A full list of all games and activities

  • Hungry Monster - A "How are you?" Game

    This is a quick little game for very young students that can be played every time you visit the class. It's a game where students get to run away from a monster (you) so they'll always be having an exciting time.

  • Itty-Bitty Translate Challenge

    This warm up has students reviewing recently studied grammar in a very focused way. One student provides the Japanese and the next, the English. Play it out in a quick-fire way and students get caught up and can really enjoy reviewing grammar this way.

  • Janken Losers (have to...)

    Janken losers have to jump, jump, jump! This activity may or may not be favorably received by your students, depending on their disposition. It'd work better with more active, happy students.

  • Karuta (A.K.A. Snap)

    Karuta is a Japanese game similar to snap. It's a fun way to test listening recognition for vocabulary sets and students love this game. The bonus is that every Japanese student knows karuta so you barely have to explain the rules.

  • Keyword Game

    This is straight out of the elementary school textbook. Place an eraser in the middle then beat your partner to snatch it away and get a point.

  • Last Letter First Letter (Shiritori)

    Last letter first letter, more commonly known here as shiritori, is a game I am sure we have all played at some point and it makes a great warm up game for junior high classes.

  • Letter Shuffle Word Hunt

    In this activity, students challenge each other to find the word (from a page with lots of words on it, ideally in picture form) with the hint being all the letters in the word, only shuffled into a random order.

  • Make 100 Game

    The goal for the students playing this game is the find their partner. The goal of this game from the teacher's perspective is that the students are practicing listening and understanding numbers between 1 and 100 (or 99 to be precise).

  • Make a Snake

    The make a snake game makes use of "paper scissors rock/janken" (which students love!) and has them walking around practicing simple English question and answer dialogue. Works in many different elementary lessons.

  • Make Name Tags

    Hand out card to everyone so they can either make name tags, business cards or name plates that fold into a triangular shape and sit on each student's desk.

  • Maze Game

    Perfect for the turn left, go straight (directions) English lesson, the maze game is a popular activity. Arrange the desks and have students directing other students through the maze to find their goal.

  • Me Too! Challenge - I like ~.

    Students are challenged with guessing what their speaking partner likes and matching it with something they like too. This activity is for studying "I like ~."

  • Memory - Match the Cards Game

    Memory is a match the cards game I'm sure we all played as kids. As a child, I played with playing card but in an elementary English class, vocabulary card sets work better. If you have them, this game can be used to drill vocabulary.

  • My Name is [Someone Else's Name]

    There are a few things you can do when teaching the "My name is _______" lesson at elementary school in Japan, like creating name cards/ tags, etc but many require paper and take a bit of time. Here is a quick little game to play that requires nothing except the students and that they can say "My name is _______".

  • Newspaper Twister

    Newspaper twister gets kindergarten or young elementary students playing twister with numbers. Younger students have a blast getting tangled up and it is a good activity not only for English, but also to build balance and motor skills.

  • No Answers Allowed

    No answers allowed is a great warm up for English conversation classes. It is quite an old game, and is sometimes a drinking game, but it can also work a conversation class starter game.

  • Number Fingers 1 - 100

    This activity has students pairing up to say different numbers then confirm them by showing the numerals with their fingers. A simple activity where students teach each other.

  • Number Shiritori

    This is a great way for students to practice their fluency using numbers. It's the type of game that once students learn how to play it, you just have to say "Let's play number shiritori!" and students can get started by themselves.

  • Oshiri Moji (Butt Letters)

    This has to be the most fun I've had in an elementary English class, ever. A super fun way to help younger students get familiar with the shapes of the alphabet and get them moving their bodies at the same time.

  • Parachute Game

    The parachute game is a fun and less morbid interpretation of hangman. The mechanics of the game are very similar to hangman - students have a set number of guesses to get the answer but there are a few different ways you can play the parachute game in an elementary class.