By Emma Lowe
Edleston Primary School
Flashcard/ Object Games
Have a group of objects or flashcards. Time the pupils to
memorize them. The pupils then close their eyes. Take
something away and ask them to tell you what’s missing.
Or cover the objects/cards up with a tea towel and get About the booklet
them to remember everything that’s underneath.
This booklet has been designed to
Guess What’s in the Bag provide a quick reference point for
Put an object in a bag and get a pupil to describe it to
Teachers and Teaching Assistants. Some
the group/class. Or, you describe the item to the class
and the class have to guess correctly.
of the games will be familiar to you,
others may be new but the idea is to
Other Games collect the game ideas together and keep
Elevensies them in one place for easy planning. Also,
To practice numbers 1 – 11. Get the pupils in a circle. The we all have our favourites and I know
first person starts counting but they can only say 1 myself that I am guilty of sticking to the
number, 2 numbers or 3 numbers at a time eg. ‘1’, ‘1, 2’ or games I know well. By using this booklet I
‘1,2,3’ then the next person in the circle has to carry on
try to vary my games more and I would
from where they left off but again can only say a
maximum of 3 numbers. The person who says 11 is out and
love some more ideas. I hope that you
has to sit down. Then you start from the beginning until find it useful. I’ve left some pages at the
everybody is sitting down for except the winner! back blank, so that you can add your own
game ideas. If you have any good ideas,
Bingo or Dominoes and would like them added to this
Can be used to match numbers, pictures, words or time.
booklet, I’ll try to add them in.
Edleston’s EAL Manager
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Card Games Flashcard/ Object Games
Pairs Hot and Cold Game
No. Of Players: 2-6 No. Of Players: 1 – class size
Language used: ‘I’ve got apple and pear, not a pair’, Language Used: ‘Hotter’ ‘Colder’ etc. and key language
‘I’ve got banana and banana, it’s a pair!’ ‘I remember Send a child/ some children out of the class and hide the
where that one is’ flashcards/objects around the room, make sure that the
Cards with pictures to match or cards with pictures remaining children know where they are hidden. Invite
and words to match. Place all the cards face down on the players back in and either get the class to chant
the table and the players take it in turns to turn over hotter or colder; or say over and over the item that they
two cards. If they have a matching pair then they get are looking for, in a louder voice if they are close, or a
to keep it and they score a point. quieter voice if they are far away from it. If you’ve got
time to prepare in advance then it’s also a nice idea to
give each child, that went out of the room, a card with a
Have you Got?
picture of what they are looking for on it and the first
No. Of Players: 4 -7
player to find their item is the winner.
A quieter version of this game is Treasure Hunt to hide
Language Used: ‘Have you got...a red crayon?’, ‘Yes I
objects or words around the class and give the players a
have’ or ‘No I haven’t’ ‘I need...’
list of pictures that they are looking for (or vice cersa)
You need a set of cards with pairs in it like above.
and the teacher then says whether they are hot or cold.
Deal out 7 cards each and put the remaining cards in
the middle face down. The first pupil asks ‘Have you
Pass the Parcel
got...?’ and says one of their cards. If the anyone has a
No. Of Players: 3 – class size
card to match theirs then they must give it to them
and that player can put their pair down on the table.
Language Used: ‘I’ve got a...’ / ‘I’ve found a...’
If no-one has it then every player must take a card.
Like the traditional game but put a vocabulary item in
The winner is the person to get rid of all their cards.
each layer and get the child to name it.
