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 WarmupBody Ball

SUBMITTED BY: Patrick Bickford

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: The torrent of English forums I've surfed


DATE ADDED: Feb 07, 2008


  Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)ÓHandicapped ClassesÖ


05-15 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE:  Hitting students and teachers is wrong, eh? Well, this game not only encourages it, but students review recent vocabulary while committing this atrocious act.


  1. While the idea of this game sounds a bit crazy, it definitely catches your students’ attention.
  2. Draw a body on the chalkboard and draw big squares next to certain body parts.
  3. Have a deck of cards ready with the vocabulary they are currently learning. Select a student to come and chose a card. If the class can read and repeat the word three times, then place the card in one of the squares on the board.
  4. Then, the student has the chance to throw a very soft toy or ball at that body part. This is just the warm-up to the real fun!
  5. After two or three cards are chosen, start attaching the cards to your own body and allowing the student a chance of hitting the card on your body. If they can do it, the class receives a point and minus a point if they miss. So, what do these points go towards? I have no clue…this is just a fun warm-up game. I’m sure you can think of something.
  6. If they are truly horrible throwers, try giving them three tries. You might find that they surprisingly never hit the correct area.



  • Have your students make and use paper airplanes.
  • If you don’t want to use your own body, affix the cards around the room or have a student volunteer to become the human target.
  • If you want to practice grammar instead of vocabulary, simply write numbers on the cards and ask the class a grammar-specific question. The student who answers it is given the chance to throw their balls or fly the paper airplane at the number card you decide.

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