Ball Pass Game

Good activity for question response practice.
Target levelES 1 - 4
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  1. Teach a vocab list and related question.
  2. Have the students sit in a circle.
  3. Give two students each a item to pass (tennis ball, stuffed animal) on opposite sides of the circle.
  4. Explain when you play music, students pass the item. When the music stops, who ever has the item must come to the center of the circle.
  5. Have the two students with the item stand in the middle of the circle and help give an example of the game.
  6. The two student's play "paper, scissor, rock". The winner gets to ask the target question. The loser has to answer the question.
  7. Students can either pick their favorite answer, or name the picture the teacher is holding up.
  8. The students always want to know which direction to pass the item. Marutoki means clock wise.
  9. After the students understand the example, play music and start the game.


  • With younger kids, they might cry if they don't get a chance to play. To ensure everyone plays, have the kids stand up to pass the item and sit down after they have a turn. The circle will get smaller each round in till everyone has had a chance to play.
  • If you forget to bring a CD the teacher always have something they can play.
  • Try using fast music and slow music. The student can pass to the rhythm.
  • Try to get the students to clap while waiting to get passed to.

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