Hot Potato

By Kevin Fabris

February 15, 2015

5 - 10 Minutes, EFL, ESL, Fun, High School, Materials Required, Practice It, Small Class, Speaking, Timer Game, Warm Up, Word Game, Young Learner

The singing potato is guaranteed fun for any ESL / EFL class.  No questions asked!  It has a randomized timer inside and plays “the potato song” until it explodes…..blawang!  Kids love it.


 
You can use the hot potato in almost any situation to add a little bit of fun to your lesson and to give your students a reason to speak quickly.  I’ve found that at a table of 6 it’s incredible.  Strangely enough, this game works best with high school-aged students.  Rather than using any target language simply play question answer.
1) Ask a question = pass the potato
2) Answer a question = pass the potato
3) When the potato stops singing it makes the “blawang”  sound.  Whomever has the potato gets a point.  Points can be good or bad in this game but if there bad there’s much more of an incentive to speak.
4) Repeat steps 1-3 until one player has 3/5 points depending on the size of your ESL class.
5) Enjoy!
The singing potato is available on Amazon.co.jp for around $50.00 American or you can purchase it from Amazon.com for around $10.00 American. I’d go with .com….Just saying.