Category Archives for "Young Learner ESL Games & Resources"

Mustache Smash – A great game for Reading, Listening & Speaking

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Mustache Smash is an absolutely awesome way to practice Reading, Listening & Speaking in your ESL or EFL classroom.   It’s very similar to the classic game Hammers , however Mustache Smash requires a little more space  and a timer.  In  case you haven’t noticed, we love using timers in our games.  A timer instantly […]

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Hieroglyphics is a great alternative to charades you can use in adult classes.

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This ESL Game is a twist on the classic ESL game Charades.   In Charades, Students act out a word or phrase without speaking while their classmates try to guess what it is.  Charades is a great game for kids. But sometimes in high school and adult classes, charades gets a little uncomfortable.Hieroglyphics is the perfect […]

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How to have an alphabet board game with LEEP Racemats

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This alphabet board game is a great way to make learning to read phonetically a little more fun for teachers and students a like.  This is one of many ways we use our LEEP Racemats but as you can see in the video, not only do I play this game with students, I’ve also used […]

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How To Use LEEP Placemats To Teach Children To Read

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When our students are just beginning to learn how to read we like to introduce the letters of the alphabet using a LEEP  Placemat.  The LEEP Alphabet placemats are a really effective tool for easing children int reading and building up a sense of familiarization with each letter. Two of the most important aspects of reading […]

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Listen and Draw is a great comprehension check for any lesson about prepositions.

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This Game is one of the first games I ever used in class.  It builds on one of our first activities, the  Preposition Chant.  The Preposition Chant helps students learn 7 basic prepositions quickly by using a total physical response method for language learning. The only materials required to play Listen and Draw are a pencil and paper. A stuffed animal […]

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How To Teach Phonics With A Letter Swap

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Letter Swaps are as fun and easy way to let your students play around with the different sounds in their names.  This post shows you how to use 2 fast and fun phonics activities to grab your students attention.  The Details About Letter Swaps:​The only materials required are a whiteboard or a piece of paper and a marker.​A […]

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How to teach body related vocabulary with the “Duck Game”.

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This classroom game comes to us from Nicole P. Nicole is a very active member of the Easy ESL Games community and has suggested some great games. Nicole is currently teaching ESL classes to 6 year olds in Israel.This game is called Duck. It’s similar to the game “Simon Says” in the way it teaches […]

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How To Use Pictionary In Your EFL Classroom

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This is a really fun game that sure to be a hit. You might know it as Pictionary, or Listen and Draw. It’s great for vocabulary review and question and answer practice. A game usually lasts between 15 and 20 minutes.The Details About Pictionary: ​You can use it to practice almost any vocabulary item.The materials you’ll […]

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Make A Snake is a classroom game that creates a need for students to speak!

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Make A Snake is a fun and exhausting game that requires almost no preparation but gets tons of question and answer practice in a short amount of time. The Details About Make A Snake:It’s perfect for question and answer practice.It’s highly adaptable.Each game lasts between 1 and 2 minutes, but you can play multiple times. […]

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Tic Tac Twist is an easy way to “create-a-need” for students to use vocabulary items.

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This game is a great twist on Tic Tac Toe that can work with almost any subject.​In this example we’ll use food as our topic and “What do you like?” “I like bananas.” as the language target. Materials:9 different lesson related vocabulary cards A whiteboard.Magnets.A whiteboard marker.How to:1) Split your class into two teams.2) Pre-teach the vocabulary […]

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3 Card Hold’em is an easy vocabulary review you can use directly after teaching new words.

3 Card Hold’em is a fun and easy way to get your class using newly learned vocabulary and target language right away! It’s extremely simple to use and 3 Card Hold’em is guaranteed to be fun for your whole ESL/EFL class. The Details About 3 Card Hold’em:3 card hold’em is vocabulary review.The only materials required are […]

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How to use the song Red Ball to teach colours in your EFL classroom!

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This classroom game works great as a warm up activity or a vocabulary review.  It’s adaptable,  it gets your students moving and it’s as much fun as a bucket of coloured balls. The Details About Red Ball:​This song is used to teach colour.​It works best with children under the age of 6.Required Materials:  Some Color […]

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