/she can explain the message vocally without enacting it. Has the message been passed on correctly?
This Esl drama game is great fun for older children who are already able to form simple sentences. It encourages creativity and stimulates the imagination. To make the game easier for younger children, instead of sentences use illustrated flash cards to show the first child e.g a bicycle, horse, sandwich, rain.