Language Activities for Young Learners

Solve the Maze

Young Learners always enjoy solving maze problems.As part of a series of Teacher Training Workshops, I asked my participants to develop language activities using mazes so as to stimulate the young minds. The following activity was developed by Ms. Shefali Bagai, English Teacher of Grade 2 at RSJ Modern School, Humayun Road, New Delhi. It is a ‘whilelistening’ task to revise the topic ‘The Sentence – Statements and Questions’.

Instructions (to be read aloud): Children, look at the picture carefully. Jerry, the mouse, is lost and very hungry. Let us take him to the piece of cheese.

Listen to the sentences that I will read aloud. Identify them as a statement, which ends with a full stop, or a question, which ends with a question mark. For each sentence, choose the correct punctuation and thus the correct way to the cheese. If you go wrong, Jerry will not reach the cheese. Remember to move forward only.

  1. Peter is a good boy
  2. Where is my red cap?
  3. We are going to the market.
  4. My mother gave me a cookie
  5. He has a big house.
  6. Are you going to the party tonight?
  7. How is your dog Ben now?

Board Game Snakes and Ladders :

Objective: To develop speaking skills using a board game

Level: Primary

Preparation: – 1 copy of the game for a pair/group of 4 students, Dice, Plastic coins

Classroom layout: Students can work in pairs or in groups.


  1. Distribute a copy of the game to each pair/group along with the dice and coins.
  2. The rules of the game are similar to the traditional game of Snakes and Ladders.
  3. Familiarize the students with the rules.
  4. Monitor the activity.


Falguni Chakravarty
Falguni Chakravarty is a freelance ELT practitioner