Copy Me

  This is simply a game of copycat.  The teacher uses a combination of clapping and sounds to make a pattern.  Students need to copy what the teacher says/does.  This can start with a simple pattern of only 2-3 and can extend to add more. To make it even more…


Red Elbow

This game involves the teacher calling out a colour and a body part.  Students must find an object in the room that is that colour and then touch the selected body part to that object.  For example, if the teacher calls out pink thumb, then students need to find an…


Lost on a Deserted Island

The situation is dire — following a shipwreck, everyone has been stranded on a deserted island!  Each person is allowed to bring one object to the island — ideally something that represents them or something that they enjoy.  The first part of this icebreaker is simple: each person is asked to…


Chain Reaction

  You can easily adapt this game to many areas of the curriculum. The teacher writes a category on the chalkboard — foods, for example. Each student writes the letters A to Z on a sheet of paper. The students have five minutes to create an alphabetical list of as…

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Dictionary Deception

This game is based on a popular box game. To start the game, the teacher chooses a word for which no student will know the meaning. The teacher writes the word on the chalkboard and writes the definition of the word on a sheet of paper from a small pad….



There are fun and exciting ways to get your students more engaged in their vocabulary. Different students learn differently and while a sports-themed game might work well for some, sitting down to quietly list the words might be better for another. Have one student sit in the front of the…


This is another game that works well with any age group; children love it because they can get creative in the classroom, teenagers love it because it doesn’t feel like they’re learning, and adults love it because it’s a break from the monotony of learning a new language – even…


Board Race

Board Race is a fun game that is used for revising vocabulary, whether it be words from the lesson you’ve just taught or words from a lesson you taught last week. It can also be used at the start of the class to get students active. It is a great…


Cave Run Multiplication

Cave Run takes learning the multiplication facts to a new level.  In this game, you gather coins while exploring an underground cave.  Be careful of the underground volcanoes, boulders, ice traps, and crevasses. Your explorer starts running along the cave floor collecting gold coins.  Click on the mouse to make…


Undersea maze

What a maze!!! Can you help the little fish out of the maze please?

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