Instead of just listening, students must run to get the numbers from you before returning to tell their groups. This adds physical action and speaking to the old classic English number lesson game.

Basic Info

Time: 15 minutes
Level: Easy
Works with: Bingo words (a.k.a. vocab lists)
Class size: 4+ students

You need:

  • A sheet of paper for each team (B3 is a good size)
  • Enough room for students to run

Lesson Description

  1. Make teams of 2 to 5 people.
  2. Hand out blank paper or bingo sheets (1 per team), students fill in the bingo squares.
  3. (Option.) Arrange students. For young students, I move desks out of the way and all teams go to the back of the class. Let them run!
  4. A student from each team runs to you to get the first number (or other word). It can be on a flashcard. Make them say it in English before they can return to tell their team the answer. (See tips for better communication.)
  5. The running student tells their team the number and another student crosses off a bingo square.
  6. Writing/running students rotate until a team gets a bingo (or however you want to finish it).


  • Younger students love to run but older students such as junior high schoolers may not. If you have an active class though, they can come to you for the answer then go to the back before they return to their group. This makes everyone have to travel the same distance.
  • To add more real communication, the students should have to ask for the next number/word. (eg. "Next animal please.") Also, you can ask them what it is before they can return to their team.
  • You don't need to give too much explanation for this game, as the students seem to pick it up once they realise they have to run up to get the next number.


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