ESL Preschool Games for Kindergarten

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How to use these Kindergarten Games

First choose an English topic from theย curriculum page, then a game from this page to practise it. ย It’s usually best to start at the beginning, but you could also tryย left & right,ย greetings,ย feelings, orย colours. Remember, just playing a game is no good, there should always be some target English behind it.

Just about all theย themesย work great in kindergarten. Even conceptually difficult ones like “countries” or “telling the time” work great. ย  90% of the others work even better in kindergarten than they do in elementary school!

Many of the games on the main “Games Page” work very well in kindergarten, and indeed many of them were first developed there.

The ideas on this page have been specially selected for use with younger beginners. But here are a few tips to help you out:

Vary, vary, vary:ย Every class and every child is different, change the class to meet the needs of the kids

If at first you don’t succeed:ย All these games work great in Kindergarten, that’s the only criteria for them being selected. But if at first you don’t succeed, change it a bit and try it next time!

Keep it short: Don’t plan a 20 minute game. If kids are wondering off, let them! Keep going with the kids that are interested and the others may come back.

Under control:ย If the kids start getting out of control, well they’re kids so don’t expect them to sit still! But if you want to tire them out a bit, then do lots of “stand ups”, “jumps” etc. see theย Warm Up Game

Fun Colours:ย Use brightย picture cardsย to teach words. Don’t use writing, the kids probably don’t know the alphabet in their native language.

Get them talking: Don’t make the mistake of starting with “ABCs”, they’ll be bored as anything and it’s not going to help them communicate.

Can’t rememberย : Don’t expect the kids to remember all the words, just keep going. Howeverย songsย really do help, the best ever Genki English show was at a kindergarten!.

Take a break! Teaching kindergarten is fun, but it’s the most tiring teaching you’ll ever do! Take breaks!

It’s all worth it:ย Sometimes you may think you are getting nowhere with millions of kids screaming and running around and seemingly learning nothing. But experience shows that starting languages in kindergarten gives the kids an unbelievable advantage later on!

Smile and Be Genki!ย Above all, enjoy it!

You might also want to have a look at our new series of Japan books and videos for kids aged 0-6, called

Or theย Baby Sign Song!
Baby Sign Language

Or the main Genki English Teacher’s Pack.
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Teacher’s Pack