Outdoor English Learning Games


Subject: Vocabulary

Skills: Listening

Level: Beginner

Recommended Age: 5-7 y.o.

Number of Participants: 6-10 players

Time: 20-30 minutes

Place: Asphalt playground

Equipment: Not required

Materials: 7 pieces of chalk by the colours of rainbow

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation (10-15 minutes). Ask the players to draw a rainbow, where each strip is approximately 0.5 m wide.

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

You: River!

Upon hearing this, the players should run in the blue sector.

You: Apple!

Upon hearing this, the players should jump in the red or yellow or green sector.

When you are sure that the children understand the rules, you begin the competition. In this, a player, who is the last to jump in the right sector or steps  foot on a 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.