A1-A2 GAME: Christmas Chase (Ready, Santa, Go!)



Age: 8-99
ESL level: CEFR A1-A2
Type: board game for Christmas (26 pages to be printed, two-sided, in colour and cut up into cards, 1 page to print or copy (board) and 1 page with the game rules, all in pdf files)
Target language: Christmas vocabulary, simple past

Description of activity:
This is a Christmas game for kids and pre-teens. It’s suitable for small groups (up to 4 players + presenter/teacher). The players move on a Christmas tree shaped board which can be printed or copied onto a big sheet of paper (recycled wrapping paper is perfect for this operation). The players are half-naked Santa Clauses (they are in underpants and vest) looking for their clothing items (socks, boots, pants, coat, etc.), their sack and their 9 reindeer. They can win these in challenges or buy them. As for the challenges, the questions are ESL-related: transforming sentences into simple past (irregular verbs), naming Christmas objects, some other topics. As for purchases, cookie cards function as money in the game. To make things more exciting, they can even lose items or cookies in penalties. The aim is to get all the items and get to the finish line before the other Santas.

You will need to print 13 sheets (items, cookies, challenge/penalty/reward cards) back & forth in colour (if you can laminate them, you can use the game multiple times). You will also need to cut these. You have one sheet with the game rules and an A4 format of the game board (to print or to copy). You’ll need one dice.

The document is in pdf, the pages are in pairs (front and back of the cards), except for the final singular page (with the game board scheme)

If you have the chance, you can use real cookies (and save 5 double-page prints).
Think of a good reward for the winner.

Time: 90 min
Font: Georgia, Bradley Hand, SignPainter, Garamond
Note: Images supplied courtesy of PIXABAY (
All pictures are free to use also for commercial use without attribution.


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