New Game: Step in it! (Only for *that* class!)

Disclaimer! Β Please don’t do this game in nice classes. πŸ™‚

It’s a last resort way to try and win round *that* particular class, Β  you’ll know the one Mido means when you read the game! 8)

And don’t worry, I have other suggestions for the classes who don’t want to learn tomorrow!

1. Β Draw a steamy mound of poo poo in the middle of board. Β (Now you know which class you need to use this game with!)

2. Draw 10 steps from it on either side.


3. Put the kids into two groups, each group has a cut out character at one side of the board.

4. Β Ask the kids a review question.

5. Β If they get the question right, they get to move theirΒ opponent’sΒ team one step closer to the poo poo!

6. Β Or they can move their own character one step away from the poo poo if it’s getting a bit smelly!

7. Β First team to land in the poo poo is the loser!

Now you just know at least one class where they are going to love this, and hey, I guess if it gets them into learning English when they otherwise wouldn’t it’s always worth a try!!!

If you give it a try, do let us know what you think in the comments!


Richard Graham

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8 Responses to “New Game: Step in it! (Only for *that* class!)”

  1. Ken

    Thanks.I’ll be using this with my Monday class! πŸ™‚

  2. Wendy

    I definitely have one or two classes with which I could use this game! The kids complain a lot, but love competition and gross things.

    To use the same idea of a game with good classes I will change the poo to a swimming pool or ice cream cone and let them move toward it if they get the question right.

  3. Nena

    This is great…kids love when you do things that are unexpecting and out of the ordinary!

  4. Mark Armstrong

    This is brilliant. You could altar it do the poo is something desirable as well. There’s a lot you could do with it. Good thinking!

  5. Martin Wenzel

    Yeah, I think I will play this tomorrow…actually this would work in ANY of my classes, whether they are trouble-makers or not, because really they are all trouble-makers and like gross things…just to varying degrees. My class tomorrow (Sunday morning at 8:40) is such a handful. The class after that is enthusiastic and love to do English. Then I have a real dud class at 1:00 in the afternoon, down to 5 or 6 students who have basically checked out. Hard to even get them to sing the Genki songs. I really think my last class will appreciate the game. They are conosseiurs (sp) of poop. Thanks for the fun and dirty idea.

  6. Stephen Bartolo

    Awesome idea that can be used with both positive and negative results. I usually do janken hebi, but this is a nice variation to that activity!!!

  7. Martin Wenzel

    It sort of ends of working like this American Football game I devised (though my co-worker did nearly the same thing with Football). Ball starts in the middle of the field, team answers question correctly, gets to throw dice and ball moves that many spots towards their end-zone/goal. If the other team gets the next answer right, they throw the dice, and the ball goes back the other way that many spots. When they reach the end-zone (6 points like in American Football and then I ask an extra-point question to the student throwing the dice). It is really good for controlling the volume and responsiveness of the students during drills and chants, just move the ball away from the goal of the team that needs to pay more attention, be louder and more enthusiastic. They always go crazy and it is an energetic class when we play that game.

  8. Miss Keesa

    We did something similar, except we had a “pool party” (NOT a poo party!)….I drew a swimming pool on the board, and they got to toss the other team’s playing piece into the pool. It may not help with *THAT* class (and, yes, I have *THAT* class this year!) but it’s a slightly “nicer” variation, for those who want to play it with nice kids!

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