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This game is a balloon sentence building game for small groups. Make a set of sentence fragments for each group eg person/pronoun, verb, place, means of transport. Put each sentence fragment into a different coloured balloon eg all the verbs go into red balloons (a funnel or the cardboard cylinder out of the middle of sewing thread makes this quicker) - make sure you have a couple of spare balloons in case you burst one prematurely. Blow up the balloons and put at one end of the room. Put children into teams and line each team up. Children run to the balloons, put one between their legs and walk back to tag the next team member. When everyone has a different coloured balloon they pop them, collect to the sentence strips, put them into order and read them to the teacher.

This can be made as difficult or as easy as you like by varying the level of vocab and grammar. You can also make it more difficult by not colour coding sentence fragments and getting children to work individually to find others in the class who have fragments that will go together to make a sentence.

I usually get the children to translate the sentence as well.

You can also play this as a matching game where students all pop a balloon then have to find their partner.

(emailed to MES-English by Debbie.)

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