6 ESL Bomb Games: Holidays Version

6 ESL Bomb Games: Holidays Version

Time and time again even the most experienced teacher ends up with that 5 or 10 minutes of leftover time at the end of the class. For myself, that's where bomb games come into play. They are excellent ESL games to learn which you can effectively use for the review period at the end of your lesson as well as for warm-up activities at the beginning of your class.

As for myself (Hal), time management in the classroom is not an exact science and ESL activities vary in length depending on day to day play. I asked myself 'what are the trickiest classes as far as time management', and the answer I came up with was: HOLIDAYS. Holiday classes almost always come with a twist or turn as we only teach them once a year. With this in mind, I've put together this blog resource which features ESL bomb games for all of the big holidays.

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1. Christmas Bomb Game (Click above to download)

This is an ESL game made especially for Christmas. It features Christmas vocabulary as well as Christmas tongue twisters.

Directions:

Goal: The goal of this game is to win by collecting the most points, or to collect as many points as possible.
 
Step # 1:  (prep) Print and laminate all the cards. Place them all face down on a table or upon a whiteboard in a grid-like fashion. Print and laminate the cue cards (you and/or the students may use this a reference for forming questions/answers when playing the bomb game.
 
Step # 2:  (prep) Choose whether to organize students into teams or allow them to play without forming teams. Have them sit around a table or in front of a whiteboard.
 
Step # 3: (explaining the game) Explain to the students that they may earn random amounts of points, swap/change points, get a bomb and lose all their points, or become invincible to the bomb card, depending on the card they pick up. Additionally, in this Christmas game variation students may complete the take of pronouncing the 'tongue twister' located in the upper right corner to earn an additional point by speaking it three times quickly.
 
Step # 4: (starting/playing the game)
 
Version # 1: The player to the teacher’s left may start by picking up a card. The student should make a sentence with the vocabulary word given on the card (the teacher may make use one of the cue cards/cue cards provided in order to aid the students in making sentences), or complete another task regarding the target language/vocabulary word according to the teacher's discretion. That student may then earn the reward outlined on the card. If they complete the 'tongue twister' task given in the upper right corner they may earn an additional point; if they cannot they may still keep the card and reward outlined on the card without an additional point. If they are unable to complete the target language task given by the teacher they must return the card without receiving the point or benefit of the card (if it is a bomb card they will lose all their points regardless). The teacher may end the game when a bomb card is drawn or reshuffle the cards and continue the game without the student or team who got the bomb card (or with that/student team starting over again at zero).
 
Version # 2: (for lower-level students) the students and teacher may ignore the additional task given in the upper right corner.

2. Thanksgiving Bomb Game (Click above to download)

This is an ESL game made especially for Thanksgiving. It features Thanksgiving vocabulary as well as a task for collecting fruits and vegetables for a cornucopia.

Goal: The goal of this game is to win by collecting the most points, or to collect as many points as possible.
 
Step # 1:  (prep) Print and laminate all the cards. Place them all face down on a table or upon a whiteboard in a grid-like fashion. Print and laminate the cue cards (you and/or the students may use this a reference for forming questions/answers when playing the bomb game.
 
Step # 2:  (prep) Choose whether to organize students into teams or allow them to play without forming teams. Have them sit around a table or in front of a whiteboard.
 
Step # 3: (explaining the game) Explain to the students that they may earn random amounts of points, swap/change points, get a bomb and lose all their points, or become invincible to the bomb card, depending on the card they pick up. Additionally, in this Thanksgiving Day variation students may complete the take of filling their cornucopia which is described in the upper right corner to earn an additional point. After collecting a cornucopia card they may begin collecting fruit or vegetable cards. If a student is able to collect six fruits and/or vegetables before hitting a bomb (empty plate card) they win the game. They may not begin collecting fruits or vegetables until they get a cornucopia card, and must return the card. (The teacher may print additional fruit or vegetable cards if needed.)
 
Step # 4: (starting/playing the game)
 
Version # 1: The player to the teacher’s left may start by picking up a card. The student should make a sentence with the vocabulary word given on the card (the teacher may make use one of the cue cards/cue cards provided in order to aid the students in making sentences), or complete another task regarding the target language/vocabulary word according to the teacher's discretion. That student may then earn the reward outlined on the card. If they complete the 'cornucopia' task given in the upper right corner they win the game. If they are unable to complete the target language task given by the teacher they must return the card without receiving the point or benefit of the card (if it is a bomb card they will lose all their points regardless).
 
