1) 15-20 minutes
Start the class with a game. For young kids, Big Fish Games doesn't always do such a good job. Children don't mind repetition and in many cases, it can be very useful. So, if they aren't tired of the ABC song and running games, by all means, continue using them. However, if you need some alternative games here are some examples:
Round The Chairs TPR
Have the students bring out some chairs. There should be one chair less than the number of students. For example, if there are 4 students, there should only be 3 chairs. Set the chairs up in a circle with the seats facing out. Move around the circle by using different commands such as walk, run, jump, hop and so on. The teacher should do the commands so the students can understand what they are supposed to do. Then yell "sit". The last student left standing must go touch a letter that you command. Sometimes, one of the TPR commands can be touch B-book or T-tiger etc.
1-2 touch your shoe
Stand in a circle and chant this song and do the actions in brackets:
1, 2 touch your shoe (reach down and touch your shoes)
3. 4 sit one the floor (sit down on the floor)
5, 6 kicks, kicks, kicks (kick your feet in the air)
7, 8 it is late (stretch your arms and pretend to go to sleep)
9, 10 stand up again (stand up)
At this point, you can carry on from the previous game and give some TPR commands, have them sit in the chairs or run and touch the letter that you command. Repeat the process for as long as they are interested.
The following links are examples of ABC games that can be played with the children: