Picture tests for ESL kids

Picture Tests

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Below you will find some tips and ideas on how to use our interactive picture tests in the classroom. Scroll down to explore!

Interactive picture tests

There are 36 topic-based online picture tests for kids learning English. Depending on needs, they can be used as revising activities to play online, or as a fun starting point for further work. Also, you can download some corresponding worksheets to learn offline.

Tips on how to use

Find out more about how to play our picture tests to learn and practise English vocabulary online, and check out additional games that you can use in your class to expand this activity or to give your students extra practice:

How to browse

To browse all of our picture tests sorted alphabetically by topic, use this resource guide. For worksheets that go well with our online activities, visit the printable resources section.

how to play picture tests

Our online picture tests, focused on basic English vocabulary, are fun, easy to play, and suitable for very beginners. In each test there are twelve tasks. You can choose them in random order. Here you will find some tips and ideas on how to play these games.

Practise English through games

To start, choose the task from the menu at the top of the game board. The tasks are numbered from one to twelve, but you can choose them in random order. The selected task will be highlighted in yellow. Now you can see one word and four black and white pictures of four different words. Choose the picture that matches the word.

Learn English while playing games

If you are right, the picture of the word will appear in colour and you hear the pronunciation. Also, the word will change its colour.

Then try the next task. Look at the menu. Each solved task will be marked by colouring its number in green or blue (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 in green; 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 in blue).

activity ideas

If your students enjoy this online activity, you could expand it (or give your students extra practice) by playing related word games. Here are some ideas to inspire you. These activities can be used in any topic!

Learning English vocabulary

Each player choose six words, then draws pictures of them on a piece of paper. Players take turns calling out a word. When a word is called out, everyone who has that word crosses it out. The first player to cross out all his/her words is the winner.

Teaching English vocabulary

Choose a word and have a kid act it out. Or mime the word to the whole class. The class try to guess what the word is. The student who guesses the word gets to mime the next word.

Teaching English in a fun way

Describe the picture of the word and ask your students to draw it. This can also be organised as a team game, with a kid from each team coming up to the board to draw.

English vocabulary: fun exercises

Start drawing an object on the board, and after each line ask: What's this? Kids guess what it is. The first person to guess correctly has to spell the word correctly to gain the point, otherwise the point goes to the opposing team.