Practice counting by passing a ball around

This is a simple ESL activity for practicing numbers. To do this activity:

  • Get a ball or a soft die.
  • Have your students stand or sit.
  • Pass one of your students a ball.
  • Give them a number.
  • Have them give you the next number.
  • After they do have them pass it to the next person. It could be the person next to them or anyone else.
  • The next person gives them the next number a passes it.
  • Continue counting and passing the ball around.

You can start from any number. If you just taught them numbers 50-100, then start from 50. You can also count backwards. If you're teaching adults, then you could use this same activity to practice bigger numbers like 1000+ or maybe years like 1989, 1990, etc.

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