picture crosswords
english classroom games for kids


classroom games ideas

Our picture crossword puzzles present a fun, educational way to help kids identify pictures and words, and they are a great tool for vocabulary teaching and revision. If your students enjoy this activity, you could expand it by playing related word games.

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

draw and guess


  • Divide students into two teams.
  • One kid from each team draws a picture on the board.
  • The first team to guess the word correctly scores a point.
  • If the words are easy to guess, you can make it harder by limiting the time to draw or to guess.

what's this


  • Start drawing a picture on the board.
  • After each line ask: What's this?
  • Pupils guess what it is.
  • The first student to guess correctly can draw the next picture.

guess and spell


  • Divide the class into two teams.
  • Show a picture to the first team, and ask one member for the word (one point) and for the spelling (another point).
  • If he/she cannot spell it, the other team can try for a bonus point.

draw it


  • Describe the picture of the word and ask your students to draw it.
  • This can also be organised as a team game, with a kid from each team coming up to the board to draw.

noughts and crosses


  • Draw on the board a Noughts and Crosses grid with your vocabulary words (or pictures) 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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english vocabulary worksheets for kids

There are 36 thematic picture crosswords 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 picture crosswords, you might find it helpful to use the quick guides.

ideas for classroom games and activities »
Our picture crosswords present a fun, educational way to help kids identify pictures and words, and they are a great tool for vocabulary teaching or revision. If your students enjoy this activity, you could expand it by playing related word games.

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

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