May I Give You A Bomb?

A quick activity to teach the "May I" grammar point and wake up the students.

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Originally submitted by David Cummings on Oct 31, 2011.


  • 4-6 'Bomb' props (not included)
  • Timer


  • After demonstrating the activity with the JTE, distribute 4-6 bombs to students depending on class size. Ask for volunteers or pick randomly.
  • When the timer starts, students go around asking each other, "May I give you a bomb?"
  • The Bomb Holder and Victim play Janken. If the Victim wins, he or she says, "No, you may not," and the Bomb Holder keeps the bomb. If the Victim loses, he or she says, "Yes, you may" and takes the bomb.
  • They are not allowed to ask the same person twice in a row. Also, they are not allowed to ask somebody who just gave them a bomb.
  • After a certain amount of time (1 minute works well) start a dramatic countdown.
  • People with bombs 'die' and sit out the next round.
  • Continue playing until only a few survive. These are the winners!


  • If the students aren't motivated to get rid of their bombs, make the bomb-holders do some sort of punishment game, like answering random English questions.


  • Practice saying the target sentences together and write it on the board for reference.
  • This activity gets even bad and shy students excited and talking to each other, but doesn't teach much new English. I used it as a quick review activity to wake the students up.
  • You can use anything for bomb props. I made origami boxes from construction paper and wrote "BOMB!" on them.


  • For bad classes, tell them that trying to starting Janken without speaking English results in automatically losing that battle.
  • Walk around to make sure they follow the rules.

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Estimated time: 10-15 min

Submitted by: Englipedia Archive

July 23, 2019


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