Who’s got the cat?

This activity takes no preparation. All you you need is a prop such as a toy, classroom object or flashcard. I use my bag puss cat called George.

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First, I practise prepositions of place using hand gestures and getting the students to repeat in chant form.

Start by holding your left hand out in front of you clenched in a fist.

To practise ‘ON’ put your right flat on top of your clenched fist.

For ‘UNDER’ put your flat right hand under your clenched fist.

For ‘IN’ put your first two fingers of your right hand into your clenched fist.

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Select a willing student to go and stand outside the class. Tell them they are not allowed to listen or look whilst outside.

Give the cat or any other object you are using to one student to hide. They can hide it under their desk, in their bag or next to something.

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Ask the student to come back in. The class has to ask the student ‘WHO HAS GOT THE CAT?’. The student then has 3 guesses. They have to go up to the students they think has got the cat and ask them ‘HAVE YOU GOT THE CAT?’. The chosen student then has to answer ‘YES, I HAVE’ or ‘NO, I HAVEN’T’.

If they guess correctly, they have to say ‘NAME OF STUDENT/SHE/HE HAS GOT THE CAT’.

The person who has the cat can then go outside to play. The person who has just come in gets to hide cat.

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I’ve played this with my 6 and 7 year olds and they really love going outside and coming back in. Some other teachers think they’ve been sent outside for misbehaving!

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