wordsearch puzzles
english classroom games for kids


classroom games ideas

Wordsearch puzzles are popular classroom games, useful for vocabulary teaching and revision, and kids love them. To expand this activity or to give your students extra practice, have them play related classroom 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.


ESL clasroom games
  • bigger, smaller
  • It is a fun activity for writing practice. Ask your students to write words changing the size of letters.
Vocabulary games for English learners
  • first word, last word
  • Choose a word. Kids write it vertically, then use each letter in that word as the first letter of their words (e.g. from the same topic).
Word games for the classroom
  • mirror writing
  • Kids write the words backwards and from right to left. Then, by using the mirror, they can correct their own work.

write the words


  • Working individually (or in pairs), your students have to write down as many vocabulary words as they can in the time limit (for example, two minutes).
  • The player with the most correct words is the winner.

letters and words


  • Put a word on the board and have teams or individuals make as many words as possible from those letters.
  • For example, elephant = ant, net, pet, hat, help, etc.

across or down


  • Students have copies of a wordsearch 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.

memorize the words


  • Write a list of words on the board. Give your student time to memorize the words, then erase everything except for the first letter of each word.
  • The kids then have to write the list in their notebooks as quickly as possible.

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learning and teaching resources

english vocabulary worksheets for kids

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

ideas for classroom games and activities »
Wordsearch puzzles are popular classroom games, useful for vocabulary teaching and revision, and kids love them. To expand this activity or to give your students extra practice, have them play related classroom games.

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

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