Educational Materials

Fruit Basket
10 Jun 2005, 3:42:21PM

Grade Level:


  • Elementary School all-day
  • Elementary School club



Fruit Basket is the most common game of all for elementary school, so don't use it too much because the ids have already played it a million times. There are many variations, but the basic game is this: Divide the class into 3 or 4 groups, and assign each group 1 word from the set of vocabulary you are trying to teach: fruits is the obvious choice. Set up their chairs in one big circle, with one less than the number of people playing. The person stuck standing in the middle (probably you the first time) will pick one of the fruits and those kids have to get up and change seats. Whoever doesn't get a seat becomes the new "It" in the middle and names another fruit. They can also say "Fruit Basket!" at which everyone has to change seats and all hell breaks loose. THis game has the potential to get really unruly actually, and a kid can get picked on if he gets stuck in the middle too many times.


  • Instead of chairs, use squares on the floor.
  • Let them say two things at once, instead of just all or one.
  • Have the chairs facing outward instead of inward.
  • Pass out cards with the names of the groups on them and have the kids wear them.
  • Make the kids all ask the kid in the center, "What fruit do you like?" and then he answers, "I like ~~."