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Welcome to my Game Corner. Here I introduce a game for you to use in your classes to help make English come alive.

December 01, 2005

Hedbanz for Kids

hedbanz.jpgHedbanz Directions: Get ready! The fun is about to begin!

Hedbanz for Kids is a great, interactive EFL game for Japanese students of all ages. It is also ideal for young-at-heart native English speakers. In short, it is a fun game for English classes at school and family and friends at home.

2-6 players can play.

Suggested Rules for EFL Learners:

1. Before playing, the teacher or leader should divide the cards into the following three sections:

Animals:

butterfly
cat
cow
duck
elephant
fish
fly
giraffe

goat
lion
mouse
orangutan
puppy
parrot
pig
pigeon

rhino
shark
sheep
snail
snake
turkey
wasp
worm

Food:

apple
bacon
beans
cake
chicken
chocolate
corn flakes

french fries
hamburger
ice cream
ketchup
milk
orange
peas

potato
rice
spinach
sandwich
sausage
spaghetti
tomato

Things:

bed
bike
car
cup
chair
drawers
fence

hammer
hat
ladder
light bulb
money
pencil
pillow

pitcher
shoe
sock
spoon
table
toaster
t-shirt


2. Each player puts on a headband, and the teacher or leader places a card in each player's headband.

3. All the players look at each other's cards, which, because they are perched on top of everyone's head, usually stirs giggles from each player.

4. The teacher or leader picks up the timer, turns it over and says, "Go!"

5. The first player starts asking YES or NO questions. For example,

"Am I an animal?
Am I a thing?
Am I a food?
Am I sweet?
Am I red?
Am I a fruit?
Am I a vegetable?"

The player asks these questions until he/she guesses the answer or the timer goes out.

6. If the student guesses the card before the timer goes out, the leader inserts another card into the player's headband, and the player starts asking questions again until the timer goes out. If the timer goes out, the player keeps the same card and the next player goes.

7. The game continues like this for 10-15 minutes. At the end of the game, the student with the most cards wins.

*If and when the player is stumped, the other players can give a hint. This is acceptable as long as it is done in English.

Hedbanz is FUN for everyone!

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