Word games for learning English vocabulary

Bingo! Cards

classroom games tips and ideas

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Our Bingo! cards are a fun way to build language skills. You can use them for introducing and practising vocabulary, and they are great to play various word games.

Who doesn't like to play classroom games? Here are some ideas for using our Bingo! cards in your English class:

The games listed below focus on spelling, writing and vocabulary building, and the game ideas can be used just to practise any vocabulary. There are several ways to use these cards in English class, and you are welcome to add your own ideas. Here are some suggestions to inspire you.

To browse all of our bingo! cards sorted alphabetically by topic, use this resource guide. Also, we offer a variety of online word games that go well with these printables.

bingo! games

Our Bingo is adapted from the game of bingo, and it is a very simple version of this game. Depending on your needs, you can choose different ways of covering items on the board (pictures or words).

Vocabulary games for ESL kids

Print out bingo! cards (one for each player plus one for a caller). If you want, you can stick every printout onto the heavy paper and laminate for future use.

Fun teaching resources

Prepare four place markers to each player. You can use pieces of paper, buttons or pawns as markers.

Printable vocabulary games

Depending on your needs, you can choose different ways of covering items on the board (pictures or words).

how to play

  • Give one Bingo! card and four markers to each player. Decide who will be a caller.
  • Kids choose four pictures (or words), then cover them with their markers.
  • The caller calls out words for any of the pictures on the Bingo! card at random.
  • Kids uncover each of their chosen pictures (or words) that they hear the caller names.
  • The first person to uncover all four pictures (or words) calls Bingo!
  • He or she then becomes the caller and the game can be repeated.

Kids play the game by covering up a picture (or word) on their board each time they hear the word.

classroom games ideas

Use bingo! cards to practise new vocabulary by doing simple exercises. Students have copies of bingo! cards in front of them.

tip 1

In pairs, kids take turns giving each other commands, for example, Point to the... Find the words beginning with... , etc.

tip 2

Tell your students, for example, The dress is red. Kids colour the items. Finally, they compare pictures.

tip 3

Ask your students to write the words in ABC order, then in revise ABc order.

tip 4

Write a word on the board. Kids write the letters of that word in ABC order. For example, frog would be fgor.

tip 5

Say words in the mother tongue. Kids have to find and read aloud the English words.

tip 6

Say things related in meaning to the words on the flashcards, for example opposites or definitions.

tip 7

Ask kids to write as many words on the first letter of the topic as they can in five minutes.

tip 8

Have kids make sentences including one, two or as many of the card words as possible.

picture dictionaries

Bingo! cards are great for playing vocabulary games, but you can use them in many other ways. For example, kids can collect these cards to make their own picture dictionaries.

Make your own dictionary

Collect our bingo! cards to make your own picture dictionary. You can colour the pictures.

Print your worksheets

Print them on card stock and laminate for long use. Or just keep them in sheet protectors.

Keep your worksheets together

Find a great place to store your cards together. It can be a binder, accordion file or portfolio.