An easy way to teach prepositions

An easy way to teach prepositions

ESL Nerf Challenge: Shoot and Learn

Sometimes, small ESL classes or one-on-one lessons can feel intimidating for kids. Imagine a grown-up speaking to them in a language they barely know! It's essential to have an exciting activity that gets everyone comfortable and talking. Enter the Nerf gun challenge!

Nerf guns are fun. When combined with language learning, they become a fantastic tool. In this game, students get to practice simple sentences and understand prepositions better.

For example:

Student 1: "The toy is behind the table."

Student 2: "Oh! It's the elephant."

Student 1: "Now, it's next to the elephant."

Student 2: "Got it! It's a chair."

For this game, you'll need a Nerf gun with foam darts and various random objects or toys. If you can, use toys related to what you've been teaching - it gives an extra vocabulary boost! This game is perfect for kids between 5 and 12 years old. It's especially good for one-on-one lessons or small groups of up to 4 students.

Here's the fun part:

Start by setting up a table and placing toys on it. Student 1 picks a location for a toy, like "on the table". Student 2 then tries to name the toy in that location. If they get it right, they get to shoot at the toy with the Nerf gun. If they hit the target, they get the toy as a point. The game continues until there are no toys left on the table. The student with the most toys at the end wins!

It's a fun way to practice language and have some friendly competition. And who knows, maybe you'll come up with even more cool ways to use Nerf guns in your lessons!

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