Flashcard Sumo

the video above was taken at a kindergarten in Japan with students aged five to six.

Age group : Best played students aged between 5 and 10

Materials :

  • Crocodile clips for each player

  • Flashcards of the lesson vocabulary

Preparation time : 10 to 15 minutes to prepare the flashcards

Objective : To be the team to score the most points at the end of the game.

Instructions :

Divide the class into teams. Choose 1 or 2 students from each team (depending on how much playing space and time is available). Secretly clip a flashcard to the backs of the chosen students, and have teams stand opposite each other in the playing space. When the teacher says start, players must maneuver so that they are able to see the flashcard attached to their opponents back. During play, students must keep their hands behind their backs until they know what card it is, then raise their hand. If the student with their hand up can correctly identify the vocabulary of their opponents flashcard they win a point for their team. After all students have played, count the points. The winner is the team with the most points.

Rather than having the non-participating students standing around with their tails between their legs, teachers may wish to teach the students who have not been chosen language to show support, such as “You can go it!”