Thursday, 14 April 2016

A Fruity Game {Free Printable}

I’ve created this game to teach children basic food vocabulary in English. It’s suitable to be played as a memory game (please read the instructions below) or as a matching game. It’s a great way to review basic vocabulary in English (with very young kids or EFL/ESL learners).

First of all, I’ll start by explaining the rules of the memory game, for those of you who forgot them. The goal of the game is to collect the most matching pairs (a pair = a fruit + its shadow). You’ll need to print the game variant that you prefer – with or without frames. The game can be played by 2 or more players, but with very young kids it’s better to have a pair or a small group, because they easily lose their patience. Shuffle the cards, then place them face down on the floor or on the table (in rows, making a rectangular shape). The first player chooses two cards and if these are a pair, he takes it and gets another turn. If they’re not a pair, it’s the next player’s turn. The game ends when there are no more cards.

If you feel that the memory game is too difficult for your kids, you can either choose less pairs, so they can keep track of what they saw, or play with the cards face up.

I suggest printing the flash cards on thicker paper (or colored paper), so you can’t see the pictures when they are face down. If the thick paper often gets stuck in your printer, try using flash card pouches / pockets from any board game store. They have plenty of sizes and colours to choose from.

I’ve also included a worksheet, so that the children can work individually on a similar task.

Have fun playing the games! :)

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