Outdoor Games and Activities in English

Flower Meadow

Subject: Vocabulary

Skills: Writing

Level: Elementary

Recommended Age: 10-12 y.o.

Number of Participants: 4-10 players

Time: 25-30 minutes

Place: Asphalt playground

Equipment: Not required

Materials: Pieces of chalk by the number of players

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation (5-10 minutes).

1. Ask each player: 'What's your favourite subject?' If the answers coincide, then ask: 'What's your second choice?' in order to allocate a different subject to each participant in the game.

2. Provide the players with the chalks.

How to Play. First, the children must disperse on the playground and draw circles around themselves, which represent flower cores. Next, each player writes their subject in their circle. Then they draw leaves of their ‘flower’ and fill them with words, related to the given subject. For example, 'the Maths flower' might have 'leaves' like these: number, ruler, square, plus, calculator, etc. At the end of the competition, the number of 'leaves’ with correct words, drawn by each participant, is counted up. The player, whose 'flower' has the largest number of 'right leaves', becomes the winner of the game.

Variation. In order to make the task a bit more difficult and competitive, you may wish to set a time limit (from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the level of the students).