circle-the-word tests
english classroom games for kids


classroom games ideas

Our circle-the-word tests are easy matching activites to help kids identify pictures and words. They are a fun way to revise vocabulary. If your students enjoy this activity, you could expand it by playing related word games.

The games listed below focus on spelling, reading and vocabulary building. They require minimal preparation and can be used just to practise any vocabulary.

circle the words


  • Write your vocabulary words on the board. The words are not in any order but scattered all over.
  • Divide the class into two teams. Give a piece of chalk to a kid from each team.
  • Say a word. The first student to circle the word wins a point for his / her team.

memorize the words


  • Divide the class into two teams.
  • Write a list of words on the board. Give your students time to study the words, then erase everything.
  • Now, teams should tell you one of the words from the list. If they correct, they earn a point for their team.

spell the words


  • Divide the class into two teams.
  • One member from each team comes to the board. They each say a word for the other to write on the board.
  • The class corrects any mistakes.
  • Correctly-written words win a point for the team. A wrongly-spelt word loses a point.

cross the words


  • On the board write vocabulary words that will be used in the game. Each pupil chooses five words and writes them down (or draws their pictures).
  • Each pupil chooses five words and writes them down (or draws their pictures). Say aloud words in different order.
  • When a student hears a word he/she has written or drawn, he/she crosses it out. The winner is the player who is the first to cross all the words.

erase the words


  • Divide kids into two teams.
  • Write two lists of vocabulary words on the board, one for each member of each team.
  • Each team forms a line leading to the board.
  • The first child on each team goes up to the board, points at the first word in the team’s column, and reads aloud that word.
  • If the pupil reads the word correctly, he or she erases that word.
  • The student then moves to the back of his or her team’s line.
  • The first team to erase all the words on their list wins.

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english vocabulary worksheets for kids

There are 36 thematic circle-the-word picture tests 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 circle-the-word tests, you might find it helpful to use the quick guides.

ideas for classroom games and activities »
Our circle-the-word tests are a fun way to revise vocabulary. If your students enjoy this activity, you could expand it by playing related word games.

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