The missing Santa

December is here again and it´s time to create some new Christmas activities for our students to enjoy! I hope you will find the following idea as useful and fun to teach as I have!
Levels: A1+
Aimed at: Young learners/teens
Aims: To encourage speaking in the context of describing faces/ vocabulary revision/`has got`structure/to encourage pair work
Time: +/- 45 minutes
Materials: 1 sheet of A4 paper for each student/coloured pens/pencils/Blu- tack/post-it notes
Handout 1: Handout 1 vocabulary


  1. Parts of the face – post-it activity – lead-in

Have students work in small groups and give out the post-it notes with all the parts of the face written on them:

eyes, nose, eyebrows, eyelashes, lips, teeth, face, hair, beard etc.

Ask each group for a volunteer. Be patient, someone will be up for it sooner or later! Have all the other group members stick the post-it notes (carefully) to the face of the volunteers. At the end of this activity, they should look somewhat like this:



2.  The missing Santa!

  • Have students work in pairs and tell tem that one of Santa’s most trusted elves has kidnapped the man in red. They have to help the police find Santa by creating a police sketch of Santa´s face. Give out Handout 1 vocabulary

As an alternative, you can have the vocabulary written on the board – this way you can easily adjust the vocabulary to the level you teach:


  • Have students take turns describing Santa´s face to each other:


  • Once the students have finished, have their drawings displayed on the wall and ask them to give out short descriptions of their sketches. Have the group guess which Santa is being described!


3. Follow-up

Have the students write a short description of Santa´s face. This could be done in class or as a homework assignment.


Happy creating!

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