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ESL Game Colours and FruitThis is a great game for kindergarten. This game is easy, but you have to make sure that the young learners are familiar with the vocabulary you want to practice and check with them or else they will feel discouraged and find it difficult to play.

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials required: Two sets of flashcards (Example: colors and different fruit)

Skills practiced: vocabulary, memorization

Level: Kindergarten


1. Categorize the fruit flashcards according to their colors. (EXAMPLE: Yellow group could be Banana, lemon.  Orange group could be orange, mango, Red Group could apple, strawberry, tomatoes, peach and so on)

2. Show them each fruit flashcard and ask them to tell you the color.

3. After the entire vocabulary items are placed in their groups, then ask them again with more emphasis on the color, EXAMPLE: What do we have in the Red group? Then start showing them the flashcards from the Red category. When they say “a strawberry” you will say “a RED strawberry” stressing the colour RED.

4. Repeat the process for all color groups of fruit.

5. When they are familiarized with the fruits and their colors, you will say the fruit and they will say the color.

EXAMPLE: when you say apple, they will say red, when you say banana, they will say yellow and so on.

6. Next, you will have to say the color and they will mention all the fruits in that category.

7. Reward the kids for their great performance; this will stimulate their motivation to learn more.

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    ESL Riddles

    This post looks at a simple idea for using English riddles in the ESL classroom. Riddles can be a great way to get to get students talking, introduce a lesson or maybe just to practice speaking. This post will look at one way the riddles below can be used in class with young learners, teens and even adults. 
    1. Put students in pairs. 
    2. In pairs, students try to decide what the item being described is. They must come up with reasons why they think that is the answer and discuss with the class. 
    3. Make it more interesting by giving points to the pair that guess the most correct answers.

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