Character Fukuwarai Battle

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Name of Teacher: Devin Holloway
Class/Grade/Language Level: Elementary School
Textbook and specific lesson: Parts of the Face, Directions
Goal: Practice giving and taking directions, Parts of the face
Preparation: Fukuwarai x 2, blindfolds
Class time: 25+ minutes

Fukuwarai is like Pin the Tail on the Donkey only instead of a donkey and a tail, it’s a blank face and facial features. You can, of course, find printable fukuwarai online or make your own by searching the Interwebs for parts of the face. But! If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can make your own with construction paper in about an hour while watching TV. I have made Kumamon, but other popular characters could work just as well-- Like Pikachu and Doraemon (But it should be noted Doraemon has no ears. Poor guy.) I recommend laminating the parts (And the face itself, if possible) and attaching strong magnets to the back.


  • Greet the class with “Hi, everyone”, “How are you?”, etc.
  • Follow with “The Hello Song” or any other brief song of your choice
  • “Smile Time”: Ss are to greet 3-5 friends and 1 teacher, though this of course can be changed to your liking. Typically an exchange involves greetings and the target question from the previous lesson “What naninani do you like?”, “Where do you want to go?”, etc.


  • Review the vocabulary from the previous lesson(s)
  • Parts of the face: Head, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, cheek
  • Sing “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes”x3, speeding up with verse
  • Directions: Go left, Go right, Go up, Go down, A little more, Stop, etc.

Activity One: Simon Says

  • Same Simon Says as always

Activity Two: Character Fukuwarai Battle

  • Divide class into two teams.
  • When the first two students are decided, have them come up to the board
  • At this point you have two options, depending on what you feel the Ss are comfortable with:
  • You can blindfold them and say “This is an ear.” as you put the part in their hand
  • Or you can show them the part and ask “What’s this?” and blindfold them when they answer correctly
  • Once blindfolded, spin them around three times.
  • Other students are to guide them to the correct placement (Note: This does get quite loud. You may decide to have only the next

person in line give directions.)

  • Students take turns placing parts of the face
  • Keep time on the teams. Fastest team wins!

Cool down:

  • Reinforce the vocabulary one last time