english classroom games for kids

classroom games ideas

Crossword puzzles are popular classroom games, useful for vocabulary teaching and revision, and kids love them. There are 36 topic-based crosswords to choose from. If your students enjoy this activity, you could expand it by playing related word games.

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

across or down

  • Students have copies of a crossword puzzles in front of them.
  • One kid chooses the longest word from the list and writes it vertically on the board in capital letters, from top to bottom.
  • The other kids come up one by one and add other words from the list, like in a crossword puzzle, across or down.

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.
  • Read the definition of a word. The first student to circle the correct word wins a point for his/her team.

noughts and crosses

  • Draw on the board a Noughts and Crosses grid with your vocabulary words in the boxes.
  • Divide the class into two teams. Team A plays with an X and Team B with an O.
  • Team A chooses a box and say the definition of the word.
  • If the answer is correct, rub out the word and write an X in the box. If the answer is wrong, and Team B can correct it with their first guess, you write an O in that box. Then Team B takes the turn, etc.
  • The winner is the team which first completes a line in any direction (vertically, horizontally or diagonally).

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learning and teaching resources

english vocabulary worksheets for kids

There are 36 thematic crossword puzzles with verbal clues 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 crossword puzzles, you might find it helpful to use the quick guides.

ideas for classroom games and activities »
If your students like solving crosswords, you could expand this activity by playing related word games. Here are some suggestions.

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

printable worksheets »
Here you can browse, download and print all crossword puzzles sorted alphabetically by topic.