- Before the lesson starts, prepare a ‘parcel’. Choose some flashcards with pictures which could be presents, eg a camera, a ball, a book, a bicycle, a computer game, etc. Wrap up the first flashcard with a piece of coloured paper. Then wrap this and another flashcard with another piece of coloured paper. Continue until all the flashcards are wrapped up with a piece of coloured paper inside the parcel.
- Explain to the pupils that they are going to play a typical birthday game called Pass the Parcel.
- Get the pupils to sit in a big circle on the floor.
- Give one pupil the parcel. He or she begins to pass the parcel in a clockwise direction. This pupil who has the parcel first says January, then passes it to the next pupil who says February, then the next pupil who says March, etc. If a pupil receives the parcel and says the month in which his/her birthday falls, then the passing stops and the pupil says November! My birthday is in November!
- While the pupil is taking off one layer of coloured paper, sing Happy Birthday and encourage the rest of the class to join in.
- Ask the pupil What have you got for your birthday? The pupil shows you and the rest of the class the flashcard with a picture of, eg a bicycle, and saysbicycle. Everyone else says Ooooh! and claps.
With older children, play the game as above, except at step 4, the pupil says, eg My birthday is on the sixteenth of November.
You could produce a simple worksheet ‘What I want for my Birthday’ using information as in the example worksheet below. Use words you would like to revise plus perhaps a few new ones.
What I want for my birthday
Choose one word from each column and make a sentence about what you want for your birthday.
eg I want a black watch for my birthday.
small tennis shoes
black computer game
a white jeans
an expensive mobile phone
some recent t-shirt
gold tennis racket