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English Game you have tried for young children

Hello all,

I am an ESL teacher, but now primarily work with adult students. I have worked with children in the past, but left a lot of good ideas/games at home before I moved here. Also, most of my students were school aged. I wanted to find something good for young learners say 3-5 years old for a small group of children. I don't want to go out and buy games, but something I easily make/create at home in an hour or 2 time. I know there are tons of ideas on the internet, but would be curious to find out a games/songs that someone has used and the children really enjoyed. I will be looking forward to your ideas Thanks!
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Hello all,

I am an ESL teacher, but now primarily work with adult students. I have worked with children in the past, but left a lot of good ideas/games at home before I moved here. Also, most of my students were school aged. I wanted to find something good for young learners say 3-5 years old for a small group of children. I don't want to go out and buy games, but something I easily make/create at home in an hour or 2 time. I know there are tons of ideas on the internet, but would be curious to find out a games/songs that someone has used and the children really enjoyed. I will be looking forward to your ideas Thanks!
I suggest the "Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes" song....
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Old 30.11.2010, 15:50
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Re: English Game you have tried for young children

Another "active" game that's OK for language/vocab might be "I spy". Especially good if you can take the kids for a walk.
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As Economisto said, I spy is great for vocabulary. Another good one is Simon says.
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Re: English Game you have tried for young children

The wheels on the bus song is also good. I used a soft ball to and get them to roll/throw ball to each other saying colours/animals/days of the week/numbers etc.
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Re: English Game you have tried for young children

I've used Concentration (store bought or home made to cater to the kids' interests). You can also use the concentration cards to play What's Missing (put out three or four cards face up and then have the kids close their eyes and you take one card away). They have to figure out the card that is missing. Of course you can just use anything for What's Missing ie fork, spoon, paperclip, book, crayon, someone's mitten etc.

For more active games I've played Duck, Duck, Goose or the Hockey Pockey.

Finally my greatest success has been running games. My nephews (4 and 7) and I play something we invented callled Paper Base. We put out colored sheets of paper and then I call out, "Where is the pink paper?" They tear around the house looking for the pink paper and I chase them. I'm teaching them Spanish, so we do it in Spanish.

One thing nice about teaching little kids is that they seem to love repetition which is pretty much what any language student needs but kids don't get as bored with it. (You probably already know this)

Let me know how it goes and what else you find that works.
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Re: English Game you have tried for young children

Hi, hope I can help you out with some ideas!

I sing "Walking, Walking" all the time, and the kids love it! It makes them run around, jump and hop so they just can't get enough. This song works really great for younger children too (1-2 years old) who even though won't be able to sing along all the way, they will surely enjoy it and after a while, they too will sing "jump", "hop" and "tip toe" )



I often use flashcards when teaching animals and colours.

Animals: show them the card, say the name of the animal, ask them to repeat, and then they imitate the animal. They love acting like animals, making all those funny noises and faces.

Colours: show them the card, repeat once or twice, then ask them to find something of that specific colour in the room; once they found it and touched it, they have to repeat the colour again.

Another good song is "Hello, Hello" (you can ad some snoring when you get to the "i'm tired" part just for fun :P )

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Musical chairs or Duck, duck, goose
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Hi

I think the song Old MacDonal had a farm with kids

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