Make learning English a BLAST with these fun ESL activities!
A few years ago, I taught English to young kids ages 2-12. It was a fun and rewarding career change, but I was constantly on the lookout for props and games to help me in my lesson delivery. Luckily, I've enlisted my son, a cartoon artist, to help me in my search. Here are some of the fun ESL activities and props that we've either developed or found on the web.
Peek-a-Boo, I see you--Start your lessons off by greeting each child by name. Everyone sits in a circle and has
their own pair of binoculars. Chant this phrase, "One, two, three...who do I see? I see...(name of child). Everyone takes a turn at this game! In the end, collect the binoculars
for use during other lessons. I stored mine in a decorated shoe box!
Kids Mask--Patterned after a ping pong paddle, this is a great teaching prop!
Mark out holes for the eyes, then let your students draw self-portraits! Encourage conversation as the kids color in their facial features. Example: "What color hair do you have?"
"Do you have freckles?" "Do you wear glasses?"
Collect the finished masks and laminate to protect.
Nothing fancy is needed to make this mask: White paper, scissors, markers or crayons, and a whole lotta imagination!
Car Templates--This is one of many fun esl activities for the younger set. My group of 2-3 year olds love to "wear" their cars and zoom around the room on a make believe race track as they learn the words "car" and "I am the driver..."
Print out the template on colored construction paper, cut out and laminate. More easy instructions here.
Truck Template--Use this big truck template/coloring page to help teach traffic safety to young kids. This fun esl activity can be used in so many ways. First, print out our template and let the kids color their trucks. Then, print out the template as a placard and use for teaching road safety.
We printed ours out on colored construction paper, laminated them and glued Velcro on the back of each truck. When the kids came to their lesson, we "stuck" the truck on the front
of each students' shirt, gave them a play steering wheel and let them "drive" around the room. Words introduced in this lesson are: I'm the driver. I'm driving the truck. Fast. Slow.
Needless to say, we had a great time! Get your template here.
Animal Masks--During group lessons, the kids would choose their favorite animal, place the mask around their necks and then say something like, "I am a dog!" Then they would "act" like the animal and we would repeat the words in English.
Our selection includes a dog, cat, sheep, cow, rabbit, duck and donkey. All you have to do is print out one (or all) of our templates, let your imaginations run wild and you've got an afternoon filled with animal fun!