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Cat & Sparrows

Subject: Vocabulary


Skills: Speaking, Listening.

Level: A1

Recommended Age: 7-9 y.o.

Number of Participants: 6-8 players.

Time: 20-30 minutes.

Place: Playground.

Equipment: Not required.

Materials: A piece of chalk.

Preliminary Preparation: Not required.

Immediate Preparation (5-7 minutes). First draw a circle about 3 m in diameter. Next choose the ‘cat’, which stands in the centre of the circle. The other children, playing sparrows, stand around the circle.

How to Play. You announce a vocabulary category, e.g.: 'Clothes!'. One of the ‘sparrows’, located behind the ‘cat’, jumps with both his/her feet into the circle, calling out a word of the given category (e.g.:'T-shirt!'), and jumps back. The ‘cat’ should catch the ‘sparrow’ before he/she puts both his/her feet outside the circle. At this time, another ‘sparrow’ behind the ‘cat’ jumps into the circle with another word and so on. Each ‘sparrow’ should pronounce 3 words unsaid before and then step aside. If a ‘sparrow’ repeats a word or is caught by the ‘cat’, the round ends. The mistaken or caught ‘sparrow’ plays the cat in the next round, where you announce another vocabulary category. If the ‘sparrows’ have not repeated any words and the ‘cat’ could catch none of them for the whole round, he/she continues his/her role in the next. The game lasts as long as each child, at least once, plays the cat.