EAL Support Games
You have been given picture cards by class to help your child to quickly learn key English words. Here are some games you can play with them.
Each player takes a picture board. Each player takes a picture card in turn and says its name out loud. If a player finds that tile on their picture board they get to keep that tile and place it on their board. The first player to fill their picture board wins.
Place one of each card face up in front of you. Child names each picture out loud. Child closes eyes whilst one card is removed. Child opens eyes and says which card is missing.
Play in pairs. Child A turns all their cards face down and asks e.g. Where’s the car? Child B points to a card and guesses Here! Child A turns the card over and says Yes, you’re right! if it is the car, or No, this isn’t the car! As soon as Child B guesses correctly and the car is found, they have the next turn.
Arrange the cards
Play with a screen e.g. an open book between them. Child A lays their cards in a row and then gives instructions e.g. cheese, biscuit, chicken etc. to their partner to order their cards in the same way. At the end children check that their cards are in the same order and then change roles.
Each child puts their cards face down in a pile. They turn over their cards at the same time and say e.g. I can see the … mouse! As soon as they have a picture the same, they say Hooray! and take that pair of cards out of the game. The game ends when there are no more cards left.
I can see …!
Child A holds up a book with one of the picture cards behind it. Child A says Look! and gradually moves the card up. As soon as Child B recognises the picture, they say e.g. I can see the … robot! After three turns, the children change roles.
Can I have …?
Children play in pairs. They each choose three cards from a set of picture cards and hold them in a fan so their partner can’t see the pictures. Child A asks e.g. Can I have the lion, please? If Child B doesn’t have the card of the lion, they say No. Sorry. If they do have the card of the lion, they say Here you are and give it to Child A, who says Thank you. Child B then has the next turn asking a question. The game ends when the children have discovered all each other’s cards.
Place the picture cards face down Play any music and everyone dances, Pause the music. Children with the picture cards hold them up and name what’s on their card in turn. Everyone claps and says e.g. Fantastic!
First one to touch …!
Lay out their set of cards face up on their desks. Child A says e.g. (First one to touch the) … strawberry! Demonstrate that the children should touch the correct card as fast as they can and say Me! After three turns another child has a turn at being the leader.
Children play pairs. Each child puts their cards face down in a pile. They turn over their cards one at a time at the same time and say the words e.g. Giraffe! If they have the same picture, the child who says the word followed by Snap! first keeps the cards. The child with most cards at the end of the game is the winner.
Lay cards face down in a row. Child A points to Child B’s first card, pretends to wave a wand and says e.g. Abracadabra! It’s the butterfly! Child B turns over the card. If it’s the butterfly, they say Yes! and leave the card face up. If it isn’t the butterfly, they should say No! and leave the card face down. Child B then has the next turn.
Children play in pairs. Children lay out two sets of picture cards in random order face down on the desk. Child A turns over one of the cards and names what’s in the picture e.g. Ball! They then turn over another card and repeat the procedure. If the two cards are the same, Child A keeps them. If they are not the same, Child A puts them back face down exactly where they were. Child B then has the next turn. The child with most cards at the end of the game is the winner.