Low Resource Speaking Games for Children
We hope your pupils find these speaking games fun to play whilst at the same time having plenty of opportunities to practice English.
You might find that the target language in each game matches up with the target language in your textbooks, however you can easily adapt these games to fit a variety of lesson objectives.
Each game contains information on how the game will support your pupils’ speaking, target language and how you can get pupils ready to play the game (this is optional however!). There are also pictures and diagrams which we hope will make the games easier to follow.
Remember, when using new games with your pupils, it might be difficult at first. Don’t let this put you off. Try it again and you will see things will run more smoothly (and quickly) as you and your pupils get used to the games.
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If you know the game ‘Snap!’ you will know this game. Instead of using cards you use pupils instead! Here pupils practice connected speech with ‘I’m a…’ as well as reviewing vocabulary!
Did you know children have wild imaginations? Try playing this game to practice spelling, question and answer dialogues whilst trying to hit an imaginary balloon. Watch your pupils have fun with it!
Remember those clapping games you used to play as kids? This is the same except we are using clapping to help with rhythm and stress. You can use any clapping routine here (make it as simple or as complicated as you like!).
Be amazed at how effective your pupils’ imagination is! Watch as they draw something in the air for their partner to guess. You will be surprised how well this works! Give it a try!
This is a fun take on “Simon Say”, however this time it involves the whole class and instead of saying “Simon Says” pupils say “Aha! Sunny catches you out!”. This game can get confusing, but tha tis the whole point of it! Don’t mix up your words with your actions and your actions with your words! Enjoy!
This is another guessing game where pupils guess what is inside an imaginary box that can fit just about anything inside (even elephants!). Pupils are required to speak quite a lot here to play the game. Have a bit patience and enjoy the game!
This is quite a popular game for kids. Your pupils all hold hands and must feel which hand is being squeezed. If it is the right hand they say one thing and if it is the left hand they say another thing! Good for practising positive and negative statements, questions and word forms!
This is a fun game. If you like tennis and badminton you will like this. Pupils play an imaginary game of tennis or badminton (no rackets or balls needed!) and ask and answer questions as they hit the imaginery ball/shuttle cock to each other. A really fun game!
This is a nice game to practice very simple dialogue. A pupil stands in the middle of the classroom, closes their eyes, spins around and guess which pupil they are pointing at. Remember to check the Fun Variation box to see more advanced options for this game!
If you know the game ‘Salad Bowl’ or ‘When the Wind Blows…’ you will be very familiar with this game. This game is an adaptation of those well-known fun games to work in classrooms with less space! Despite this, be surprised how pupils still manage to run from table to table!
Watch this space for more games!