Outdoor English Games


Subject: Vocabulary


Skills: Listening

Level: Elementary

Recommended Age: 9-11 y.o.

Number of Participants: 6-12 players, preferably even

Time: 20-30 minutes

Place: Asphalt or sand playground

Equipment: Not required

Materials: Two sticks of chalk or wood

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation (5-10 minutes).

1. Draw two squares with the side of approximately 1 m at both ends of the playground. In the centre, draw two parallel lines at a distance of approximately 2 m from each other.

2. Divide the game participants into two groups of (roughly) equal size.

3. Ask the children to stand in rows between the starting lines in such a way that Team A faces one square and Team B faces the other one.

4. Provide the front players of the teams with the sticks, which also serve as batons.

How to Play. To start the competition, you give the children a command to draw a part of the 'house', e.g.: 'Draw a roof!'. Upon hearing this, the first players run to their ‘houses’ and draw a roof. After returning, they hand the sticks to the next players in their rows and stand at their end. This time, you give another command, e.g.: 'Draw a door!' and so on. If there are many players in the teams, you can command to draw a tree, a road, a bicycle, etc. The team, which finishes the relay race first, becomes the winner of the game.