Topic-based vocabulary units for ESL kids

Vocabulary for kids learning English

topic-based units guide

learning and teaching resources

Below you will find a picture guide to our topic-based units. Scroll down to explore!

What's in the topic-based units

There are 36 thematic units reflecting kids' interests (for example, Colours, Fruits, Toys, Wild Animals). Each unit introduces twelve new words. They reappear both in the activities to play online and in the games and worksheets to download and print.

Visit the section overview page to get information about how the section is structured, and learn more about the content of each unit. There are also suggestions for using our resources in class.

How to browse

Here, in one place, you can browse all of them sorted alphabetically by topic. Each particular unit is presented in its own box, which contains direct links to the content pages. Underneath the links there is a relevant wordlist (vocabulary for the unit).

We hope this guide can be useful in helping you to find and choose suitable material for you and your students.


English resources: Autumn
  • wordlist
  • acorns, apple, chestnuts, flower, hedgehog, leaves, mushroom, pear, pumpkin, rain, squirrel, umbrella

English resources: Bathroom
  • wordlist
  • bath, brush, comb, mirror, shampoo, shower, sink, soap, sponge, toothbrush, toothpaste, towel

English resources: Body
  • wordlist
  • body, ear, eye, feet, hair, hand, head, legs, mouth, neck, nose, tooth

English resources: Christmas
  • wordlist
  • angel, ball, bell, chain, Christmas tree, elf, gingerbread, holly, present, Santa Claus, star, stocking


English resources: Clothes
  • wordlist
  • blouse, cap, coat, dress, jacket, scarf, shirt, shoes, skirt, socks, sweater, trousers

English resources: Colours
  • wordlist
  • black, blue, brown, green, grey, orange, pink, purple, red, violet, white, yellow

English resources: Domestic Animals
  • wordlist
  • cat, cow, donkey, duck, goat, goose, hen, horse, pig, rabbit, sheep, turkey

English resources: Drinks
  • wordlist
  • beer, cocktail, cocoa, coffee, juice, kefir, lemonade, milk, soda, tea, water, wine


English resources: Easter
  • wordlist
  • basket, bunny, cake, catkin, chick, daffodil, duckling, Easter egg, hen, lamb, lily, spring

English resources: Family
  • wordlist
  • aunt, baby, brother, daddy, family, grandma, grandpa, mummy, parents, pets, sister, uncle

English resources: Feelings
  • wordlist
  • angry, bored, cold, happy, hot, sad, scared, shy, sleepy, surprised, tired, worried

English resources: Food
  • wordlist
  • bread, buns, butter, cake, cheese, chips, egg, hamburger, ice cream, pizza, sandwich, sausages


English resources: Fruits
  • wordlist
  • apple, banana, cherry, grapes, lemon, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, plum, strawberry, watermelon

English resources: Furniture
  • wordlist
  • armchair, bed, bookcase, chair, cupboard, desk, drawers, shelf, sofa, stool, table, wardrobe

English resources: Halloween
  • wordlist
  • ghost, goblin, haunted house, mask, monster, moon, mummy, pumpkin, scarecrow, skeleton, vampire, witch

English resources: Halloween Animals
  • wordlist
  • bat, cat, crow, frog, lizard, moth, mouse, owl, snail, snake, spider, wolf


English resources: Insects
  • wordlist
  • ant, bee, beetle, butterfly, centipede, dragonfly, fly, grasshopper, ladybird, mosquito, moth, worm

English resources: Kitchen
  • wordlist
  • cooker, cup, fork, fridge, kettle, knife, mug, pan, plate, pot, spoon, teapot

English resources: Living Room
  • wordlist
  • armchair, carpet, clock, curtains, fireplace, lamp, phone, picture, plant, sofa, table, TV set

English resources: Occupations
  • wordlist
  • cook, doctor, driver, farmer, fireman, mechanic, nurse, policeman, postman, secretary, seller, teacher


English resources: Pencase
  • wordlist
  • clips, crayons, eraser, glue, paintbrush, paints, pen, pencil, ruler, scissors, sharpener, tape

English resources: Pets
  • wordlist
  • canary, cat, dog, ferret, fish, hamster, lizard, mouse, parrot, pony, rabbit, turtle

English resources: School
  • wordlist
  • board, book, calculator, classroom, diploma, globe, map, notebook, pencase, schoolbag, student, teacher

English resources: Sport
  • wordlist
  • athletics, basketball, boxing, cycling, fencing, figure skating, football, hockey, skiing, speed skating, swimming, tennis


English resources: Spring Flowers
  • wordlist
  • anemone, bluebell, crocus, daffodil, daisy, freesia, iris, lilac, lily, snowdrops, tulip, violet

English resources: Summer
  • wordlist
  • ball, crab, hat, hot, ice cream, sandcastle, shell, sun, sunflower, sunglasses, tent, umbrella

English resources: Time
  • wordlist
  • one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve o'clock

English resources: Town
  • wordlist
  • bank, church, cinema, gas station, hospital, library, museum, post office, restaurant, school, supermarket, theatre


English resources: Toys
  • wordlist
  • ball, balloons, blocks, board game, boat, car, doll, drum, kite, plane, teddy bear, train

English resources: Transport
  • wordlist
  • bike, boat, bus, car, helicopter, lorry, motorcycle, plane, scooter, ship, train, van

English resources: Valentine's Day
  • wordlist
  • birds, chocolate, cupcake, cupid, flower, gift, heart, kiss, puppy, ring, sweets, valentine

English resources: Vegetables
  • wordlist
  • cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, leek, lettuce, onion, parsley, peas, potato, tomato


English resources: Verbs
  • wordlist
  • cry, drink, eat, read, run, sing, sit, sleep, smile, talk, think, write

English resources: Weather
  • wordlist
  • cloud, cold, frost, hail, hot, rain, rainbow, snow, storm, sun, warm, wind

English resources: Wild Animals
  • wordlist
  • crocodile, elephant, giraffe, hippo, kangaroo, kiwi, lion, rhino, seal, snake, tiger, zebra

English resources: Winter
  • wordlist
  • cap, cold, icicles, mittens, scarf, skate, ski, sledge, snow, snowball, snowflake, snowman