Toss the Ball
A quick game that be used for the learning of names, spelling or as a warm up. A fun opener for a new semester.
What is learnt?
Prepositions of movement
How the game is played:
- The whole group stands in a big circle (among fixed benches if necessary). Throw the ball and say your name. If people already know all the names turn it into a spelling exercise: P-A-U-L.
- Tell the students to throw the ball and say their name and the name of the person being thrown to, e.g. 'From Paul to Ahmed'. As he catches the ball Ahmed says: 'From Paul to me'.
- In successive rounds try these prepositional patterns:
- From A to B for X (On catching the ball, B says: 'From A to me for X'. On catching the ball, X says: 'From A to B for me'.)
- From A to B via X
- From A to B behind X's back
- From A to B across the floor (rolling the ball)
- From A to B round the circle (handing the ball from person to person)
- From A to B clockwise/anti-clockwise round the circle
- From A to B over X's head
Acknowledgments: Thanks to Graham.J.B. for submitting this game to us.
Other Languages - Learning Resources
- Learn Chinese (Mandarin)
- Cantonese (Coming Soon)
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