ESL Number Games

Instructor: Elizabeth Hemmons

Beth has taught early childhood education, including students with special needs, for the past 11 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.

Using number words is a very important part of everyday language and communication. In this lesson, we will introduce fun and engaging number games to play with your ESL students.

ESL Number Games

For ESL (English as a second language) students learning number words can be confusing and boring, but making it fun by using games and hands on activities can make it easier and more engaging. We use number words everyday in communication and numbers are an essential part of the English language. With some of these quick and easy activities, you can reinforce number words and have fun in the classroom!

Bean Bag Toss

Counting is a helpful way to reinforce number words. You can do this activity in many different ways. You can have the students break into pairs of two or sit the class in a circle. Choose a player to pick a number to begin counting at. Begin the counting by tossing the bean bag and shouting out the number. The next person continues the toss by counting on with the next number. Play continues until the teacher chooses a new player to start over. This is a great way to reinforce counting, and it increases hand/eye coordination.

Number Concentration

Create two sets of matching number cards and spread them out on the floor, face down and neatly in rows. Sit the students in a large circle around the cards so that everyone can clearly see the numbers. Take turns having students flip over two numbers to get a match. When they flip over the cards, they must read the number word to the class aloud. Play continues until all the matches have been found. This game requires memory and concentration.

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