3 Awesome Language Games to Excite Young Learners (The Last One Drives Kids Insane)

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Want to liven up language learn online chinese classes for kids?

Got 10 minutes left in class and desperately looking at the clock for a life preserver?

Look no further.

Here are 3 awesome and flexible games to cover the awkward end to class or liven up any language classroom learning atmosphere!

3. The 4 Corner Language Game

This language game is perfect for vocabulary review. Take any 4 vocabulary words or cards and place one in each corner of the room.

The teacher then needs to cover their eyes and count to 5. During the counting, students need to run to one of the corners in hopes the teacher will call that corner’s card.

Upon getting to 5, the teacher shouts out one of the cards. The students who guessed the corner with the card you said, earn points for their correct prediction.

This game goes great with any vocabulary and is a perfect filler kids adore!

2. Tic-Tac-Toe Vocabulary

This is a fabulous adaptation of basic tic-tac-toe (noughts and crosses).

You’ll need at least 9 vocabulary words to play this language game!

Lay out vocabulary cards in a 3 X 3 grid or the write words on the board (or their English equivalent) on the board.

Place students into teams. Each team has to say the word in the target language to gain the right to place an X or an 0 on the grid. The rest of tic-tac-toe rules then apply.

For further difficulty, I like to place cards in a 4 X 4 grid. This way you cover more vocabulary and students find it more challenging to win.

1. Sticky Ball Target Practice Language Game

No other game in over 15 years of teaching languages drives kids closer to complete bliss and total devastation.

And it’s all from a simple sticky ball.

I learned it in my first week of language teaching in Taiwan, and it has never left me.

A bit of warning, though. If you have children who struggle to deal with losing games, you might have problems.

Draw a pie shaped target on the board.

Ask students vocabulary questions to gain their team the right to throw the sticky ball.

Students need to throw the sticky ball at the target for points. They can either gain points or lose points depending on where they hit the target. If the sticky ball’s suction cup lands between two slices, I award points for both slices.

The arrows pointing in opposite directions indicate the ‘swapper.’ Anytime this slice is hit, the points swap from the team with the least to the team with the greatest. The ‘swapper’ creates a massive wild card which has sent many of my students into victory dances while others fall to the floor in tears.

End the game anytime. The team with the most points wins!

So, there you have it! Three awesome classroom language games to excite young learners.