9 Free Body Parts Classroom Games and Activities for ESL and Kindergarten
All the following games and activities for kindergarten, preschool and ESL students have been tried and tested in classrooms by The Magic Crayons, who are experienced teaching professionals. If you are planning a lesson to a theme, remember to check our flash cards, crafts and songs pages too.
1. Crazy Body Parts
Flash Cards - Body parts
Set up - Have a fun song in the cd player, and when you start the music, the children must dance around the room, when you stop the music, put up a body flash card, or just yell out the vocabulary. Then the children must find a partner and touch the appropriate body part on the other child for example, * Hands - touch palms of hands together and sit down, * Feet/Toes - lay down on their backs and put the souls of their feet together, * Shoulders - get back to back with the partner and sit down * Knees - kneel down in front of each other knees touching,
But there is a crazy catch, if you yell out Head, the kids must find a partner and do the head shoulders knees and toes song as fast as they can then sit down.
Materials: Flash Cards Time: 6-8 minutes Receptive Language: “No (body part)” Productive Language: body parts, flashcard vocab Game Explanation: Review body parts with the students and introduce the “No (body part)” concept. In teams or independently, the students must then transport flashcards from one end of the room to the other while following your commands: “No hands”, “No legs”, etc, Make sure the students correctly identify the flashcards they’re transporting.
3. Doctor Feelgood
Materials: none Time: 6 minutes Receptive Language: instructions, colours, body parts Productive Language: colours, body parts Game Explanation: Basically an extended version of Colour Touch, Dr Feelgood is played by having the students touch various items of a certain colour (as decided and called out by you, the instructor, at least at first) with specified body parts (hand, nose, knee, etc).
4. Make A Face
Materials: 5 envelopes, pre-made laminated facial body parts Time: up to 10 minutes Receptive Language: instructions, body parts, various Productive Language: various, body parts Game Explanation: Prepare 5 envelopes, each containing up to 6 different laminated facial body parts (i.e., one for noses, one for eyes, etc). Divide the students into teams & have them perform a task (identify flashcards, answer questions, etc). The winning team gets to pick one body part from one envelope. The first team to complete their face wins. Note: To make the game a little harder (& a lot longer), mix the body parts up & divide them haphazardly among the envelopes so that the students will never be sure just what feature they’re going to get.
Materials: whiteboard, markers &/or paper & crayons Time: 6-7 minutes Receptive Language: various Productive Language: various Game Explanation: Review body parts, colours, etc. Either individually (at the whiteboard) or all at once (on their own pieces of paper), the students must draw the wacky monster that you describe for them: three heads, nine eyes, two mouths, long purple hair, etc. Let the drawer of the best (that is, most accurate) picture describe the next monster to be drawn.
6. Please Touch (Simon Says)
Materials: none Time: 5 minutes Receptive Language: instructions, ‘Please touch your [body part]’ Productive Language: none Game Explanation: Have the students stand in a circle & demonstrate that when you call out ‘Please touch your [body part]’ the students must do so as quickly as possible, but that if you only call out ‘Touch your [body part]’ they are not to do so. Any students that make a mistake sit down. Continue play until there are a handful of champions, until only one student remains, or you’ve successfully knocked them all of the students out of the game.
7. Stuck On You
Materials: pillowcase/bag, body part cards Time: 6-8 minutes Receptive Language: instructions, body parts Productive Language: body parts Game Explanation: Review body parts. Pair the students off & have them stand at one end of the classroom or play area. Each pair of students draws 2 cards from the bag; these are the body parts that will be ‘stuck’ together (e.g., hand & nose). After all the students are ‘stuck’ they must race to the other side of the classroom / play area & back. Penalize or disqualify any pairs that become unstuck during the course of the race, & laugh uproariously at the pairs that triumph - or don’t - over difficult matches (nose-foot).
8. Body Spell
Materials: alphabet cards Time: 5-8 minutes Receptive Language: “Make an (E, M, etc)” Productive Language: alphabet Game Explanation: Divide the students into teams. Call out or show the students an alphabet card. The teams must then lie down and attempt to form the letter you’ve asked for. Award points to the fastest or most accurate team. This game can also be played individually, with each student attempting to contort their body into the correct letter shape (also amusing for ‘S’).
Materials: Flash Cards Time: 5-8 minutes Receptive Language: instructions, ‘left/right foot’, ‘left/right hand’ etc Productive Language: colours Game Explanation: Students can compete as individuals or in teams, two at a time or all at once. Arrange the colour flashcards on the floor. Call out ‘Left foot, red!’ & so on. The students are not allowed to have any part of their bodies touching the floor but their hands & feet. If they fall over, they’re out. The last student standing is declared the champion. Note: Maybe because kids tumble about all day but there are occasions when this game is not as popular as one may imagine. Maybe best suited to the staff party :-)