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

Swat It!

Skill: Letter recognition; letter-sound association; vocabulary review
Group Size: any number
Prep. Time: > 5 minutes
Time: 5-15 minutes
Interest Level: ages 3-8
Ability Level: beginning

Materials: two or more clean flyswatters (not used for swatting flies); flashcards

Game: To review letters of the alphabet, simply place letter cards on the floor between two or more lines of students. Hand the first student in each line a fly swatter, name a letter, and let them race to swat it. Depending on the ability levels of students, you may ask them to find a letter that makes a certain sound instead. For example ...

To review vocabulary, place flash cards on the floor. Then, either name the object to be swatted -- "Where's the chair?" -- or give word clues -- "There are sixteen of them in the classroom. We sit on them" and require students to swat and name the object (SWAT! "It's a chair!").

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