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Sculptionary: Hands-On Foreign Language Vocabulary Game

Sculptionary: Hands-On Foreign Language Vocabulary Game

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When teaching vocabulary in a foreign language, it’s extremely important to avoid translation. In fact, I only use games and activities that can played entirely in the target language, NO English allowed! In order to pull this off, you’ve got to rely on gestures, pictures, and more. Classroom Pictionary is popular and fun, but sometimes I prefer the more hands-on game of Sculptionary. All you need is a bowl filled with vocabulary words and a few tubs of Play-Doh. And no, your students are not too old! I’ve played with high schoolers and even adults. Want to play? Here’s the “recipe”:


• Slips of paper with TL words and expressions
• One tub of Play-Doh for each group

Serving Size: The whole class divided into groups of 3-5.

Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes


1. One player from each group comes up to the teacher and randomly chooses a word from the bowl.
2. Set the timer for 5 minutes.
3. The players holding a vocabulary word race back to their group and begin to sculpt the word.
4. As soon as someone guesses it in the target language, a new person from the group goes up to choose the next word.
5. Continue until time is called.
6. Count the number of vocabulary words successfully sculpted by each group. The largest number wins!
7. Play again!

This game and many more are found in Middle School Madness: Cooking Up Foreign Language Fun and Games. Although this book/ebook was designed especially for 10-15 year olds, many activities are easily adaptable or appropriate for younger and older students. Click here to order your copy!

And don’t forget the Play-Doh!

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