Guess the Card/ Slow Reveal
No.Of Players: 1 – class size Happy Families
Language Used: ‘Is it a...?’ No. Of Players: 4 (up to the number of families their
This game can be done in a few different ways. are to collect)
Firstly you can shuffle up the flashcards you’ve been Language Used: ‘Can I have...a blue pencil?’ ‘No I
teaching, then ask the class/group which card you’re haven’t’ or ‘Yes I have’
hiding. You will need a pack of cards with different
Alternatively, you can use smaller flashcards and run vocabulary repeated four times in different colours
them past a hole in a picture. For example, ‘What’s in my e.g blue, red, green, yellow.
school bag?’ and you can have a flashcard of a school bag The players start with four cards and they have to
with a small hole in it. Then you slowly run school objects collect a family of whatever they decide to collect. A
past the hole until the pupils guess what it is. If they family of scissors for example would include a blue
guess correctly then they get to keep the card. The pair of scissors, a red pair of scissors, a green one and
winner is the player with the most cards at the end. a yellow one. Basically, they need one in each colour
Another example is a person with a hole in his/her tummy, of the same item to win. Each player takes it in turns
and you ask the children to guess what’s in his/her tummy to ask for a card that they need e.g ‘Can I have a
while running food flashcards past slowly. green ruler?’ If one of the other players has that card
Or, you can simply cover the flashcard with a piece of then they must give it to the asking player and take a
card or paper and slowly take it away bit by bit. card from the middle to replace it. If no-one has the
On the IAW Board you can hide a picture behind shapes card the player needs, then the asking player must
and slowly take away a shape at a time (like Catchphrase!) take a card from the middle and decide whether they
until a pupil guesses what it is. want to keep it or not. If they keep it, then they must
put another one of their cards in the middle. If they
don’t want it, then they simply put it back in the
middle. The players must always have four cards. The
next player can decide if they want to take the card
in the middle or not, then they must ask for a card
they want. And the game continues like this until
someone manages to collect a complete family.
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Flashcard Games Flashcard Games
Heads Down, Thumbs up! Beat the Teacher
No. Of Players: At least 5 but an ideal activity to play No. Of Players: 2 – whole class
with the whole class. Language Used: key vocabulary
Language Used: ‘I think it was...’ ‘Who do you think Display the flashcards on the board after introducing the
picked you?’ ‘Close your eyes!’ ‘Open your eyes’ ‘Put your vocabulary. Draw a score chart on the board with your
head down and your thumbs in the air’ ‘Stand up if you name on one side and class/group on the other side.
were picked’ Then explain to the children (or model) that you want
This is a game to reinforce and practice new vocabulary. them to repeat the item if its correct or stay absolutely
You will need to introduce the vocabulary with silent if it’s wrong.
flashcards first and only start this game when the Point to a flashcard and say what it is, move onto
children know at least half of the words required. another and say what it is until eventually you decide to
Pick about 3 volunteers (you can pick more if you have a say the wrong word. If the class/group stay silent then
bigger group) and invite them to the front of the they get a point, if they repeat it then you get a point. I
class/group. Give each volunteer a flashcard and get always tell them that i’m really good at this game and they
them to hold it up in front of them so the class can see really try hard to beat me!
it. Reinforce the vocabulary on the card as you do this O’s and X’s (can be done on the IAW Board)
and get the class/group to repeat it. Next tell the No. Of Players: 2 or 2 teams (eg. Boys vs Girls)
class/group to close their eyes and put their head down Language Used: Key vocabulary and numbers 1-9
on the table with their thumbs up in the air. When Draw a 3x3 grid on the board and number each square
nobody is looking get the volunteers to creep around the going from 1 - 9. Stick a flashcard onto each square with
room and choose one person each by tapping them on the blue tack saying what each card is as you put it up. Then
thumb. When a person feels their thumb being tapped players or teams take it in turns to answer. They must tell
they should put their thumb down so they don’t get you which number square they are going for first, then
picked again. Once you have all the volunteers back at tell you what the vocabulary or phrase is that is linked to
the front, tell the class/group to stand up if they were the picture. If they get it right then they get a O or a X in
picked. Those who were picked then have to guess who their box. If its wrong move on to the next player/team.
picked them by saying ‘I think it was...’ and then naming They have to try and get three in a row like noughts and
the vocabulary item on the flashcard. If they get it right, crosses to win!
then they swap places with that person. If they get it
wrong then they have to sit back down. Keep repeating To make it more challenging you can turn the
the game until the vocabulary has been learned. Page 5 flashcards upside down and do it as a memory game