This fun game, comes from Olha Madulus’s Blog!
When Olha, first mentioned the game on her facebook page , I told her that I loved the idea and asked her if I could try it in my class! She agreed and was kind enough, to promise me to write a blog post about the game, as soon as possible!
I adapted the game ,a bit, to suit my classes ,but the main idea worked really well with my students , therefore, it is highly recommended to any other colleague, wishing to give it a try, too.
I have to thank Olha, again, for her generosity ! She is one of the most inspiring Teacher Trainers I know!
This game is suitable for all ages and levels
· Blow up one balloon
· Divide your class into two teams (once the students have got used to the game, you can organise them into smaller groups of 2 teams each, each group needs a balloon – but consider the space you have available. You could use the playground for this).
· e.g. with younger learners explain that they have to remember vocabulary for food
· One team starts with a member hitting the balloon across to the opposition team and at the same time shouting (so all can hear) one word for an example of food e.g. chocolate
· Next a member of the opposition team has to hit the balloon back shouting a different food word
· If no one can think of a new word or repeats a word – that team loses the point (this encourages the learners to listen carefully)
· If the balloon drops to the floor – the receiving team loses the point
· You can score the game like tennis
· You can change the lexical set whenever necessary
· With older learners you can review a topic prior to a writing task e.g. the advantages and disadvantages of the internet
· Nominate which team should shout advantages and which disadvantages
· Play as above
This game has a number of advantages
· It is kinaesthetic and can energise the class
· It’s a team game and promotes a sense of community
· The focus is on the balloon and shyer students feel relaxed and more likely to participate
· You can change/play with the rules to suit your class and any language you want to practise
· The balloon is quite slow and easier to keep in the air than a ball