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Apple Pass

AppleHave all Ss sit in a circle. Use a plastic apple and toss it to one S. But you must say one fruit word as you pass. The S then throws to another S and says a different fruit. If the student you threw it to drops it, he/she is out. And the game keeps going until you have one winner. It can be played with different categories, such as Food, Animals, etc. My students love it! (Submitted by Kim.S.).

Blindfold Guess

BlindfoldBlindfold a S and give him/her an object to feel. The S must guess what the object is. This works well with plastic fruit as they are a little challenging to guess.

Give Me Game

Plastic fruitYou can use with objects or flashcards.  This works well with plastic fruit: Gather and elicit the different kinds of plastic fruit you have.  Then throw all the fruit around the classroom (it's fun just to throw the whole lot in the air and watch the chaos of the Ss scrabbling to pick them up).  Once the Ss have collected the fruit (they'll probably do their best to hide it in their pockets, etc.) T says "Give me an apple".  The S with the apple should approach the T and hand him/her the fruit "Here you are".  Avoid having the fruit thrown back to you as they can go anywhere and takes a long time to finish this game.

Lesson plans about food

ESL Kids Lesson PlansWe also have some FREE lesson plans about food which include games and activities as well as other lesson materials.

Click here to download our Food Lesson Plans.


Meal Routines Throw

Eat dinnerThis activities practices adverbs such as never, rarely, sometimes, usually, often, always. First, get Ss to write down as many food words on the blackboard as they can in 3 minutes (if you have a large class, have the Ss shout out and the T writes the words down). Then make 2 teams. In Team A, S1 throws a screwed up paper ball at the board. Whatever food word it hits the S must make a sentence using the structure "I ___ eat ___ for (breakfast, lunch or dinner), e.g. "I sometimes eat chicken for dinner". If the S successfully hits a word and makes a good sentence he/she wins a point for his team. If the S misses a word or gets the sentence wrong his/her team misses out on a point.

Smell & Taste Guess

Yuk!This one takes a bit of preparation but is well worth it. Buy a variet of fruit and cut each fruit up into small cubes, so it is difficult to tell exactly what it is. Once in class, get the Ss to smell and taste to guess the fruit. Little kids love this. Encourage them to say things like "yummy", "yuk", "I like this one", etc.

Songs about food

ESL Kids SongsWe have some songs available for download about animals, such as "What Fruit Do You Like?".

Click here for our songs page.


What's In The Bag Game

BagKids love this activity.  Take a small cloth bag to class. Have the Ss close their eyes while T puts a plastic fruit object in the bag (such as an orange).  One S then puts his/her hand in the bag to feel the object and try and guess what it is.


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