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Paint Shop

Subject: Colours + Have got


Skills: Listening.

Level: A1

Recommended Age: 8-10 y.o.

Participants Number: 6-10 players.

Time: 30-45 minutes.

Place: Playground.

Equipment: Not required.

Matarials: A piece of chalk.

Preliminary Preparation: Not required.

Immediate Preparation (5-7 minutes): Draw a square about 10 m wide. Write ‘showcase’  behind one of its sides, 'stockroom’  behind the opposite, 'counter' and 'shelf' behind the others. Choose the ‘painter’, who steps aside for a while, so that not to hear the other children’s conversation. The latter agree on who will represent which colour. Being ready, they give this information to you. Then the ‘paints’ line up ‘on the showcase’. You, playing the shopkeeper, stand behind the counter line. The ‘painter’ stands in front of you, behind the shelf  line.

How to Play. The game may start like this:

‘Painter’: Have you got red paint?
You: No, I haven't.
‘Painter’: Have you got green paint?
You: Yes, I have.
Your positive answer means a command for the ‘green paint’ to run to the ‘stockroom’. If the ‘painter’ managed to catch the ‘paint’, he/she ‘puts it on his/her shelf’. If the ‘paint’ managed to get the ‘stockroom’, he/she is safe there. The round lasts as long as all the ‘paints’ moved either to the ‘painter’s shelf’ or to the ‘stockroom’. As a result, the ‘painter’ wins as many points as the number of ‘paints on his/her shelf’. In the next round, the ’painter’ plays the shopkeeper, and the last ‘paint’ to get the ‘stockroom’ plays the painter. The game lasts as long as each child, at least once, played the painter. The winner is the ‘painter’ to get the most points.