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The Balloon Passing Game

Author: Lynn Kernan
level : Elementary
target_English : Any conversation
big_small : Small Groups

Split the class into rows of around ten people. Give each team a coloured balloon and name teams after their balloon colour. The first person in each row has the balloon between their knees. Then they start a short English conversation, i.e "Hello, What`s your name?" and the second person answers, i.e "Hello my name is Asuka." When the conversation is over, they pass the balloon to the next person between their knees. The winning team are the first to finish.
If the balloon is dropped it goes back two places and they must redo the conversation. If the kids pass without talking try getting them to shout the words they usually enjoy this better!

Lynn Kernan


Readers' Comments

I didn`t have any balloons to hand but really fancied trying this so I swopped them for the dodgeballs you have at most elementary schools. Instead of passing with the knees I turned it into an old basketball drill. You have to pass the pall round your waist three times before you can pass it onto the next person in the line. It gets the energy levels really high. Humphrey



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