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Hammer Phonics

ESL Game Hammer PhonicsHammer phonics is a great ESL game for beginners with a low level of English. If properly organized and carried out, it is fun and will in no time become a popular game in class. This is a great game to practice and learn phonics in class.

Duration: 10mins

Materials required: Toy hammer and Phonics Flash Cards.

Skills practiced: Phonics revision and quick response.

Level: Beginners

Method
  1. Introduce few phonics cards to the learners (Not more than 8 at a time, EXAMPLE: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H).
  2. After a proper introduction and teaching of the phonic cards put them on the floor.
  3. Hand toy hammers to two students at a time.
  4. Students should be instructed to raise their hammers as high as possible.
  5. Read out the phonetic sound that is related to a particular card

Example: CARD 1 = A, A for Apple, CARD 2 = B, B for Ball, CARD 3 = C, C for Cat etc.

  1. The first learner to hit the right card and properly pronounce the right phonetic sound associated with that card is declared the winner.
  2. Transfer the hammers to new students and repeat the whole process.

This simple game is easy to organize and it is always successful in class. It is important that the students are given plenty of time to prepare the target language before playing the game. It is a fun and engaging way to practice phonics with your students.

Discover more young learner activities here.

ESL Creativity Activity

This activity is based on a creativity test developed by psychologist Ellis Paul Torrance. Torrance created the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT) which sought to test people’s creativity and not just IQ.

Download and print the ESL creativity activity handout:

Download (PDF, 35KB)

Students are given an image like the one shown in the picture below.

Creativity Test ESL Ellis_Paul_Torrance

 

Students are then given one or two minutes to complete the picture and give it a title.

After they have completed the task each student has to explain what they have drawn and the title.

This is a simple activity that is sure to get your students thinking creatively.

Here are some example of what others have created.

(image credits and for more drawings: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/galleries/2010/07/10/creativity-test.html#slide1)