Numbers Run

incl. materials
30 min.


The learner can consolidate word series, e.g. numbers, alphabet, days, months, a sentence.


  • Two sets of cards with the word series, e.g. numbers 1 to 10.
  • Something to mark a starting line.


  • Divide the group into two teams.
  • Draw a starting line. Each team stands in a row at the starting line.
  • Place each set of cards, with the vocabulary facing down, a few meters away from the teams. Place the cards in a random order.
  • The aim of the exercise is to have all the cards facing up, respecting the logical order.
  • The first learner of each team runs to the set and turns around a card at random.
  • If s/he turns the card 1, s/he can turn a second card.
  • If s/he turns a wrong card, s/he memorizes the position of the card together with his/her team, puts the card back facing down and runs back to the team.
  • One by one, the learners run to the set and turn around one card, or a second/third if it is the correct one.

The learners of each team are allowed to help their running member by shouting instructions.


  • You can make the exercise more difficult by putting obstacles between the starting line and the cards.
  • If the series forms a sentence, make sure each word has a unique position in the sentence. Write the first word with a capital.

In a beginners group, you can tell the learners the sentence beforehand; advanced learners must figure out the sentence by themselves.

Tips for the instructor

Practice the pronunciation of the words before and after the game.