We are always on the look-out for new ways to make language learning fun and to start our pony language learning adventures. With a pony-mad daughter we enjoy combining language learning with outdoor activities so let’s bring in the ponies!
We’ve compiled a list of six engaging language games that will add an extra element of fun and challenge to your equestrian adventures.
These games are not only entertaining but also provide an innovative way to practice language skills whilst including your horse and pony or maybe just even a hobby horse. So, saddle up and get ready to have a fabulous time whilst improving your language skills!
1. Word Association Hack (Trail Ride)
Embark on a relaxing hack and kick off a game of word association. The first rider says a word, for example Tree and then rider takes turns to call out a word related to the previous word mentioned in this case it could be green, or leaves.
This game not only encourages quick thinking and vocabulary recall but also allows for a relaxing learning environment which is also fun which takes the ‘ugh’ out of learning.
2. Multilingual Tongue Twisters Trot
Challenge yourself and fellow riders to recite tongue twisters in both your native and target learning language while maintaining a steady trot.
The rhythm and movement of the horse adds an extra layer of complexity, making this game a delightful language and physical exercise.
3. Equine Charades Communication
Engage in a game of charades while on horseback, using hand gestures and body movements to convey words or phrases to your companions. This game promotes non-verbal communication and creativity in expressing language without relying on spoken words.
This can start at a really easy level with basic words and in walk, and it could then be built up to a more advanced vocabulary and maybe even a change of gait.
4. Alphabet Spelling
Coordinate with your riding buddies to spell out words using the initial letters of objects or scenery observed during the ride. This game not only hones spelling abilities but also encourages attentiveness to the surroundings, turning the ride into an interactive language lessonThis lesson could aslo take place in an indoor school whereby words are either whispered or written doen on cards. each rider takes a card and has to spell it out.
You could also make a gymkhana game out of this with weaving poles and a bin at the bottom. The cards are placed on top of the bin and each rider has to ride up to the bin, take a card, look at it and spell the word whilst on their way back to the startline. Points are given to those riders who spell the word correctly before crossing the line.
5. Storytelling Relay Race
This game is a little more advanced and requires a lot more vocabulary than the others however. Divide into teams and take turns narrating a story, with each rider contributing a sentence or two before passing the storytelling baton to the next participant.
The challenge of storytelling on horseback adds an element of suspense and excitement, while enhancing narrative and language skills.
6. Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt
Prepare a list of specific words related to the equestrian environment, and set off on a scavenger hunt to spot and identify the objects or elements corresponding to the listed vocabulary.
This game combines language learning with the thrill of exploration
In conclusion, these language games offer a unique and enjoyable way to combine horse riding with language learning.
Whether your pony-mad child is starting a new language or you are just looking for fun ideas to deepen the target language including seeking new ways to make your riding language adventures more fun these 6 games can be a really good starting point.
So, saddle up, embrace the language challenges, and let the language games on horseback begin!