Colour the ball
The children read sentences and colour balls accordingly on a picture. The sentences revise prepositions of place.
Author: Cristina Casado Whittaker and Tracey Chapelton
To introduce or revise prepositions of place.
Colour the ball Worksheet, a set of word cards of the prepositions (you can use the printable cards provided on Colour the ball Worksheet – to protect them paste them onto card or laminate them), a blanket (if you don’t have a blanket you can use a child’s table – see below), coloured pencils
Prepositions of place: in, on, under, in front of, behind, next to, between
- Ask a child to come to the front of the class and sit on the blanket/table.
- Point to the child on the blanket/table and say (Maria) is on the blanket/table, emphasizing the preposition on and holding up the corresponding word card.
- Elicit the answer on the blanket by asking the children Where is (Maria)?
- Repeat the process changing the position of the child (or the blanket) and making sentences with all of the prepositions (and different children if you like) until you feel that the children have grasped the concept.
- For the preposition between ask three children to come to the front of the class and stand in a row. Point to the child in the middle and say (Marcos) is between (Julia and Pablo).
Completing the Colour the ball Worksheet
- Hand out the Colour the ball 1 Worksheet and get the children to look at the pictures and the sentences above them.
- Do the activity orally first by asking the children to look at the first sentence on the worksheet. Point to the word in bold, under. Say the word under as the children point to it.
- Then say Point to the ball under the table. Repeat this with a few more examples if necessary.
- Explain to the children that they will need to read the sentences and follow the instructions.
- Children may like to work in pairs for this activity, or alternatively they can complete the worksheet individually and then check their answers with a partner.