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Word games for learning English vocabulary

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bingo! games

Our bingo! cards are a fun way to build language skills. You can use them for introducing and practising vocabulary, and they are great to play word games. Here are some ideas.

Vocabulary games for ESL kids

Print out bingo! cards (one for each player plus one for a caller). If you want, you can stick every printout onto the heavy paper and laminate for future use.

Fun teaching resources

Prepare four place markers to each player. You can use pieces of paper, buttons or pawns as markers.
Or, you can use our templates.

Printable vocabulary games

Depending on your needs, you can choose different ways of covering items on the board (pictures or words).

how to play

  • Give one Bingo! card and four markers to each player. Decide who will be a caller.
  • Kids choose four pictures (or words), then cover them with their markers.
  • The caller calls out words for any of the pictures on the Bingo! card at random.
  • Kids uncover each of their chosen pictures (or words) that they hear the caller names.
  • The first person to uncover all four pictures (or words) calls Bingo!
  • He or she then becomes the caller and the game can be repeated.

Kids play the game by covering up a picture (or word) on their board each time they hear the word.

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classroom games ideas

There are several ways to use these cards in English class, and you are welcome to add your own ideas. Here are some suggestions to inspire you.

Use bingo! cards to practise new vocabulary by doing simple exercises. Students have copies of bingo! cards in front of them.

tip 1

  • In pairs, kids take turns giving each other commands, for example, Point to the... Find the words beginning with... , etc.

tip 2

  • Tell your students, for example, The dress is red. Kids colour the items. Finally, they compare pictures.

tip 3

  • Ask your students to write the words in ABC order, then in revise ABc order.

tip 4

  • Write a word on the board. Kids write the letters of that word in ABC order. For example, frog would be fgor.

tip 5

  • Say words in the mother tongue. Kids have to find and read aloud the English words.

tip 6

  • Say things related in meaning to the words on the flashcards, for example opposites or definitions.

tip 7

  • Ask kids to write as many words on the first letter of the topic as they can in five minutes.

tip 8

  • Have kids make sentences including one, two or as many of the card words as possible.

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picture dictionaries

Bingo! cards are great for playing vocabulary games, but you can use them in many other ways. For example, kids can collect these cards to make their own picture dictionaries.

Make your own dictionary

Collect our bingo! cards to make your own picture dictionary. You can colour the pictures.

Print your worksheets

Print them on card stock and laminate for long use. Or just keep them in sheet protectors.

Keep your worksheets together

Find a great place to store your cards together. It can be a binder, accordion file or portfolio.

pdf files to download and print

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download and print our worksheets.

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learning and teaching resources

english vocabulary worksheets for kids

There are 36 thematic bingo! cards to choose from. Designed for further practice, they complete our online resources. However, you can use these worksheets independently, in any way you like.

To start using our bingo! cards, you might find it helpful to use the quick guides.

ideas for classroom games and activities »
Our bingo! cards are a fun way to build language skills. You can use them for introducing and practising vocabulary, and they are great to play various word games.

related online activities »
Take the learning online! We offer a variety of word games that go well with the bingo! cards.

printable worksheets »
Here you can browse, download and print all bingo! cards sorted alphabetically by topic.