Tag: I want



What do you want now? Let me have a rummage! This game taps into the basic human instinct of sifting though junk to find something you want. It's active and hands-on, perfect for keeping younger learners engaged with the language


Number of learners:  Any

Time:  10 minutes

Student type: aged 6-9, aged 9-12,

Type: active game

Materials: Plastic food, box, blindfold

Language: countable and uncountable nouns, I want

Why play this game?

  • Fun and active so will keep your students interested.
  • Ensures student on student action.

How to play

  • Preparation- Gather a variety of countable and uncountable food in a box and clear a running track from one side of the room to the other.
  • Teach the grammar for ‘I want’ with countable and uncountable nouns (e.g. I want some milk, I want an orange) Model some sentences until you are confident your learners your learners know the difference between the two.
  • Elicit the names of some of the plastic food you have and place in the big box.
  • Elicit an ‘I want some’ or ‘I want an’ sentence from one of the learners and then demonstrate the game by running from one side of the room to the box and rummaging for the relevant item.
  • Run back to the student and hand over the plastic food.
  • Set up a race by placing the learners into two teams. Say a sentence and get the first two learners to race each other to find the item. The first team to hand you the food you asked for gets a point.
  • Swap the role of calling out the ‘I want’ sentence between students
  • To add a different twist, you could sit the students down and place the box on the table. Blindfold the students and then they have to use touch alone to identify the correct food



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