Activities and Games

Activity Description
Marathi Taboo Divide players into two or more teams. Invite one player from a team to be the clue giver. Give her a Marathi word. She then has to give clues to her team using words or sentences. She can not use any part or form of the actual word. A team gets one point for every correctly guessed word.
Saataaryaachaa mhaataaraa (Memory Game) Provide a scenario in which many objects (or actions) of a type can be used. Start a sentence that has a list of such objects. Each player has to repeat the sentence with the list so far and add an object to that list. For example:

saataaryaachaa mhaataaraa lagnaalaa gelaa... saataaryaachaa mhaataaraa, mhaataaryaachi baayako lagnaalaa gele...

mi baajaaraat jaaun chenDu aaNalaa... mi baajaaraat jaaun chenDu ani topi aaNali...

mi sakaaLi uThoon daat ghaasale... mi sakaaLi uThoon daat ghaasun dudh pile...
Saangaa saangaa lavakar saangaa (Cause-Effect Game) Divide players into two or more teams. One team proposes a cause and the other team has to respond by providing a possible effect of that cause. Do this on a clap beat to add fun and speed to the game. Players are encouraged to think outside of box and be creative to make this fun.

Team 1 - "Saangaa saangaa lavakar saangaa, maazyaa haatun dudh saanDale..."

Team 2 - "Aai malaa oraDali."
OLakhaa paahu (Guessing Game) Invite one player to think of an object. Other players then ask questions about the object. The player with object in mind only aswers yes, no or don't know. Other players try to guess the object based on the answers. This can be made easier by choosing an object from the same room where the game is being played. As a variation of this game, you can think of a person instead of an object.
OLakh paaLakh (Know about each other) Divide players into pairs. Each player has to ask questions to their partner about them and note the answers. After this, each player has to tell at least five facts about their partner.
Writing-Go-Round (Contributed by Michael Coggins)
  • (2 min) Each student (or pair of students) writes one sentence which is the start of a story. They each pass their paper to the right (or left).
  • (3 min) Each student (or pair of students) reads what was written and comes up with a continuing sentence. They each pass their paper to the right (or left).
  • (4 min) Each student (or pair of students) reads what was written and comes up with a continuing sentence. They each pass their paper to the right (or left). A minute is added each turn, because the stories get longer and longer.
  • This continues until each student (or pair of students) gets their original story back. They read was what written and write a concluding sentence.
  • Each student (or pair of students) reads their story aloud.
Spoons Game (Contributed by Michael Coggins)
  • Ss get dealt a number of index cards with pictures on them. They then write the words for each picture on a separate set of blank index cards.
  • Both sets are collected by T.
  • Word cards are shuffled and then dealt to each S, but T keeps the picture cards.
  • Ss sit in a circle with a pile of spoons sitting between them.
  • T shows a picture card to the class and Ss all search their cards quickly for the word.
  • The S with the right word picks up a spoon. The rest must must follow and get a spoon as soon as possible, because there is one less spoon than there are Ss.
  • T confirms word and picture and shows class. If incorrect, all the spoons are placed back in the center and a new picture is shown; if correct, the S without a spoon is out and helps collect, reshuffle, and deal out the word cards.
  • Spoons are placed back in the center, minus one.
  • Game continues until one S remains.
Ho-naahi-maahiti naahi
  • Have many pictures ready of various personalities. This can be historical figures, current popular personalities, fictional characters, cartoons etc. The only requirement is that the personality be known to most of the students.
  • Invite one student in the front of the class.
  • Stick one picture on their back without showing it to them.
  • Let the S turn one full circle around themselves revealing the picture to the rest of the class.
  • Now the S starts asking questions to which the only answers the class can give are "ho", "naahi" or "maahiti naahi."
  • S gets to ask 15 questions and 3 guesses to guess the picture stuck on their back.