Target English: Body Parts, Numbers, Colours
After you have taught the song"Heads and
Shoulders" (Heads and shoulders knees and toes,
knees and toes etc.) or the Body
Building Game and the colours then try this game.
Each child has a blank piece of paper and lots of
colouring pens. You then describe a monster that the kids
have to draw. For example you say "This Monster has
3 RED HEADS" then perhaps "This Monster has 5
It calms the kids down! If some of them don't seem so
keen then tell them they are designing a new Pocket
Monster!!! They'll be interested then!!!!
1. This Monster has 2 blue heads
2. This Monster has 1 red head.
3. This Monster has 8 purple eyes.
4. This Monster has 3 green mouths.
5. This Monster has yellow hair
6. This Monster has 4 red arms.
This kids come up with some pretty funky designs!!
To make this class more advanced try introducing shapes (triangle, square
etc.) and getting students to draw their monsters using these shapes. How
about a square head? Or star mouth?
by Muriah Summer
I played a variation of this game with 2nd graders that worked really well.
Instead of me calling out what they should draw, I made three piles of
cards- numbers, colors, and body parts- and had a volunteer student come up to the front to draw cards and tell
the class what they should draw. I found that the students really wanted
to volunteer to be the speaker, so much that I had them play rock, paper, scissors for it. And the students who didn't feel comfortable speaking still had
a good time with the drawing part of the game. I'd recommend it for 2nd
grade and above- my 1st graders wouldn't be up to it, I don't think.
I run a French club for Early Years children at a primary school in England.
We have 25 children between the ages of 4.5 years and 6 years. This was
a huge success - the children loved drawing their monsters. We used numbered
dice to determine the many body parts & colour dice to choose the colour.
We're looking forward to trying out some of the other games! Thanks for all the great ideas!
I teach at a primary school in Beijing, and my 2nd and 3rd graders love this game! I split them into 5 teams and each team had a space on the board. The first student on each team drew the monster's head, the next student drew his body, the next drew his arms, etc etc. Then we voted on which team's monster was the best.
his can also work as a "mystery monster" activity. Fold A4 paper into 3 sections so that there is a seperate, hidden section for the head, body/arms and legs.
Have each student start by following your description of the head - "The monster has 3 big, green eyes" etc. Then get the students to fold over their drawings and pass the paper to a friend. Next repeat with the body and then the legs.
My students always get giggles from the way their monster turns out and it is a good way to encourage team work.
You will have to mark, on the fold lines, where each section should begin/end, and the younger ones will need help folding the paper.
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