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Create-a-Country!

author:  Jordan Svien
level:  Elementary
target_English:  Where are you from?
big_small:  Small Groups


This is an activity that lets your kids show off their creativity and use new English at the same time.  After teaching your kids "Where are you from?" "I am from .... !" and going over various country flags with them, you can give them a chance to make up their own country! 

Kids love to draw, so give them a bunch of pens and their own A4 blank paper and let them create their own country flag.  Then have them write their new country's name on the bottom (in English or in Japanese for little kids).  The kids will come up with all sorts of goofy names, and one of my kids was showing off her new country "Dansu Pajan." 

Once they've finished naming and coloring their flags, have them stand up and say "Hello, my name is ________I am from ________ (their new country name)!"  For older kids, you could also add "My colors are ________ and ________!"  telling what colors they used to color their country's flag.

My kids really enjoyed getting to draw and use English together.  It gives them an alternative to the standard "I am from Japan" line and lets them pretend they are from another corner of the world.  I hope you find this useful!

Best wishes,

Jordan Svien









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