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066965-striped-retro-grunge-icon-people-things-people-feetAge range: 4 –  10

Use it to introduce English vocabulary such as:











Required Materials:

blank white paper or poster paper


markers, pens, and colored pencils


For younger learner you can prepare the cards beforehand, but for older students you have have them make the memory cars themselves. Decide on a list of body parts that you want to teach. Each set of cards requires 2 pieces of paper, so if you are having the students make their own, give each student 2 pieces.

Fold of block off each paper so that it has 9 – 16 boxes on each piece. On the first piece, write the English word for a new body part in each block. On the second piece, make the students draw a picture representing each of the body parts they wrote onto the first piece of paper. If you are ding this yourself, you can just copy and paste pictures from the Internet to save time.

Once the students have one card completely full of body part words and one card completely full with matching body part pictures, have them cut the paper so that each word and picture makes up its own card. You can have the students work in pairs or small groups while making these so that they can discuss the project and help each other (my personal way of doing it), or if your class is a little rambunctious, you can have them do it individually at your instructions.

Now that each students has his or her own set of body part picture cards and a matching English word card for each body part, they are ready to play. Break students up into pairs or small groups. Each group can use one set of cards. They turn the cards over, face down ,and mix them up. Now they take turns trying to match the word with the picture, just the the standard “memory/concentration” game.

This is great for either a stand alone activity or as spelling review.


studentAge range: 6 –  10

Use it to introduce English vocabulary such as:

Pick an area of the world to focus on, and use the various countries in that area. As an example, if you choose Western Europe you could use –









Required Materials:

white cardboard poster paper

colored construction paper


glue, double sided tape, and/or velcro strips

markers, pens, and colored pencils


To get started place the first piece of white cardboard or paper on the table. Then cut out shapes that resemble a speech bubble or a cloud with the colored poster paper. Cut out as many as you like. On half of them, using a thick marker, pen or colored pencil, write names of different countries such as France, Germany, and Italy. On the other half jot out the countries’ respective languages.

You should now have a base piece of cardboard or white paper, colored paper with country names, and colored paper with their various languages. Glue all of the countries on the cardboard. You can do it in an organized way or randomly. Next, if you are using velcro strips, you will want to attached one half of the strips to the countries. If you are not using velcro, just skip this step.

Now attach the other half of the velcro to the backs of the various language cards you made earlier. If you are not using velcro, you can use double sided tape, but be extra careful if you think that you will want to reuse the material.

You can now use this as a teaching prop, or if you want to decorate more, that’s OK too. The concept is to teach both the names of countries  and their respective languages while making the materials, and then reviewing the new vocabulary by using them as a guessing game . The English student or students have to match the language with its country. You can even show that some countries have languages similar to their name such as French in France, German in Germany, English in England.

This is a very common style of teaching TEFL classes, especially in Asia. As you can see here, activity based teaching, or student centered teaching, is how most language classrooms operate in countries like China, Taiwan and Japan. The teaching is masked by the arts and crafts activity, and review is often in the form of a game or additional activity.

scissorsAge range: 4 – 8

Use it to introuduce English vocabulary such as:






1 through 8

Required Materials:



colored paper

strips or ribbons of crape paper or colored paper

1 cupcake wrapper

white round stickers or white paper


The first step is to take and fold a rectangular piece of orange or red paper. Then cut out a tongue from the three unfoled sides making sure to leave the folded edge intact. So, you are cutting three sides but not the folded fourth side.

Next with some glue or a glue stick, attach the muffin wrapper to the folded part of the paper. Fold the muffin wrapper and the tongue shaped paper, and at the same time pinch the sides of the muffin wrapper to make a mouth. Stick on some white stickers with a black dot resembling eyes, or if you have them, use  some googly eyes. You can even use white paper with a dot drawn in the center to make the eyes if you don’t have any special crafty material. Now you should have the head and body of the octopus. You can use the ribbons or crape paper to make its eight legs. You can get expecially creative, using either all one color, or a mix or colors, or even form a color pattern.

Now that your octopus is complete you can tie it to a string and hang it up. It’s a great project for any day of the week and also great for Halloween too.

young-studentThis is a basic arts and crafts style project.

Age range: 2 – 6

Use it to introuduce English vocabulary such as:



paint (brush)



Required Materials:

colored construction paper

masking tape

your choice of paint

a paint brush


This is a very easy and fun picture to make. An adult can help and supervise the child so the task is much easier and fun. Make sure to introduce the various materials with their proper English name, and make the student(s) repeat after you.

Place the sheet of paper on a table and then get the masking tape. Cut and place strips of tape it all the way across the sheet horizontally by starting from about two inches below the top edge of the paper. Then make a criss cross or checkered pattern by again cutting and placing the masking tape in a vertical direction. Make sure you keep placing masking tape throughout the whole length of the paper about two inches apart from the other strips. Now there should be open untaped squares  all over the paper. The paper should look like a fish net or mesh design created out of the masking tape.

Now get a paint brush and paint. This is a great chance to review the names of the various colors with the student(s). Paint the entire sheet of paper along with the masking tape. Don’t worry about neatness and make sure to cover the entire paper, tape and all.

Allow it to dry and peel off the masking tape once it has dried thoroughly. You will have a beautiful criss cross pattern. Now you can repeat the process again placing the masking tape so it overlaps the previous pattern. Repeat the painting process with a different color and again allow the paper and tape to dry.

You don’t only have to make criss cross patterns. You can place masking tape diagonally or in any direction you like. You can make straight-edged shapes like squares, rectangles and triangles if you want to make more complex designs while introducing even more vocaulary. If your students are old enough you can even ask them to label the various colors and shapes.

You should end up with a different masterpiece every time. You can even frame them if you want and show them off to friends, visitors or parents. This project work extremely well for both one-on-one instruction and in the larger EFL classrooms typically encountered in Asian and South American locations.