English grammar for kids: there is / there are games

how to play

This is an enjoyable matching game for 2 - 4 players (or teams), very simple to play, designed to help kids learn and practise there is, there are in a fun way. In the game, players match tiles (text/picture) and get rid of their dominoes in order to win.

  • Mix up domino tiles and place them all face down on the table.
  • Players draw domino tiles at random and stands them in front of them so that their opponent cannot see them.
  • If two kids are playing, each player takes seven tiles. If three or four kids are playing, each player takes five tiles. The remaining dominoes form the draw pile.
  • Choose one kid that will begin. He or she places one of their dominoes on the table.
  • The next player must then place a matching domino next to the first one.
  • For example, if the first player started the game with the tile a lamb in the pram / There are bears on the chairs, the next player must play a domino that has bears on the chairs / There is a bee on the key.
  • Throughout the game, players can match a domino to any one of the two open ends of the trail. When a player cannot match an end, they take a domino from the draw pile.
  • Continue taking turns putting dominoes on the table until someone wins. The winner is the first kid to get rid of all of their dominoes.

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 read the text aloud, then match it with the right picture.
  • Kids change the sentence to plural or singular.
  • Kids answer the questions, for example, Is there a bear on the chair? Are there foxes in the boxes?
  • Looking at the picture on their cards, kids make their own questions.
  • Kids use there is, there are to make their own sentences.
  • If they can't say it in English, they can't put the domino down and miss the turn.


  • Print out domino cards (tiles). Laminate for future use.
  • Cut out the individual cards so that there is a picture at one end and a text at the other end. Learn more how to prepare our domino tiles (pdf).
  • Before playing the game revise or pre-teach the names of all the items on the domino cards.

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 there is and there are in English.

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