What is a barrier game?
Barrier games are my favorite language activity! Two or more people are required to play. Each person has the same picture scene and pictures with a barrier in between so they can’t see what the other person is doing. Player 1 (Talker) arranges their pictures in their scene as desired. When ready, they can use the helper words to describe to their partner what their scene looks like. For example, “Put the blue sled in the pond.” Player 2 (Listener) listens to the directions and follows them accordingly. Player 2 should also be encouraged to ask clarification questions such as, “Can you say that direction again?” or “I don’t understand, can you say that another way?” The end goal is to get both scenes to look the same.
Optional Play: When there are 3 students, play as described! above but have Player 3 be the “COACH.” The COACH can
see both sides and provides encouragement and helpful tips.
If there are 4 players, have the children pair up and play as a team.