Version # 2: (for lower-level students) the students and teacher may ignore the additional task given in the upper right corner.

3. New Year's Day Bomb Game (Click above to download)

This is an ESL game made especially for New Year's Day. It features New Year's Day vocabulary as well as a matching vocabulary task.

Goal: The goal of this game is to win by collecting the most points, or to collect as many points as possible.
 
Step # 1:  (prep) Print and laminate all the cards. Place them all face down on a table or upon a whiteboard in a grid-like fashion. Print and laminate the cue cards (you and/or the students may use this a reference for forming questions/answers when playing the bomb game.
 
Step # 2:  (prep) Choose whether to organize students into teams or allow them to play without forming teams. Have them sit around a table or in front of a whiteboard.
 
Step # 3: (explaining the game) Explain to the students that they may earn random amounts of points, swap/change points, get a bomb and lose all their points, or become invincible to the bomb card, depending on the card they pick up. Additionally, in this Valentine's Day variation students may complete the take of 'find 2' or 'find 4' task located in the upper right corner to earn an additional point by 'finding 2' or '4' of the same vocabulary words. When 'finding 4' they may continue choosing cards until they find 4 new year's resolution cards or until they choose a card that is not a new year's resolution card in which case they must turn back over all the cards without collecting them or points. When 'finding 2' they get to attempt to find a matching vocabulary card by choosing one more card.
 
Step # 4: (starting/playing the game)
 
Version # 1: The player to the teacher’s left may start by picking up a card. The student should make a sentence with the vocabulary word given on the card (the teacher may make use one of the cue cards/cue cards provided in order to aid the students in making sentences), or complete another task regarding the target language/vocabulary word according to the teacher's discretion. That student may then earn the reward outlined on the card. If they complete the 'find 2' or 'find 4' task given in the upper right corner they may earn an additional point; if they cannot they may still keep the card and reward outlined on the card without an additional point. If they are unable to complete the target language task given by the teacher they must return the card without receiving the point or benefit of the card (if it is a bomb card they will lose all their points regardless). The teacher may end the game when a bomb card is drawn or reshuffle the cards and continue the game without the student or team who got the bomb card (or with that/student team starting over again at zero).


 Version # 2: (for lower-level students) the students and teacher may ignore the additional task given in the upper right corner.

4.  Valentine's Day Bomb Game (Click above to download)

This is an ESL game made especially for Valentine's Day. It features Valentine's Day vocabulary as well as a brainstorming activity naming multiple items within the same category.

Goal: The goal of this game is to win by collecting the most points, or to collect as many points as possible.
 
Step # 1:  (prep) Print and laminate all the cards. Place them all face down on a table or upon a whiteboard in a grid-like fashion. Print and laminate the cue cards (you and/or the students may use this a reference for forming questions/answers when playing the bomb game.
 
Step # 2:  (prep) Choose whether to organize students into teams or allow them to play without forming teams. Have them sit around a table or in front of a whiteboard.
 
Step # 3: (explaining the game) Explain to the students that they may earn random amounts of points, swap/change points, get a bomb and lose all their points, or become invincible to the bomb card, depending on the card they pick up. Additionally, in this Valentine's Day variation students may complete the take of 'naming three items' located in the upper right corner to earn an additional point.
 
Step # 4: (starting/playing the game)
 
Version # 1: The player to the teacher’s left may start by picking up a card. The student should make a sentence with the vocabulary word given on the card (the teacher may make use one of the cue cards/cue cards provided in order to aid the students in making sentences), or complete another task regarding the target language/vocabulary word according to the teacher's discretion. That student may then earn the reward outlined on the card. If they complete the 'name three items' task given in the upper right corner they may earn an additional point; if they cannot they may still keep the card and reward outlined on the card without an additional point. If they are unable to complete the target language task given by the teacher they must return the card without receiving the point or benefit of the card (if it is a bomb card they will lose all their points regardless). The teacher may end the game when a bomb card is drawn or reshuffle the cards and continue the game without the student or team who got the bomb card (or with that/student team starting over again at zero).
 
Version # 2: (for lower-level students) the students and teacher may ignore the additional task given in the upper right corner.

5. Halloween Bomb Game (Click above to download)

This is an ESL game made especially for Halloween. It features Halloween vocabulary as well as TPR activities.

Goal: The goal of this game is to win by collecting the most points, or to collect as many points as possible.
 
