Shapes & Colours Game: Board Twister!

Emi wasn’t wanting to do Twister on the floor, so at last month’s ACET meeting (their next one is Sunday, Nov. 18th if you’re in Kyushu and want to get a load of new ideas yourself!)Β Β she introduced this great version of doing Twister on the board.

Emi was planning on using it for the Hi Friends colours & shapes lesson, but of course it works great in any course.

1. Β First of all make sure the kids know their shapes (or Christmas shapes,) colours (or Christmas colours) and left and right.

2. Draw lots of different coloured shapes on the board.

3. Prepare a matching set of mini cards for all the shapes on the board.

4. The kids split into two lines, the commanders and the players.

5. The first commander picks up a mini card and shouts out “Left hand …. “plus the colour and shape of the card they took e.g. Left hand blue square. Β (Or you could just have them pick up two cards, one for the shape, one for the colour.)

6. The first player has to put their left hand on this object.

7. The next commander comes to the front, picks up another card and says “Right hand …” plus the new colour and shape e.g. Right hand pink circle.

8. Β The first player has to put their right hand on this object.

9. Β The next player comes to the front and repeat from step 5 until all the players are on the board!

It actually works out really well even though it’s just on the board!

What do you think? Β MaybeΒ for a Christmas party?

Be genki,


P.S. Β November 18th is also the day I’ll be doing a Genki English workshop in Osaka.Β Details here!

P.P.S. The winner of last month’s commentΒ competitionΒ was … Β Grace! If you’d like to win a Genki English CD Download of your choice (vol. 12 is great you know! πŸ˜‰ ) then keep commenting on the blog and you might be the lucky winner this month.

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9 Responses to “Shapes & Colours Game: Board Twister!”

  1. Adam

    I can’t wait to try this new game. Sounds cool and it will keep my 30 kindergarteners busy.

  2. Margit

    cool idea to play this on the board. Thanks.

    May I add the complete opposite idea (not bigger but smaller! Twister):
    Play it on the desks (or anywhere even on the floor) but in small groups:
    with your fingers instead of hands or feet:
    put your left thumb on the green triangle.
    put your right pointer on the red circle…etc

    The good thing with this (esp. for big ES classes) is that the kids can do it on their own, everyone is playing at the same time, nobody waiting and the teacher gets a rest.

  3. Gumby

    I like this big board variation. Thanks for sharing!

    Here is an idea from the Hi Friends book. (Yes there are a few ideas in there πŸ˜‰ )

    It is a simpler version without the left/right. You say the words and students point to it with any finger they choose. The catch? They cannot remove their finger once they put it on the paper. students twist and turn trying to get in all the words.

    One variation is to say only the first person to touch the item is allowed to keep their finger on it. Eventually even the brightest student is limited in their hand reach, so the slower students have a better chance.

  4. Stephen

    That is such a cool idea, with heaps of variations that can be made to suit the theme! I never considered transplanting a twister sheet to the board. Awesome!!!

  5. Carmen

    This game is fantastic, kids will love it
    Thanks for all these great ideas.
    Carmen from Ecuador

  6. Patricia

    Great idea!!I will definitely use it soon. It’s a fun learning activity to use when the kids are too excited (from staying indoors because of the rain) to concentrate in a book! Thank you

  7. Elizabeth Okafor

    Thank God for your life. Keep on with the good works and ideas.

  8. Grace

    This is GREAT! I kept thinking how a twister game would be perfect for colors, left/right, and hand/foot directions but had no way to make it so this is a great option!

  9. Kathleen Pascual

    It’s such a wonderful game! Thanks Richard for this great idea. πŸ™‚

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