For ESL feelings and emotions activity students are going to create expressions of family faces using yarns and play-doh. The activity has lots of fun and it is very engaging for kids under 12 years old. Using ESL feelings and emotions, not only learn and review feelings vocabulary but also family vocabulary as well as learning simple third-person grammars. As much as this game is enjoyable, it requires preparation which is not hard at all so check out How to Prepare for ESL Feelings and Emotions activity. The good thing is after preparing once you can use it for many times or even forever).
bring in the family emotion boards to the class. After introducing family members and teaching feelings vocabulary, create groups of three. Now announce to the class that each board has either pipe cleaner or Play-Doh and they can’t take either of these do another board. This way every student gets a chance to play with both. Also, make sure there are short pipe cleaners for eyebrows as well. If pipe cleaners are too sharp add some blu-tac to each end.
Now give each team one board. and now students add mouth and eyebrows to the face for creating different expressions.
Here comes the challenge; It is time for groups to move to another board and start writing or saying out the sentence with the feelings they see on each face. For example group A has the board A but now they switch to board B and there are mom, dad and baby on the image so they will read loudly (and write if they can) mom is happy, dad is surprised, the baby is scared.
After writing and reading sentences they need to create a new expression for each face on the new board then switch. Continue the ESL feelings and emotions activity as long as they enjoy
This is a suitable ESL and EFL activity for students under 12 years old. Not only practicing English, playing with yarns, pipe cleaners and Play-Doh help kids under 5 years old to have better fine motor skills.
Play the ESL activity with any class size. In large classes create groups of six and assign the other three to write down the words then they can switch when the group moves to another board.
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