Step # 1:  (prep) Print and laminate all the cards. Place them all face down on a table or upon a whiteboard in a grid-like fashion. Print and laminate the cue cards (you and/or the students may use this a reference for forming questions/answers when playing the bomb game.
 
Step # 2:  (prep) Choose whether to organize students into teams or allow them to play without forming teams. Have them sit around a table or in front of a whiteboard.
 
Step # 3: (explaining the game) Explain to the students that they may earn random amounts of points, swap/change points, get a bomb and lose all their points, or become invincible to the bomb card, depending on the card they pick up. Additionally, in this Halloween game variation students may complete the TPR task located in the upper right corner to earn an additional point.
 
Step # 4: (starting/playing the game)
 
Version # 1: The player to the teacher’s left may start by picking up a card. The student should make a sentence with the vocabulary word given on the card (the teacher may make use one of the cue cards/cue cards provided in order to aid the students in making sentences), or complete another task regarding the target language/vocabulary word according to the teacher's discretion. That student may then earn the reward outlined on the card. If they complete the TPR task given in the upper right corner they may earn an additional point; if they cannot they may still keep the card and reward outlined on the card without an additional point. If they are unable to complete the target language task given by the teacher they must return the card without receiving the point or benefit of the card (if it is a bomb card they will lose all their points regardless). The teacher may end the game when a bomb card is drawn or reshuffle the cards and continue the game without the student or team who got the bomb card (or with that/student team starting over again at zero).
 
Version # 2: (for lower-level students) the students and teacher may ignore the additional task given in the upper right corner.

 

6. Independence Day Bomb Game (Click above to download)

This is an ESL game made especially for Independence Day. It features Independence Day vocabulary as well as unscrambling word activities.

Goal: The goal of this game is to win by collecting the most points, or to collect as many points as possible.
 
Step # 1:  (prep) Print and laminate all the cards. Place them all face down on a table or upon a whiteboard in a grid-like fashion. Print and laminate the cue cards (you and/or the students may use this a reference for forming questions/answers when playing the bomb game.
 
Step # 2:  (prep) Choose whether to organize students into teams or allow them to play without forming teams. Have them sit around a table or in front of a whiteboard.
 
Step # 3: (explaining the game) Explain to the students that they may earn random amounts of points, swap/change points, get a bomb and lose all their points, or become invincible to the bomb card, depending on the card they pick up. Additionally, in this Independence Day variation students may complete the take of unscrambling the vocabulary word describing the picture in the upper right corner to earn an additional point.
 
Step # 4: (starting/playing the game)
 
Version # 1: The player to the teacher’s left may start by picking up a card. The student should make a sentence with the vocabulary word given on the card (the teacher may make use one of the cue cards/cue cards provided in order to aid the students in making sentences), or complete another task regarding the target language/vocabulary word according to the teacher's discretion. That student may then earn the reward outlined on the card. If they complete the unscramble task given ion the upper right corner they may earn an additional point; if they cannot they may still keep the card and reward outlined on the card without an additional point. If they are unable to complete the target language task given by the teacher they must return the card without receiving the point or benefit of the card (if it is a bomb card they will lose all their points regardless). The teacher may end the game when a bomb card is drawn or reshuffle the cards and continue the game without the student or team who got the bomb card (or with that/student team starting over again at zero).


 Version # 2: (for lower-level students) the students and teacher may ignore the additional task given in the upper right corner.

Quick Tips for these ESL Kids games:

Quick Tip # 1:

Cycle the player's turns, but also have each team collectively repeat the answer together afterward. With ESL bomb games you have to vigilant in keeping the students from getting lazy when speaking the target language and make sure to maximize the amount of speaking from turn to turn. Get creative!

Quick Tip # 2:

ESL bomb games can be too much of a teacher-oriented ESL activity for some teachers. If this is the case for you, designate student leaders to oversee and drill the target language, and rotate the leaders out from game to game. Teaching accomplishes the highest percentage of retention for language learning, so this is a great way to really get that English into their heads via teaching.

Quick Tip # 3

Diversify the questions you have relating to the target vocabulary word or grammar, also connect the questions back to previous lessons, and have some ideas in mind for making the questions or tasks more challenging. For instance, create  'easy,' 'medium,' and 'difficult' questions for each target language or card; so, for example, if the target language is 'What do you want to be for Halloween?' and the card they select is 'fairy' have some follow up questions prepared: easy - why do you want to be a fairy?, medium - what does a fairy look like?, hard - name three details or descriptions of a fairy.

 

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