Christmas Flip Flop

It’s Gingey Flip Flop! This is a game that is a lot of fun and will get kids talking in English in no time at all!

Preparation:  Print the template 4 times and cut the cards out (there will be 40 cards in total). You will need either a bell (like the desk bell in hotels) or a bean bag.

This game needs 2-4 players.

The object of the game is to win as many pairs of cards as you can by identifying pairs.

Place the bell (or the bean bag in the center of the table).  Shuffle the cards and deal an equal number of cards to each player.  (If there are 3 players, you will need to take out 2 pairs so that there will be 36 cards). Each player keeps their stack of cards in front of them and face down.

Decide who will go first.  One player at a time must flip over a card, eventually forming another stack of cards in front for each player, but with the cards face up. Cards must be turned face out first, so that the other players will see the picture first.

The first player to see two identical gingerbread men face up on the table, must ring the bell (or grab the bean bag) and identify how the pair is the identical same. The similarity can be that they are both happy or sad, they have green or orange buttons, or because the backgrounds are the same (orange, blue or green). If that player answers correctly, she earns that pair of gingerbread men.  If a player flips over a card and the card immediately under it is identical, players may ring the bell (or grab the bean bag) and identify their similarity. Otherwise, once a card is covered up it isn’t used to make pair, until it becomes the top card again.  Once a player has turned over all her cards, she can take the pile of face side up cards and play continues until all the cards are paired.

Be careful….If you ring the bell (or grab the ball) by mistake, or a player does not identify the similarities correctly, she must give a card from her stack to each player. Once all a players cards are gone, she is out of the game.

The winner is the person that collects the most pairs! Good Luck and Have Fun!

Brown Bear

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is another great book for ESL kids. All kids love animals, each animal has a color and there is a lot of repetition.  After a few animals, kids get the repetition and will start to chant along with you as you read and they will get used to hearing/saying sentences in the correct order.  For example children in Italy often say the noun and adjective backward in a sentence (bear brown), since that is how the sentence is structured in Italian.

As usual we have a game to go along with the story- It’s Brown Bear Bingo:

We play this game a little differently than regular bingo.  Since animals make different sounds for different countries, try it like this:  Instead of calling out the animal and then covering the space, when you fish out a maker, keep it hidden and make the animals sound.  The first person to raise his hand and say the correct animal’s name and color wins the maker and can cover that space on his board (only one person wins a marker at a time). The exception to this is for mother and children, since these are a bit harder for kids, instead of saying what they are, we just turn the card around and whoever says the correct answer first wins the marker.

The first person to cover the whole board wins.

*Variation-play as we have explained above, but instead of raising the kids raising their hands and shouting the answer, if you have plush toys for each animal (even of the wrong color)-have the players sit in a circle, the animals go in the center, the first person to grab the correct animal and say it’s name wins the marker.  If a player grabs the incorrect animal, he does not get the marker (and its put back into the pile to be fished out again).  If a player grabs the right animal, but says the incorrect name or doesnt know the name, he does not get a marker, the marker goes back into the pile.  If the player grabs the animal and it’s not on his card, he does not get the marker, it goes back into the pile and he loses one of his marker on the board.

Enough with the rules, let’s get playing! Here are the boards:

Markers: Print one of each sheet.  Cut boards in half and cut each marker out.  And you are ready to go.

*variation-take out pairs from the markers and use them for a memory game- two games in one, what a deal!

Spinning Colors

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Last Saturday’s workshop was all about mixing colors…with your eyes.  One of the first things kids learn is English are colors, but not everyone knows which primary colors to mix together to make second secondary colors.  This is how we did it:

First, we reviewed the colors just to make sure everyone knows them.  Then we went over what supplies we’d use to make our project (in this case, paint, paint brushes, circles (drawn before hand), glue and bottle caps). Everyone painted 2 primary colors into each of the circles in alternating patterns (red/blue, yellow/red and  blue/yellow).Next, the kids cut out the circles.

They glued plastic bottle caps (which we had already punched a hole into with an awl) onto the backside of the circles (we punched a hole into the center of the circle to align with the hole in the bottle cap) and pushed a shish kabob stick through the hole.

After they finished drying, the tops were ready to go. The kids got to spin their tops and discover which two primary colors make each secondary color.

Experiencing Watercolors

Did you know that you can use different things with watercolors, that will change the way they look? The kids at ARTiculation360 got to try several different things to spread the colors around.  They used hard brushes and soft brushes, blew puddles of color around with straws and spattered with toothbrushes.They also got to experiment with  salt, drips of alcohol, wax, plastic wrap, tissue paper and  much more.

The best part was, they did it all in English!  That probably doesn’t sound that difficult if you are reading this, but our studio is located in the heart of Brugherio (Italy). None of the kids speak English as their first language.  All of the kids did some beautiful pieces of art, experimented with water colors, learned some English and most of all had fun.

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Tie Dyed Paper

Supplies:

  • Pens
  • Coffee filters (or cheap stiff paper towels might do the trick too)
  • Spray Bottle

Step 1: Scribble to your heart's content

Step 2: Spray with water.

Step 3: This is the fun part, watch the water spread the ink.

You can experiment and see what happens when you add more color or less color. What happens when you spray more water or less water? Or this could be turned into an experiment mixing colors – what happens with you put blue and red next to each other and you spray it with water?

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