Zip Zap

Get them to play zap! Loads of fun and once they know how to play, you just sit back and relax.

Get them in a circle standing. One student starts in the middle. The student in the middle is the boss, what they say goes. Object is last person standing.

The “boss” spins around pointing and saying , zip zip zip……when they stop, the person they are pointing at ducks. The two on either side have to draw and shoot the other person. The boss calls the winner. In the ESL / EFL variation, instead of saying zap, the boss says a letter. The two students shoot each other by drawing and saying a word beginning with that letter. The loser dies and must sit down. Continue until 2 students left. Stand them back to back. They pace 3 steps and then draw. The winner, the last person alive goes to the middle as “boss” and you start again……

Lots of variations. The letter is the simplest. But you can do ending in the letter, word association (boss says food, they say a food or associated word), verb – noun , noun – verb. Country / city or language or nationality etc……

Fun game and the students really concentrate and get into it. Zip – zap. Sounds complicated but anything but. My grade 4s would play this all day if I had let them…..

Zip Zap, 4.8 out of 5 based on 5 ratings
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