Hungry Dinosaurs Game!

What did you do?” is one of the most popular questions teachers ask students after the holidays.

And “What did you do at school today?” is also one of the most popular questions kids’ hear from parents!

So what better to way to start the week than with the “Baby Dinosaur, what did you do?” lesson.

You can find the mp3, flashcards, picture book etc. over on the main pageΒ and then pop back here to try the “Hungry Dinosaurs” game!

Minimum 4 students up to over 100, and of course you can change it to be for any English you like!

1. Print out enough minicards for one card per student.
2. Cut out one piece of double sided tape for each student.
3. Give each student a mini card and a piece of double sided tape.
4. They tape the minicard onto their shirt.

The Game

5. Whilst mingling around, everyone sings the chorus of the song “Hey Baby Dinosaur, what did you do?”

6. When they’ve finished the chorus you say “sorry?”

7. They ask you the question again in a big voice! You say “sorry?” again and get them to say it even louder!
(This gets even the shiest kids joining in!)

8. Then you say one answer from the song.

9. The students who have this answer on their shirts rush and tag as many of the other students as they can!

9. Whilst they are doing this all the other students try to rush & sit back down in their seats. Once they are sat down, they are safe, but if they are tagged, they are eaten!

10. Repeat from step 5.

Now… what verbs should we include for the “What did you so at school today?” remix? Β Remember, less is always more so please do add your suggestions into the comments!

Richard Graham

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7 Responses to “Hungry Dinosaurs Game!”

  1. Margit

    Great game and easy to make different variations, depending on numbers of kids. Thanks!

    (I’m still waiting for the images to come out, though. Want to teach the stuff with the new software to make it more fun.)

    Now a great on “What did you do at school today?”
    My kids answer e.g:

    I jumped rope.
    We played tag.
    I talked to my friends.
    I had a fight with my friends.
    (this is always one of the first things kids say, when they are coming directly from school. I think it is good if they just can express it and let it out, to go on then.)
    I went to the library.
    I went to the nurse room.
    We played the recorder.
    I painted a picture.

    I think these are eight. Like the idea that it might include school rooms.

  2. richard

    Thanks Margit!

    What do you think about mixing the regular and irregular verbs? Is it OK? Or best to keep them separate from a teaching point of view?

  3. Margit

    I think it is cool to have both. If you do only “ed” they are having a hard time when the irregulars appear.
    If you have only irregulars it is a pity to avoid the easy ones.
    And, well: GE teaches the natural way!

  4. Roy Melling

    Very nice..I’m sure I’ll be using this sometime this year.

  5. Ivonne

    When I ask the question to my daughter (4), she always replies “I forgot it!” … %->

  6. Anna

    …trying to adapt the song to a group of young businessmen…

    Hey, dear uncle! What did you do?
    Hey, dear uncle! What did you do?

    I wrote, I read, I learned, I taught,
    I spoke, I told, I flew abroad.

    Hey, dear cousin! What did you do?
    Hey, dear cousin! What did you do?

    I swam, I ran, I bought a plane,
    I came back home and left again.

    Hey, dear mother! What did you do?
    Hey, dear mother! What did you do?

    I cleaned, I washed, I lost my rest,
    I cooked all night and did my best.

    Hey, dear nephew! What did you do?
    Hey, dear nephew! What did you do?

    I ate, I drank, I never thought,
    I fell in love and then forgot.

    Is this “English” acceptable?
    …Richard, you are so inspiring! Thanks a lot. An awful lot πŸ™‚

  7. Richard

    Hi Anna, the English looks great – not sure modern mothers would be too keen on those phrases though! πŸ™‚

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