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Free Time Games and Activities for the ESL English Classroom

Fun Time Theme Unit Vocabulary for Children in PreSchool, Nursery, Kindergarten, and International School Classrooms. Educational Resources Written, Tried and Tested by English Language Teachers Working With Students in Japan.
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The Games

  • 1. Wheelbarrow Race


    How To Play

    Time: 5-8 minutes
    Receptive Language: instructions, flashcard vocab
    Productive Language: flashcard vocab

  • In pairs, the students make wheelbarrows (one student supporting himself on his hands while his partner holds his ankles) & race to take or slap the flashcard you call out. Wacky crashing ensues, guaranteed.

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Enhance your English lessons with our themed Flash Cards! Organized by study theme and featuring fun and clear illustrations, our Flash Cards are perfect for ESL and EFL teachers working in Japan and international schools. Grab your set today and make learning English fun and engaging!

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  • 2. His Bus Is Crazy


    How To Play

    Time: 5 minutes
    Receptive Language: instructions, various
    Productive Language: flash card vocab

  • Become a bus by ‘driving’ around the room, stopping to pick up students & only allowing them to ‘board’ (i.e. form a train behind you) if they can correctly identify a flash card. Repeat until all of the students are aboard. Ride around the room & crash dramatically into stuff as part of the big, crazy finale.


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