Crazy Robots

To learn to give and take directions, with a focus on speaking and listening.


  • ALT introduces the vocabulary to the students.



  • Using the HRT as an example, have the HRT cover their eyes and give them verbal directions they must follow to reach a location in the room.
  • Once the students understand, ask 3-5 students to cover their eyes of with their caps.  Give a series of verbal directions to reach a location in the room towards a location in the room.

Hide an Object

  • The ALT covers their eyes and the HRT picks a volunteer to hide an item of the ALT’s somewhere in the classroom. Then a student must guide the ALT with spoken directions to the hidden object.
  • Repeat this exercise twice with the student in place of the ALT.

Rock, Paper, Scissors Robot

  • Students pair up and play Rock, Paper, Scissors. The winner is the “robot” and has to cover their eyes with their cap.  The loser is the guide.
  • The guide must a.)hide an object of the “robot’s” in the room and then guide their robot to the object or b.) Choose a location in the room to guide the robot too.
  • Once the “robot” finds their object or reaches the location the roles are reversed.

Classroom Robot Tag

  • Each pair plays Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine who is the “robot.” The “robot” must cover their eyes.
  • From the “robots,” the ALT and HRT pick one or more “robots” to be “IT,” or “ONI .” The “ONI” is trying to tag other “robots.”
  • The “ONI” and the other “robots” can only move based on the directions given by their guides. After a few “robots” have been tagged, allow pairs to switch roles.

Make sure that this game is played in a wide open space. Three rules to set from the beginning:

  • No running.
  • Guides cannot touch their “robot” partners.
  • No Japanese allowed.

Variations of the tag game:

  • Virus Tag: “Robots” that are tagged become “it” (robot virus) and stay “it” for the rest of the game.
  • Pairs with “robot virus” must wear red caps and pairs without must wear white caps.

Maze: Set up a maze with cones or chairs and see if pairs can safely navigate the track without going out of bounds or touching the objects.

Lesson Topics
Flashcards of directions with illustrations, student-provided red/white elementary caps or blindfolds.