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Paint Shop

Subject: Colours + Have got


This is an adopted version of a Tatar game.

Skills: Listening, Speaking.

Level: A1

Recommended Age: 8-10 y.o.

Number of Participants: 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). First draw a square about 10 m wide. Next write ‘showcase’  behind one of its sides, 'stockroom’  behind the opposite, 'counter' and 'shelf' behind the others. Then choose the ‘painter’, who steps aside for a while, in order not to hear the other players' conversation. After that, they decide who plays which colour. Being ready, the players give this information to you. Finally, 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’ catches the ‘paint’, he/she ‘puts it on their shelf’. If the ‘paint’ gets the ‘stockroom’, he/she is safe there. The round lasts as long as all the ‘paints’ have moved either to the ‘painter’s shelf’ or to the ‘stockroom’. As a result, the ‘painter’ gets as many points as the number of ‘paints on their shelf’. In the next round, the players change the roles: the former ’painter’ acts as a shopkeeper and the last ‘paint’ to get the ‘stockroom’ acts as a painter. The game lasts as long as each child, at least once, plays the painter. At the end, the gained points are couned up. The best ‘painter’ is the player to get the most points in total.