Students hide some stationary behind their back and their partners guess what it is.

Basic Info

Time: 5 minutes
Level: Elementary, Grade 6
Works with: Do you have a ~?
Class size: Small to Large

You will need:

  • nothing


  1. Students make pairs.
  2. Each student selects one item from their own pencil case; either a pen, pencil, ruler or eraser to hide behind their back.
  3. Students face each other and take turns guess what their partner is holding.
    "Do you have a pencil?"
    "No, I don't. Do you have an eraser?" and so on.


  • Demonstrate this game with the teacher first. Show disappointment when you don't get it right, exuberance when you guess correctly.
  • The students should be limited to choosing from 4 items to make the game quick and easy. This allows them to use English to communicate without having to worry about remembering a list of stationary nouns.


  • As mentioned above, keep it simple by limiting the options to four common stationary items. If you increase the amount or include things like protractors or compasses, students struggle to recall the name of the item then blurt out the single word to guess (rather than using the full English phrase).


This game can be used with Hi, friends! 2 Lesson 1 and works great as a review throughout the year.

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