Numbers Board Slap

In the Numbers Board Slap ESL game, students slap the correct number on the board when it is called out.

Students for Numbers Board Slap ESL Game:2+Time for Numbers Board Slap ESL Game:5-10 mins
Resources for Numbers Board Slap ESL Game:
Internet and Projector or Board and Chalk/Markers; Flyswatters (or similar)

Choose a set of numbers appropriate to your level. This may include similar-sounding numbers like fifteen and fifty, as well as large numbers. With intermediate students, try including decimals and fractions too.

Write/project those numbers on the board, in random positions. If you have an Internet connection and a projector, the easiest way to do this is to use our online Board Slap game.

In class, divide the students into two teams. You can also play without teams and point-scoring if this is more appropriate.

  1. Each team sends one student to the board. These students stand a few steps away from the board, with a flyswatter. With young students, they could also just use their hands or even a ruler if you don’t have a flyswatter available.
  2. Call out a number displayed on the board. The two students have to slap that number with their flyswatter as fast as they can.
  3. The student who hits the correct number first wins a point for their team.
  4. Repeat for future points. If your students are able to, let the rest of the class take turns saying the numbers for practice.
  5. Every three points, switch the students playing. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Target Language

The Numbers Board Slap ESL game is a version of Board Slap specifically designed for practising numbers with beginner or low intermediate students. For a version to practise the alphabet, see Alphabet Board Slap.

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