I have to plan a 30 minute fun activity for my schools half term English camp and I've found a couple of things but nothing that stands out.
As this will be the first time for me doing this, it would be great if someone can post a reply with a tried and tested activity that's guaranteed to be enjoyed by all of the kids (who are age 5-6 by the way)
If any of you kind ajarns on here can offer some ideas I would be most grateful
30 minutes? don't sweat it.. that is no time at all.
running dictation type thing would fill 30 minutes. put the class into teams, and put members of each team at different points on the playing field. At the far end have a load of toys. It is basically a relay race... show the first kids a flashcard of one of the toys (doesn't have to be toys, anything at all really), they say what the card is, or put it in a sentence... run off to tell the next person.
The same idea but more fun is with clothes... have big piles of old clothes at the far end. The person at the far end has to find that item/colour, put it on and wait for the team to tell them the next item.
With both of the above you could tie it in with colours. Review a load of colours, drilling them chorally... then set them off for a minute finding things of said colour. Keep it high paced. Then, after you have reviewed all the colours, play one of those relay type things.
blindfold tast/touch/smell test... prepare berries and fruits, blindfold 1 kid at a time and have them taste/touch/smell it (let the thai teachers actually feed them... don't want eyes to be taken out).
Then.,.. relay races, but with chopsticks... the kid at the end has to pick up the fruit with chopsticks and run back
A fun game, though maybe a bit lacking in substance, I call the zombie game. After teaching a simple dialogue, blind fold one kid. They are the zombie (because they will have to walk, hands outstretched, like a zombie. The zombie starts the dialogue, and another kid responds. Zombie listens and hunts out the other kid
Hey, big thanks for the reply they are some excellent ideas!
I will try and put the ideas into action tomorrow and see how it goes. I must admit it the clothes one sounds like a lot of fun!
Yes indeed, kids like blindfold activities. One of my favorites was always giving directions to the blindfolded. If they're too young to have the vocab try placing an article in the classroom or outside and do you're HOT, you're Warm, you're Cold. Skits are good too. Or magic tricks.
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Are you teaching only K3? How's their English?
My K3 kids are pretty good and can handle slightly more complicated activities (more pair work and group activities, as well as more complex games).
if you PM me your email I will send you a list of games/activities I have put together that work for me.
Play dough - make play dough for them to make models, we did it for our English Camp, 4 year olds up to 16, and they all loved it. Easy to make to
How do I make play dough?
How do I make play dough? I had been given a challenge by the bosses of my English Summer Camp to make play dough for the kids who will make models using it. This was fun, messy and easy to do.
What You Need
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
6 Easy Steps
1. Add the flour to the water in the bowl, and mix together.
2. Add the salt.
3. Stir together, and then start to knead the mixture.
4. Once mixture is soft and dough-y you can add food coloring.
5. Give to children and let their imaginations go wild.
6. To turn the dough into a model, place in oven until it goes hard.
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