I forgot to say this in the article I just published on the topic, but this is one of my favourite games in one-to-one young learner classes, because I’m often genuinely worse than the students at stacking blocks, plastic cups and plates etc. Playing that kind of game nicely evens things up and allows for some actual competition. It’s also useful for all ages from 3 to 13 or so.
Two related further variations that I came up with on Saturday:
– Get students to say longer and longer times as they stack the blocks (one second, one minute and one second, three and a half minutes, half an hour, etc)
– Get students to say longer and longer lengths as they stack the blocks (one metre, one metre three centimetres, one metre three centimetres one picometre, three metres, one and half kilometres, etc)