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Question:  I have an open day coming up for parents at my language school to sell our summer vacation English camps.  We will be giving a demonstration class and I would like parents to be involved.  How can I include parents in a game?

 

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Answer:
You could play the egg and spoon game with the parents and kids together.  Mix up the parents and children though otherwise the parents will probably win!  The egg and spoon race is from the preschool games book and has teams running to the vocabulary you name, or answering a question in English before running with the egg and spoon.

 

If you want to show something more serious then play a quiz where participants answer all types of questions from vocabulary, to easy questions like: What’s your name? Where do you live?  What colour is this?  Do you like fish? This is basically a giant revision quiz of themes you have been teaching all year.  Parents can be on one team and kids on the other.  Make sure the children win, but it can be close!

 

Here is the egg and spoon race taken from my preschool games book:

You will need either potatoes or boiled eggs and spoons for each team/person.

Play the classic egg and spoon party game where children race from point A to point B balancing a boiled egg on a spoon. I suggest using potatoes instead of eggs and possibly serving spoons to make it easier. Show the children how to hold the whole handle of the spoon in the middle rather than holding it at the end, as it is a lot easier to balance the potato that way. There is no need to race; completion is the aim. The 5 year old children might enjoy it as a race. If you have too many children to send them all at once, send them in batches.

Step One: Listening

For listening and learning new vocabulary lay out pictures and tell each batch of children or each child if they are going individually, to go to a certain picture, or two or three pictures, before returning back over the start line. The aim is for the child to complete the course without dropping the potato, and also to go to the correct pictures.

 Step Two: Speaking

For speaking, the children must go to the picture at the end, jump on it three times without dropping the potato, while naming it (once on each jump) and return. Swap the pictures around or put out new ones between goes to make it more demanding.

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