Children have much more energy than any grown-ups have. When you have something more than usual what do you do? You use or spend it, right? So, children need to spend all this extra energy. But how and when? If you plan your lessons well you have the advantage, if not then be ready for interruptions, spoilers and nonefficient classes. Here, I will be telling you about some energy reducing games and activities.

A fun and very active game you can play during your class is "Flyswatter". You can take any topic you want for this game. You have to get your flash cards and a couple of flyswatters. Lay down the flash cards on the floor as a circle. Choose a group of kids according to the number of your class. While the kids are in the center of the flash cards, holding the flyswatters, you call out a flash card or a sentence that addresses a flash card. (Calling out a word or a sentence depends on the level and what you taught before.) Then kids run and hit the right flash card with the flyswatters they hold. You can make groups and give them points or just tell the first hitter "Well-done!" .


Patrick Jackson on October 19, 2009 at 12:28 PM said...

Just as long as they don't swat each other too often this sounds like a lot of fun! You're very right about kids' energy levels and the importance of allowing them to keep moving (or face the consequences).

ozge on October 22, 2009 at 9:25 AM said...

Dear Esra,
This is such a great activity to use it with kindergarten students and even with lower primary.
We can hang the flashcards on the walls/board and we can use realias as well.
Thank you so much for sharing it with us!!
Super happy teaching!

Teaching English on October 22, 2009 at 9:40 AM said...

Dear Patrick,
As a kindergarten teacher I always keep them move around, have fun and learn at the same time. Because when I don't I lose the class and that takes more of my energy and time:)

msesra on October 22, 2009 at 9:48 AM said...

Dear Ozge,
There are many ways to adapt the activity. It depends on your creativity. Thanks for the new ideas:)

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