Games

 

  • Your child will learn the English for all the days of the week and the months of the year- that is, all except one !. Listen carefully to this song, and see who can be the first to say which month is missing. And, if you didn’t notice, don’t worry, just listen to the answer immediately after the song.

     

    daysThis is the song with the most vocabulary. The children learn not only the days of the week but the months of the year, including August, which I mention at the end of the CD because it was only a long time after we had recorded this song that I realised that a month was missing!

    You can divide this song into two parts. Start by teaching the children the days of the week.

    Game A

    Si the children in a circle. Go round the circle asking each child to say the day of the week following that of the previous child.

    Game B

    This is a race. Depending on how much space you have, you can either play standing up or sitting around a table. Put a satchel in the middle. If you don’t have a satchel, choose an object to do with school. Before you play check with the children that they know which days of the week they go to school, and repeat the names in English. You can explain that in England children go to school from Monday to Friday, all day. You can also explain the word “weekend” and name the days that make it up.

    Then you make sure that all the children are at an equal distance from the satchel. Say the name of the day, and the children must decide if it is a school day or not. The child who touches the satchel first when it is a school day wins, and it is his turn to name a day. If it isn’t a school day, the children do an action to show they are resting. If you have enough space, they can mime the activities that they do on those days.

    To learn the months;

    Game C

    Now you can play with their birthdays. Everyone chants the names of the months, and as soon as a child realises it is his birthday month, he calls out “stop!”, gets up, runs round the room and sits back down again. If the group is small of course you can also sing “Happy Birthday” to that child...

  • Children get very excited when they know a surprise is in store for them. This song makes them wait until the end, and while they wait they have to shut their eyes, hold the adult’s hand,... What is the surprise? In this song your child will learn the English for all the words linked to anticipation and an exciting present.....

    surpriseThis song can be song by pairs of children who will swap when they sing the song a second time. In each pair, one is the parent and the other is the child. To give them extra vocabulary you can ask them «are you a mummy or a daddy ?» et «are you a boy or a girl ?».

    Game A

    In each pair the children take turns to sing and it is the parents who begin by singing “A surprise, have I got a surprise for you?”. The children answer “A surprise, have you got a surprise for me?”

    The song continues thus, with the parent singing the first line of each couplet and the child singing the second.

    Of course, when the parent sings “close your eyes”, the child obeys, and opens them when the parent sings “open your eyes”, and he takes the parent’s hand at the correct moment.

    For the next part the chile sings “what is it?” on his own, and the parent answers “wait and see” and of course, “open your eyes”. Tell the children you want to see which one of them can look the most excited.

  • This is an action song where the children can get carried away supporting one team or the other. They may already know words like “team” and “football”. You can talk about other words like “international match” and “goalie” etc.

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    Game A

    First choose a child to be the referee. Give him a red card. Next, divide the rest of the group into two. One group will support France, and the other, England. The referee faces them. Now you can start to sing. The referee must remember to show the red card at the right moment, do a sign to show he is awarding a penalty, and when everybody sings, “five minutes more”, he must hold up five fingers.
    The best fun to be had is when you all sing “no more telly”, because he needs to disappear! See how you can do that even if he only crouches down with his arms hiding his face. For a group of younger children, it’s best if you are the referee.

    All the children can sing lustily when it is their turn, to support their team, but the referee doesn’t sing as he is neutral, and any way he’s got enough on his plate. As no-one knows the result of the match, at the end of the song they can shrug their shoulders.

  • This is an action song. The actions are as follows:
    “Finish your salad” the children pretend to cut and eat their salad,
    “Finish your soup” they mime eating soup with a spoon,
    “Finish your spinach, finish your fish”, they point their finger at an imaginary plate that an imaginary child is not eating from,
    “Look,.....chips!” the child shows his delight at having finished all his chips.

    Game A

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    You need pictures of the food named in the song. If the children are old enough, they can illustrate the song themselves, or you can do some very simple pictures. Put on the floor or on a table the 5 sheets of paper with the pictures of salad, soup, spinach, fish and chips, making sure they don’t follow the order of the song. In turns, the children try to pick up the pictures in the right order.

  • Jeu A

    breakfast timeStart by talking to the children about their day, so that they can find an action to go with all the « times » that are mentioned in the song. Here are some ideas, but it is better if you take the ideas the children in your group give you. Some of them, for example, may not eat breakfast, etc...

    « Breakfast »: The children pretend to eat breakfast and perhaps drink a hot drink.
    « School »: The children put their things in their satchel and put it on their backs. They can either start to walk, or get into an imaginary car.
    « Dinner »: The children pretend that they are at the canteen chosing their dishes and putting them on their trays, or having a meal at home.
    « Playtime »: The children pretend it is break time.
    « Hometime »: The children greet the parent who has come to collect them
    « Teatime »: It’s time for a snack, one that can be held in the hand rather than eaten with a knife and fork.
    « Bed »: The child mimes going to bed.
    Take time to see what mimes the children have come up with and help the ones who don’t have many ideas.
    Now ask the children “What’s the time?”.
    It’s a good idea to link this song to song 2 “Count, what’s the time?”, where the same question is asked.
    The children raise their hands and one of them is asked to give a time, for example he may answer “time for dinner”. The other children must try to do the appropriate actions for the time of day.
    You can use this song to add some more vocabulary. Ask them what they have for breakfast, and who comes to fetch them from school.
    You can also stop at one of the times and do role play around that time. When a child goes to bed he can ask “Kiss please”, and he and the parent can say “goodnight”. See Songs: Kiss me, Game B

    Game B

    Divide the children into two groups to sing. One of the groups sings all the words of the song while the other group sings “tick tock, tick tock” throughout the song, in time to the beat. If they are old enough, get them to change over in the middle of the song.

  • Jeu A

    big benThis is an action song. For the first and the last lines of the song, you must count on your fingers to the music, that is up from 1 to 10 and down from 10 to 1. You’ll realise that children find the countdown extremely difficult.
    In the second part of the song they count up to twelve. If you have a cardboard clock, let them in turns have fun trying to move the hour hand in time to the music. They won’t manage it, as the times go by too fast, but they’re sure to enjoy having a go.

     

    Game B

    clock

    Start the game by showing several fingers to them and asking « how many?”. The children who think they know the answer can raise their hand and try to answer. Younger children make a lot of mistakes. Tell them in English if they are right or not with “yes” nd “no”. The first child to give the correct answer will then put up a number of fingers between 1 and 10 and ask “how many?”.

     

     

    Game C

    wolf"What's the Time, Mr. Wolf ? »
    This is the British version of the French game “1,2,3 soleil”, and needs a lot of space. It also gets the children very excited, so save it for the last five minutes!

  • Jeu A

    alphabetStand the children in a circle and get them to hold hands. Be part of the circle too so you can help them. When the music begins, get them to all walk round in a circle in a clockwise direction, marching in time to the music, and singing, of course! When you get to the letter “v” you will have noticed there are two beats pause. On these beats, everybody leaves go of their hands so they can clap twice, and then joins hands again and finishes the first verse marching in the same direction as before.

    In between verses you get them to all change direction with you, still holding hands, and do exactly the same actions but in an anti-clockwise direction.

     

    Game B

    You need to make sure the children know their alphabet quite well before you attempt to play this game or it’ll be too difficult for them. Explain that you want them to say a letter only when you point to them. Start the music and point to a different child for each letter. The easiest way is to have the children in a circle, and stand in the middle of them so you can turn. A child can take your place. If it is really too difficult for them, play the game without the music.