Fruit Salad – Vocabulary Game for YL

Have you tried this week’s Spotlight lesson on Fruit? In this Word Bank lesson, your young learners will review and practice the English words for some of the most common types of fruit. After you try this lesson, you can review these words with an active vocabulary game that is often played in ESL classrooms.

How to play “Fruit Salad”

1. Tell students to sit in a circle. This is the fruit bowl.

2. Choose one person to sit in the middle and close their eyes. This is the spoon!

3. Ask students to call out three fruits that they know. Choose the first three you hear (e.g., apples, bananas, strawberries).

4. Walk around the circle and assign each student one of these three fruits. Tap your students’ shoulders as you assign each one a fruit.

5. Now, tell the person in the middle (the spoon) to open their eyes. The spoon will shout one of the fruits (apple, banana, or strawberry) and stand up. *

6. Anyone who was assigned the fruit that was called out must also stand up. Now all of the standing students must run clockwise around the circle and try to find an empty spot in the fruit bowl. (The spoon will run to the outside of the circle and also try to find a vacant spot.) The last person standing goes in the middle and becomes the spoon.

7. Begin again with three different fruits (or repeat the same ones if your students need more practice).

* If you are playing outside or have lots of space, you can add an additional step. The teacher can shout out “Fruit Salad” before the spoon says a fruit. Then everyone in the bowl has to get up and run around until you tell them to stop. Remind students that everyone must run in the same direction to avoid collisions!

How to adapt this game

You can adapt this game for many different word sets. If you’re reviewing types of fish, play “Fish Bowl.” If you’re reviewing types of animals, play “Zoo.” If you’re reviewing types of toys, play “Toy Box.”


Word Bank Lesson on Fruit
Active Games for Young Language Learners


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Tara Benwell

Tara Benwell is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry. She is the media director and head writer for ESL-Library, and a contributor to its sister site Sprout English. Tara is the author of an iPad storybook series for kids called Happy Campers Books. Her debut novel, The Proper Order of Things is available on Amazon and in the iBookstore.

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