Let’s bring our ESL nature & ESL animal lesson plan to the next level of entertainment using Play Doh and some animal props. Get some green, blue and (if you wanna make trees) brown Play Doh before class. You can always make your own which is very cost effective and cleaner to touch. Check out this Play Doh recipe for more information. In addition, have your small animal props ready as well.
First, Elicit the vocabularies related to ESL nature and ESL animals, demonstrate how to create ocean using blue, and land (or jungle) using brown or green Play Doh. Have students create their own land and ocean for tactile development.
After a minute or two let them put all the ocean in one side and land or jungle to the other side. Now demonstrate the game by choosing an animal using “I like whales” and continue by asking “where do whales live?”. Then place the whale on an ocean tile saying “whales live in the ocean”.
Let everybody get a chance to play with the props of ESL animals
This can be a group activity if there are enough animal props for everyone. If not, have a few students try the ESL activity together. Regardless, the game suits any class sizes
This activity is suitable for students under 12 years old especially for 2 years old. Teaching ESL nature and animals to kids, this game is a great choice. They always enjoy tactile activities. Rather than just creating some tiles separately, older kids can build something together. According to their English level, it includes building of a large mountain, Antarctica, long river or etc.
Check out our archive of ESL games if you’re looking for other activities related to ESL nature or ESL animals. We’d love to hear from you in the comment section how you liked this Play Doh activity.