Are you looking for a fun, quick ESL activity that you can use with kids? Then you’re in the right place. Keep on reading to learn more about Mystery Box.
ESL Activity for Kids: Mystery Box
Time: 5-10 minutes
Materials: Several small objects, a box
This is one my students’ favourite ESL activities for kids. I like to use this activity just after studying adjectives. I’ll make sure we have learned words that describe texture as well as the usual size and shape words. This is a fun activity, but it is best with small classes due to the time it takes for each student to have a turn.
You can use this as an ESL kindergarten activity as long as your students know a reasonable amount of vocabulary.
What you Need to Prepare for Mystery Box
Before class, you will need to prepare a large shoe box or similar, by cutting a hole slightly larger than fist-sized and covering the hole. You can use garland or tissue paper, but a handkerchief is fastest and easiest. Whatever you use, the students should not be able to see inside the box, but they should be able to stick their hand inside.
How to Do Mystery Box
One by one, have students take turns feeling inside the box. As they feel, ask them questions about the size, shape, texture, etc. Once everyone has had a turn, review the answers students gave while feeling and elicit guesses as to what is in the box. As students guess items correctly, pull them from the box. If no one can guess some items, end by showing them to the class.
This ESL Activity Works Best for Smaller Classes
Due to the time involved with each child feeling inside the box, this activity is best suited to small classes. You can use anything (not sharp), but children’s toys are good for this, as well as letter magnets.
Procedure for Mystery Box:
1. In advance, prepare a large shoe box or copy paper box by cutting a hand-sized hole and then covering it with a handkerchief, so students can reach in but can’t see inside.
2. Place several small (not sharp!) objects inside. The class should know the names of the objects.
3. Have students take turns reaching in the box and feeling the objects.
4. As students feel the objects, ask them questions about the size, shape, and texture of the items.
5. When everyone has had a turn, elicit guesses from the students about what they think the objects are.
6. As students correctly identify items, remove them from the box. If the class cannot guess some items, end the activity by showing the remaining items to the class.
Teaching Tips for Mystery Box
One important thing to think about is if the children know the names of the items you’ve put in the box. They should be quite familiar.
Also think about class size. Of course, everyone is going to want to have a turn to feel inside the box. If you have a class of more than 8 or 10 students, this is going to take an entire class and will get kind of boring!
Or, you could do this activity for larger classes and organize it so that each week, 5 different children get to give it a try.
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