ESL Icebreaker Activities


Subject: Present Simple


This game is designed specially for helping new classmates to become more aquianted with each other in first lessons.

Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Beginner

Recommended Age: 9-11 y.o.

Number of Participants: 6-12 players

Time: 15-20 minutes

Place: Hall

Equipment: Chairs by the number of players

Materials: Not required

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation (5-7 minutes).

1. Arrange the chairs in a circle, facing the centre.

2. Invite the players to sit down on them.  

How to Play. To start the game, you give the children a command, e.g.: 'Who's ten years old, change your flats!' Each player, who is ten, stands up and takes the next free seat counterwise. Your following commands might be like these: 'Who's got a dog, change your flats!', 'Who can play basketball, change your flats!' and so on. There is no winner in this game, but its effectiveness as an 'icebreaker' is great!