EFL Advent Calendar – 12th December


Christmas Tree Games – 12th December

Good morning everyone! Today’s post is a little late, but certainly not forgotten. I’d like to share two great Christmas tree games for young learners that I found on Eslkidz.com. There are a couple of small mistakes (‘role’ rather than ‘roll’ and telling you to use 2 dice but including numbers up to 16!) but I think the games are great, so either use correction fluid to get rid of it or ask your kids to spot the mistake! 

Christmas Tree Decoration Game

Christmas Tree Decoration Game will let your students practice some basic Christmas decoration vocabulary, as well as practising turn-taking and other boardgame associated vocabulary (eg. dice, roll, number vocabulary). 

You’ll need a copy of the Christmas tree board per student, a copy of the decorations cards per student, and a copy of the ‘Rules’ card per group of 4 or 5 students.

Ask the students to work in groups of 4 or 5. Give each group the Christmas tree cards each, and put a copy of the ‘Rules’ card and the decorations cards in the middle of the group.

The game itself is played like ‘beetle’. Each student must roll a 6 to start. 

Once a student has rolled a 6, they must roll the dice each turn. When they roll a number, they can take that particular decoration for their tree (eg. if they roll a 3, they can take a candy cane). If they already have a particular card, the turn passes to the next player. 

The winner is the student who is the first to collect all six decorations for their tree. 

Roll and Cover

Roll and Cover  is a game to practice numbers (with options to practise basic numeracy skills). The PDF contains three different variations on the game.

Game 1 (page 2 and 4 of the PDF):

This game is a bit like a cross between ‘Beetle’ and ‘Bingo’ –  rather than choosing numbers at random or pulling numbers from a bag, the students take it in turns to roll three dice. The students must add the numbers together to find out what number they need to cover/mark off on their board. Again, the first student to cross off all their numbers is the winner. 

Game 2 (page 3 and 5): 

This game is played in the same way as game 1, but with the students writing their own numbers. Take care when monitoring and check that all the numbers written are viable possibilities (between 2 and 18 if three dice are being used!). You could also play the game more like traditional Bingo and remove the dice rolling element. 



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