Card Slam

Online compatible : No

Age group : Best played with students aged between 6 and 9

Materials :

  • 10 or more flashcards

Preparation time : The time required to make the flashcards.

Number of players : Ideal for groups but adaptable to single student classes.

Objective : To be the player with the most points.

Instructions :

Place all the flashcards face up on the table. Tell students to put their hands on their head and make sure no-one is leaning forward before calling out the word or phrase of one of the flashcards displayed. Students must race to find that card and touch it. The player that touches the right card first gets a point. After a few rounds count up the points. The player with the most points wins.

*An alternative to this game, which tends to be more popular with older students, is to play with alphabet cards. When the teacher calls out a word, students must find all of the letters that are used in the word. Give students a time limit to find letters (10 seconds is adequate), then give a point for every correct letter found. Points are deducted for any incorrect letters.

For a Christmas party lesson in 2023, we played a further variation of this game. We painted up and sawed targets into an old piece of wood (See photo to the left), after searching and finding the correct foam letters to spell out Chistmas vocabulary, had students attempt to throw those letters, like frisbees, through the slits to win points for their teams.