English grammar for kids: verb can games

how to play

This is a game for 2 - 4 players. Kids move along the game track that is made of both playing and wild cards (see the example below). The playing cards are double-sided and self-checking, with the task on one side, and the answer on the reverse.

Printable games to practise English grammar
Grammar games to revise English verbs

  • Shuffle playing and wild cards. Make your own game course by placing the cards on the floor (or table).
  • Students roll the dice and land on a card.
  • If it is a wild card, they follow the instruction (e.g. Miss a turn, Sing an English song).
  • If it is a playing card, they read the question, for example, Can she play tennis? Then he or she has to give the right answer (check by flipping the card).
  • The questions have three different levels of difficulty and are coded with stars (easy - one star, medium - two stars, hard - three stars).
  • Each correct answer gains points (one star - 1 point; two stars - 2 points; three stars - 3 points). The student with the most points wins the game.

how to extend the game

There are several ways to extend the game, and you are welcome to add your own ideas. Here are some suggestions to inspire you.

  • Kids win extra points by answering your own questions. For example, What about you? Can you play tennis?
  • Additionally, kids have to guess your silly riddles (that correspond to the tasks on their cards). For example, if the card shows a girl that cannot swim, you can say All butterflies can swim. True or false?
  • Kids use the verb can to make their own sentences. If they can't say it in English, they miss the turn.


  • Print out playing and wild cards. Laminate for future use.
  • Cut out the individual cards, fold them and glue. Learn more how to prepare our cards (pdf). They are double-sided.
  • Before playing the game revise or pre-teach the names of all the items on the playing cards.
  • You will need a place marker for each player and a dice to play the game. If you would like to make your own paper markers, you can use our colourful templates.

ideas for classroom games

  • Depending on your needs and goals, you can use the playing cards to play different games such as memory, matching or guessing games.
  • You are welcome to add your own ideas. For some suggestions, check out our 22 Flashcards Games handbook (pdf).

Flashcards and posters to teach the verb can in English.

Fun, challenging activities to practise the verb can in English.