What’s in the stocking?

P1110719This is a Christmas activity which can be used to practise vocabulary (lower levels) and vocab and speculative language (higher levels). Put some items in a stocking, seal it, and give it to the students to pass round, have a good old feel and tell their partner what they think might be inside.

“As far as I can tell, this is board marker.”

“It could be a highlighter pen.”

“What about a fat felt tip?”

“I’m afraid I can’t agree; I think it’s mascara.”

That sort of thing. Then you open it and reveal the contents. You could have a prize for the pair who got the most correct. The weirder the things, the better!

I’ve only used it before with FCE classes but I intend to use it this year with my 5-6 year olds. We’ve been learning classroom objects and toys so I’ll fill up the stocking with some of those objects – the same number of objects as students. Then we’ll pass it around and guess what’s in it, before opening it and finding out. To make it more of a party game, we’ll pass it round the circle while music plays and when it stops, the pupil that has it will have a turn guessing something. I’ll engineer it so that each student has a go and I’ll pin up a flashcard for each guess so we can compare our guesses to the contents at the end. They’re learning colours so I’ll ask them to guess the colours too.



  1. GML Nimisha · · Reply

    Good effort! Like to hear more from you.

    1. Thanks! I’ll do my best!

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    Short but very accurate info… Thanks for sharing
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