ESL Game 3 Heart Gun Bomb with cards

Heart, Gun, Bomb is one of the newest and funniest ESL games in the world. This game is specifically for ESL teachers who want to help their students learn faster and have fun at the same time.

Heart, Gun, Bomb can only be played on the board, but I’ll explain how to play a variation of this game using cards.

The rules for playing Heart, Gun, Bomb are as follows:

Divide the class into two teams.

Write the names of all the students below your team name and give each student three hit points.

Team 1

Barry ooo

Sally ooo

Mitch ooo

Susan ooo

Bill OOO

Team 2

Susan C. OOO

Jerry ooo

Sean OOO


Jill ooo

Next, draw a grid on the board with the number 1 – 10 at the top; and write the letters A – J on the far left. Now the students will be able to choose which box they want to choose.

Then ask each student to stand up; After answering a question in English, they can sit down. After each student has answered a question in English.

A player from team 1 can choose a square and then always switches to the other team; so that the game is fair.

In gun, heart, bomb

– A pistol can fire a hit point at the opposing team’s player.

– a heart can give an additional hit point to someone on that player’s team.

– A bomb will explode and destroy a life point of the person who collected it.

The game ends when one team has no more hit points; that’s how the other team would win.

To play this card game, the ESL teacher would first write on the board:

A = 4 guns

K = 3 guns

Q = 3 hearts

J = 1 gun and 1 heart

10 = 3 pumps

9 = 2 pumps

8 = 1 pump

7 = choose another card

6 = choose two cards

5 = 2 guns

4 = 1 weapon

3 = 2 hearts

2 = Lose your turn

When it is a student’s turn to choose a square on the grid; he / she will pick the box and then pick a card from the top of the deck. Whatever number he gets, the teacher will write the gun / heart / bomb in the box.

Play until there is a winner. And of course, this is just a guide. Feel free to get creative and add new elements, twists, or feel free to change the meaning of each card.

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