How many things…

14 Oct, 2012

How many things…

This warmer is always a fun way to get your students thinking and practicing their vocabulary. I first came across this activity in this book, which has some great ideas for mini-brain workouts for quiet or tired students.

This activity is extremely easy to do and requires no pre-class preparation or materials.

Activity Time:  5 – 10 mins +
Materials required: pencil and paper for each pair of students
Number of students: 2 +
Skills practiced:Vocabulary revision
Level: All levels


  • In pairs or groups students have to note down as many things as they can think of that fit a certain definition.


  • For example, you might say to the class “How many things can you think of that are round?
  • Each group then gets a certain amount of time to think and write down as many things as they can. The group with the most are the winners and get a point for that round. 
Some suggestions:
How many things…
  • are bigger than an elephant? 
  • are smaller than a mouse?
  • are long and thin?
  • do people like to look at?
  • can you sit on?
  • are purple?
  • cost more than £1000?
  • are better than an iPhone?!
  • fit in your pocket?
  • are free?
You can find more brain breaks like this here and here.

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David has been teaching ESL for a number of years across Asia and Europe. He currently lives and works in Seville, Spain where he has been teaching for the past three years. He is currently studying an MA in Digital Technologies, Communication and Education in TESOL.

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