ESL Outdoor Games and Activities


Subject: Vocabulary


Skills: Listening

Level: Beginner

Recommended Age: 6-8 y.o.

Number of Participants: 6-10 players

Time: 15-20 minutes

Place: Asphalt playground

Equipment: Not required

Materials: Pieces of chalk of different colours

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation (10-15 minutes). 

1. First of all, draw a rectangle of approximately 2 m high and so wide that all the players can freely stand within it. Next, divide the ‘picture’ by height into three roughly equal parts. Then write 'Sky' in the upper sector, 'Sea' in the middle one and 'Land' in the lower one.

2. Ask the children to draw birds, waves, flowers, etc. in the corresponding sectors.

3. When the ‘picture' has been finished, bring the class to order. Afterwards, put the game participants on the perimeter of the picture.

How to Play. Before starting the competition, it would be feasible to do a demonstration game. It might start something like this:

You:Where's fish?

Upon hearing this, the players should jump into the Sea sector.

You: Where's the sun? 

Upon hearing this, the players should jump into the Sky sector.

You: Where are trees?

Uopn hearing this, the players should jump into the Land sector.

When you are sure that the children understand the rules, start the competition. In this, a player, who is the last to jump in the right sector or sets foot on its border, drops out of the game. The competition lasts as long as only one participant is left. This last remaining player becomes the winner of the game. You can repeat this activity as many times as you wish.

Variation. As an alternative for stronger groups or higher levels, the last remaining player becomes the caller in the following round. In this case, the game continues as long as each participant, at least once, acts as the caller.