7 Games For Have/Have Got
Most of the games below are suitable for both young learner classes and older students, and I have tried all of them successfully with adult classes. The games below are arranged so that the ones that are also suitable for complete and false beginners are near the top and ones that bring in more speaking and extra language are near the bottom. The example sentences include a mix of “have” and “have got”, but all activities work for both forms.
1. Make me say Yes, I have/Make me say No, I haven’t
Students ask the teacher or a classmate “Have you got…?” questions and get one point each time the answer is “Yes, I have”. They can then play the more amusing version where they get one point for each time their partner says “No, I haven’t” to questions like “Have you got a helicopter?”
2. I don’t know what I’ve got
Students try to ask each other “Have you got…?” questions that they don’t know the answer to, e.g. “How many books have you got?” and “Have you got butter in your fridge now?” They get one point each time the answer is “I don’t know”. They’ll probably need suggested topics and/or questions stems to help them come up with ideas.
3. I have got the ability to bluff
This is based on a common card game that is usually called “Cheat” or “Liar”. Give each group of three to five students a pack of cards. The pack should have equal numbers of different kinds of vocabulary that they have studied recently, e.g. eight different foods, eight different items of clothing and eight different kinds of weather. The pack is dealt out. Students can look at their own cards but not anyone else’s. Students take turns laying any number of cards down on the table while making statements like “I have three kinds of transport” and “I have seven family members”, and the first person with no cards left in their hand is the winner. They can lie when they are laying the cards down, but just after they do so other people can accuse them of not telling the truth by saying “Liar”. If they were lying they have to take all the cards that are the table, but if their accuser is wrong that person has to take all the cards there.
4. Have got Sentence completion guessing game
Students fill in sentences like “I have got… in my pocket” and “I have got… but it is broken” to make true statements about themselves, then read out just the part they have written (e.g. “dirty tissues” and “a radio controlled car”) for their partner to guess what sentence that was put in.
5. I have got definitions
Perhaps from a list, students explain what object they are thinking of without saying its name, starting with sentences with “have got” like “I have got three” and “I think everybody in this class has one” then moving onto physical description, adjectives etc. Their partners compete to guess what is being described. To make sure this language is in the game, you’ll need to choose the objects carefully and be strict about at least the first sentence having “have/have got” in it.
6. Have I got the right idea?
It is also possible to bring questions into that kind of guessing game by playing the well-known Yes/No game 20 questions starting with “Have you got” questions like “Have you got one?” “Yes, I have” “Have I got one?” “Probably” and “Has everyone in the world got one?” “Almost everyone”. Students will probably need help with both the questions and the things that they should answer the questions about.
7. You have to say “Yes, I have”
This is another bluffing game, but with more speaking. Students have to answer all questions, even ones like “Have you got more than 100 pairs of shoes?”, with “Yes, I have”. Their partner can then ask three Wh questions such as “Where do you keep them?” before they guess if the original “Yes, I have” answer was true or not.