A full list of all games and activities

  • Freeze Chanting

    The freeze game is a fun way to get the younger, energetic (or rowdy) classes to expend some energy while drilling new vocabulary. Chanting English with a lot of movement and "Freeze!" thrown in to challenge students.

  • Fruit Basket

    Fruit basket is a wonderful game for reviewing vocabulary in elementary school English lessons. Wonderful because the students know the rules and wonderful because they love to play it (obviously not the older ones). With one less chair, the game revolves around changing where you sit while trying not to be the last one left without a seat.

  • Gesture Answers - How do you

    Being able to answer any "How do you...?" question requires many different grammar forms. This activity let's students practice asking the single form question without getting bogged down in the grammar of all the possible answers.

  • Gesture Game

    The gesture game seems to have fallen out of fashion around my neck of the woods but I think it can still serve a purpose. The gesture game activity is simple and requires no extra preparation so can be used as planned or on the fly when you need to fill in an extra 5 or 10 minutes.

  • Gesture Relay Game

    The relay gesture game is a combination of running and gesturing as a group. It is a fun game to competitively practice any vocabulary or phrases that can be gestured.

  • Give Them What They Want

    Students walk around drawing things for their friends. First they ask what their talking partner wants, then beat the clock drawing it for them. Lot's of fun and simulates real use of the language.

  • Guess the Number

    Guess the number is a fun game, useful for practicing numbers one to one hundred. The good thing about this game is it gets the kids to think of the numbers they want to say in English.

  • Guilty! The YĆ«zai Game

    Guilty is a spin-off of the old board game Clue, with elements of the Nintendo Switch game Fakin' It. Students prepare their own cards then play a game based on bluffing your way through an alibi. It's a bit of a long game with student preparation time but it's so much fun.

  • Halloween - Mummy Wrap

    This fun Halloween activity idea for elementary English classes isn't so much about studying and practicing English as it is about sharing culture and just having a fun lesson. When planning a lesson, I'd save this for the end as a "reward" for completing the earlier part of the lesson.

  • Have/Has Play/Plays - Listening Grammar Game

    When you get to the "have vs has" lesson with your 1st grade junior high school students, here is a nice game to give them lots of chances to think about which word is the appropriate one to use with each pronoun (I, He, She, They, etc).

  • Head, Shoulders Song - Extended

    The head, shoulders, knees and toes song is one that most students in elementary school seem to know and are very able to sing along. Singing is fun and children love it, so here is a way to make the old song a little bit more fun and challenging.

  • Help a Friend Game

    This activity gives students the chance to use "Are you ~?" in a real use situation. It's a fun activity where students get to hear the problems another student has and creatively provide a solution.

  • Help the ALT Discussion Activity

    In this activity, students decide how they are going to help the ALT. They discuss it and answers are written down. Great for a review warm-up focusing on using "I will...".

  • Hide the Teacher's Pen Game

    In this game, the teacher's pen (and other stationary) is missing. Luckily, the students know where it is and can direct the teacher to it.

  • Him/Her Grammar Warm-up Game

    Try this version of the translate game to review or practice using him/her with junior high 1st graders (from the Sunshine 1 textbook Program 7-2).

  • Hip Hop Chanting

    Chanting is a simple drilling tool that adds cadence (usually by clapping) to repetition to liven it up. For any hip-hop fans - try taking it one step further and adding a beat to make it even more interesting.

  • Hot Potato - Pass the Eraser Game

    The students have a set time, say 30 seconds, to say something and pass the eraser back and forward in pairs. When the timer runs down, the student left holding the eraser loses. No preparation needed for this junior high warm up activity.

  • How Many Fingers Janken

    Students play a new variation of janken but instead of winning with paper, scissors or rock; they win by doing some simple math the quickest.

  • Human Alphabet

    Don't try this activity if you value class time. This is a bit of a P.R. stunt for English and a chance to get the students outside and running around. Perfect on a nice spring day and it does help students remember the shapes of the alphabet.

  • Human Bingo

    In human bingo, each student is assigned a number, animal, etc and becomes a square in a bingo game. When all students in a group have been "crossed out", that team wins. You can use this game to practice various vocabulary sets, such as numbers, colors, animals, fruit, etc.