Tag: Animals

Talking animals

Talking animals

Practicing language with a teacher can be a very scary for some very young learners, however an animal is much less threatening. Take turns practicing basic language questions, by role playing with plastic animal characters. Since all the learners and the teacher are animals, some very young learners respond much better!


Number of learners:  1+

Time:  5 minutes

Student type: Kindergarten

Type: Active game,

Materials: A range of plastic animals (or other characters) plastic numbers (or number cards). 

Language: What’s your name? My name is tiger. How old are you? I’m 7. How are you? I’m fine, thank you..



Why play this game?

  • Fun
  • Good for shy learners, who are nervous around the teacher
  • Learners can master basic questions
  • Quick game

How to play

  • Preparation- Sit your young learners at a table and drill the animals and the numbers.
  • Place animals on the table, if the young learners try to touch the animals, give them a swift ‘No’ and make a cross with your hands.
  • Ask the learners what the animals are, once you feel the learners know the animals, place a plastic number next to each animal and drill it.
  • Demo the game by touching every animal and saying its name ‘My name’s Lion’. Point to each number and say ‘I’m 5’. Pick up an animal and say ‘I’m fine, thank you’ Do this a few times for each animal.
  • Practice the game by pointing to an animal and asking ‘What’s your name? How old are you? and how are you?’. Ask learner for answers.
  • Demo the game once more, this time as a dialogue between two animals, for ‘example ‘What’s your name? My name is Zebra’. Practice asking the questions as a group.
  • Once you feel learners are confident allow learners to pick an animal and practice the language. Monitor the learners so they don’t become distracted.
  • This game be modified by adding more questions, for example ‘Elephant, do you like bananas? No, I don’t’. You can also use bigger numbers such as 14, 45 or 100 to give learners more of a challenge.


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