Icebreaker Activities


Subject: Numbers


This simple game is designed specially for helping you and your new students get to know and memorize their names on the first day of class.

Skills: Speaking

Level: Beginner

Recommended Age: 6-9 y.o.

Number of Participants: 6-12 players

Time: 5-10 minutes

Place: Any

Equipment: Not required

Materials: Not required

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation. If possible, arrange the game participants so that they are sitting or standing in a circle or a semi-circle.  

How to Play. Before starting the competition, you should explain to the children that they are going to take it in turns to call out a number, replacing every third with their names. A typical game might start something like this:
Player A: One!
Player B: Two!
Player C: Nastya!
Player D: Four!
and so on around the circle.

A mistaken player drops out of the game. The activity continues as long as only one participant is left. This last remaining player becomes the winner of the game.
Variation. As an alternative for higher levels, the children may number using ordinal number. In this case, a typical game  might look something like this:
Player A: I'm the first!
Player B: I'm the second!
Player C: I'm Kostya!
Player D: I'm the fourth!
so on.