Just before tucking in to the turkey on Christmas Day we pulled the crackers laid out on the table. As usual this was a waste in return for just a pathetic bang sound, a sh*te joke, a paper hat and a useless plastic toy. A couple of the cracker gifts this time included a couple of jumping frogs which after a bit of thought I decided could be put to some use in kids lessons when I returned to Japan.
The TESOL course last year taught me the importance of finishing lessons on a high (as kids and indeed adults often remember only how they felt as they left the classroom) so as a warm-down activity for the last few minutes the kids and I had a couple of simple frog jumping competitions with the winner being the one who got the frog nearest to the end of the table. If it went off the table then it would not count. I gotta say that I was pretty amazed how much the kids loved these pointless and meaningless activities!