Crash Janken

The video above was taken at a kindergarten in Japan with a class of 14 children aged 5 to 6.

Online compatible : No.

Age group : Best played with students aged between 5 and 8

Materials :

  • 10 or more flashcards

Preparation time : The time required to make the flashcards

Number of players : Works equally well in large groups as in private classes

Objective : Be the team with the most points scored

Instructions :

This game can be played with a small or large group. The instructional video above was played with a larger class of 14 students. The lesson was conducted in a large playing area, so rather than a horseshoe-shaped card trail the cards were arranged in a line from one side of the room to the other. With a smaller group in a smaller playing area, arrange your cards in the form of a horseshoe on the playing surface, with an equal number of cards on each side. Split your class into two teams and line them up on each side of the horseshoe. Have one player from each team place their hand on the first card on their side of the horseshoe. Players of both teams must speak the target phrase relevant to the card they are touching before moving to the next card in the horseshoe. This continues until the students meet on the same card. At this point students play rock, paper, scissors (Janken in Japanese). The winner of this may continue moving along the flashcards, while the loser must go to the back of their team’s line, with a new player beginning once again at the initial card. The process continues with each team vying to reach the oppositions starting card. When this happens that team scores a point.

When a point is scored all teams return to their first card and the game begins once more. When the game has run its course count the scores. The team with the highest score wins.