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Clapping 3’s

This is a traditional Korean counting game (sam yew gew) and can work really well as an ESL counting activity. It works best with young learners and it is a fun way to practice numbers and pronunciation once the students get the hang of it. This game is especially useful for numbers 1-30 (you probably won’t get any higher than that anyway).

Time: 10-20 Minutes.

Materials: None

It is easier if you organize the students so that they are sitting in a circle for this activity. The teacher points to each student in turn. When the student is pointed at, he/she should count up from 0, or a different number, as chosen by the teacher. When the counting gets to 3, or a multiple of 3, then the student should not say anything, but should clap their hands instead and the next student should say the next number. e.g.

Student 1: “one”

Student 2: “two”

Student 3:Clap

Student 4: “four”

Student 5: “five”

Student 6: Clap

Student 7: “seven”

And so on.

If a student makes a mistake then they are out of the game. The game ends when there are only two students left in the circle. The last two students should do the rock, paper scissor game to decide who is the overall winner.

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