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The EFL Playhouse: A Resource for ESL/EFL Teachers of Young Learners

In the Dark

Skill: Describing how a given object feels; associating descriptive terms with an appropriate object
Group Size: 4 to 24
Prep Time: ~1/2 hour
Playing Time: 5-20 minutes
Interest Level: ages 3 to 14
Ability Level: beginning to intermediate

Language used: Common objects; words that describe texture/feeling--soft, hard, rough, smooth, silky, light, heavy, small, large, cold, sharp, dull, etc.

Game: Fill a box with textured items--a piece of blanket, a feather, a square of sandpaper, a rock, a small pillow, a bean bag, a coin, a ball, etc. Blindfold one student. Quietly choose one item from the box and show it to the rest of the class. They must then give the blindfolded student clues to help him or her find the object. For example, "it's small. It's round. It's cold. It's heavy," and so forth.

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