Finger Karuta

Here is a fun game to play if you’re using a text-book with a lot of pictures. This game is similar to the Japanese game called “Karuta”. Introduce the vocabulary using flashcards matching the pictures in the student’s text-book. Have each student repeat each word while touching the matching picture in the book. Now it’s game time! Have students compete in pairs, and place one open book in between each other. Shuffle your flashcards. Tell the students to “put your finger on your nose”. This is the starting position. Call out and show a flash card. The students who touches the picture and says the word first is the winner! Repeat this several times. To avoid “ties”, repeat an odd number of times. The player with the most points wins!

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