Printable games for kids

Simon Says

a flashcard game for kids learning English

what you need

  • To play this game, you will need a set of flashcards.
  • Depending on your needs, make your own flashcards or scroll down for our printables.
  • Our printables are in pdf format. To download them, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • You can use this activity to teach vocabulary on a variety of topics, such as animals, colours, food, etc.

more game ideas

Flashcards are great resources to play different learning games, such as matching, memory, drilling, guessing or indication activities. If you follow this link - Flashcard fun! - you will find lots of ideas and suggestions for using our cards in class or at home.

how to play

This flashcard game idea can be adapted to any language concept (in this case, to our Giving Commands topic). The instructions below are just a starting point to inspire you.

  • Students put their flashcards face up on their desks.
  • Tell the students that they will hold up their cards or not, depending on whether they hear you say Simon says.
  • To begin the game, say, for example, Simon says B like banana. The students should hold up their B cards.
  • If you say, for example, B like banana, they should do nothing.