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Ostrich Dance

Subject: Vocabulary


Skills: Reading.

Level: A1 / A2

Recommended Age: 8-12 y.o.

Participants Number: 10-20 players, preferably even.

Time: 30-40 minutes.

Place: Playground.

Equipment: Not required.

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

Preliminary Preparation: (5-10 minutes): Ideally the children should prepare for the game themselves. 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 a sheet of A4.
Note. You should do the same in case of an odd number of children.

Immediate Preparation (10-15 minutes): Divide the group into two teams. Draw starting lines at both ends of the playground. Put the teams behind the different lines and ask the children to attach the sheets on the backs of each other. In the meantime, 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 into the circle with their hands behind their backs. Their task is to read the word on the opponent's back, without touching him/her with hands 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 wins 1 point for his/her team. The winner of the game is the team to gain more points.
Note. If one team has one more player than the opponent, then one of the ‘ostriches dances’ twice, using your spare sheet.