• Animal Train - Animal Sounds Game

    Animal train is a very fun and noisy game for an elementary English lesson on animal names and onomatopoeic animal sounds.

  • Best Time Challenge

    Doing the 'best time challenge' is just a fun way to get an elementary class to practice asking and answering a target dialogue a few times as a class. Nothing special, but it works and the students get into it.

  • Blackboard Memory

    Blackboard memory is a vocab drilling activity that uses a memory challenge to let you vary how you are learning the lesson's English vocabulary. A great way to keep the students focused when they need more drill time.

  • Bomb Game

    The bomb game is good for drilling vocab or basic conversation phrases. Students must say the target word/phrase before passing the "bomb". Everyone gets very excited playing this game but watch out because tensions can get high.

  • Collecting Letters

    To practice the question and answer for "What do you want?", students exchange letter cards trying to spell out simple words. When a word is complete, points are earned.

  • Concentration

    The concentration game is a game of memory and recall. The students have to remember what has been said before them, then they have to recall the English vocabulary of the lesson (or previous lessons) to add their own word.

  • Count Around the Circle

    A classic for practicing numbers is the count around the circle game. Easy in concept, but because students tend to learn numbers once then not have much chance to use them after that, they fall out of practice. For that reason, count around the circle is also a good review warm-up for any lesson with many variations.

  • Do you have (something in your fridge)?

    Students ask each other about what they have in their fridge at home, right now. A mundane daily recall activity for all us home cooks but in the English class this becomes a fun thing for students to ask each other about. This activity also includes writing the English words.

  • Do you have a pen? - Hidden stationary game

    Students hide some stationary behind their back and their partners guess what it is.

  • Don't Stop Talking Challenge (Elementary)

    Students challenge their partner to see who can say the most things. The person who can't think of something to say within 5 seconds loses and the game is over.

  • Drawing Activity for Tall/Short or Long/Short

    Students make a fold out extend-a-picture that they can show off to their friends while using tall/short or long/short to describe their drawings. Once you show an example, your students will be eager to get artsy and create their own.

  • Facial Features - Draw a Face

    A fun English lesson activity for studying the facial features vocabulary. You can keep it very simple just using the nouns: nose, eyes, ears, etc, or you can include an easy question and answer.

  • Find Your Partner

    Find your partner is one of the most basic games for English lessons around and so simple that you can adapt it to fit pretty much any lesson's target phrase/language or vocabulary set.

  • Fly Swatter Game

    The fly swatter game is kids whacking the blackboard with (clean, I hope) fly swats. Every teacher knows this game and students love it. Good for reviewing vocab and just having a good time.

  • Freeze Chanting

    The freeze game is a fun way to get the younger, energetic (or rowdy) classes to expend some energy while drilling new vocabulary. Chanting English with a lot of movement and "Freeze!" thrown in to challenge students.

  • Fruit Basket

    Fruit basket is a wonderful game for reviewing vocabulary in elementary school English lessons. Wonderful because the students know the rules and wonderful because they love to play it (obviously not the older ones). With one less chair, the game revolves around changing where you sit while trying not to be the last one left without a seat.

  • Gesture Game

    The gesture game seems to have fallen out of fashion around my neck of the woods but I think it can still serve a purpose. The gesture game activity is simple and requires no extra preparation so can be used as planned or on the fly when you need to fill in an extra 5 or 10 minutes.

  • Gesture Relay Game

    The relay gesture game is a combination of running and gesturing as a group. It is a fun game to competitively practice any vocabulary or phrases that can be gestured.

  • Give Them What They Want

    Students walk around drawing things for their friends. First they ask what their talking partner wants, then beat the clock drawing it for them. Lot's of fun and simulates real use of the language.

  • Guess the Number

    Guess the number is a fun game, useful for practicing numbers one to one hundred. The good thing about this game is it gets the kids to think of the numbers they want to say in English.

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