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Ostrich Dance

Subject: Vocabulary


Skills: Reading.

Level: A1 / A2

Recommended Age: 8-12 y.o.

Number of Participants: 10-20 players, preferably even.

Time: 30-40 minutes.

Place: Playground.

Equipment: Not required.

Materials: A4 sheets of paper by the number of players; Adhesive tape or pins for fixing the sheets to clothing.

Preliminary Preparation (5-10 minutes). Ideally, the players should prepare for the game themselves. In order to do this, ask each player to choose a word, known to all the others, and to print it in 72 type in landscape format on an A4 sheet of paper.
Note. You should do the same in the case of an odd number of players.

Immediate Preparation (10-15 minutes). First divide the class into halves. Next draw starting lines at both ends of the playground. Put the teams behind the different lines and ask the players to pin up the sheets on the backs of each other. While they are doing so, you draw a circle about 2 m in diameter in the centre of the playground.  

How to Play. One ‘ostrich’ from each team comes to the circle. At your command:

'Ready!... Steady!... Go!', they step in the circle with their hands behind their backs. Their task is to read the word on the opponent's back, without touching him/her and setting foot on the border or outside the circle. For fans’ clues, the team is disqualified! The ‘ostrich’ to first call out the opponent’s word, gets 1 point for his/her team. The game lasts as long as all the world have been read out. At the end, the gained points are counted up. The winner is the team to get the most points in total.
Note. If one team has one more player than the opponent, then one of the ‘ostriches should dance’ twice, using your spare sheet.