Teaching Activities for Children

We have hundreds of ESL teaching activities, language games and craft ideas for children. Come to this page if you teach kids and need free teaching resources.

 
 
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Ups vs Downs

This classroom game is so simple it's genius! For this game, you'll need 20 plastic or paper cups. Make a large space in your classroom and place the cups on the floor in a 4 x 5 grid.

Put 10 cups facing upwards and 10 cups facing downwards... 

 
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Balloon Volleyball

Clear a big area in your classroom and divide your students into two teams. Put a line of chairs down the middle of the classroom to divide it into two halves.

Have your students spread out on each side of the 'net' like two volleyball teams....

 
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Pass the Cabbage

We've all played pass the parcel at birthday parties or at Christmas, passing the gift around the circle with fast background music on and when the music stops, the person holding the gift must take a layer of wrapping off. This cool kids ESL game is a take on that, using printed pictures or written words as wrapping!

 
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Word Box

This is a fantastic review activity for your class and is perfect if you have an old cardboard box sitting around doing nothing in your house. Choose some key vocabulary which the class has been studying in the last few weeks.... 

 
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Hot Marker

The problem with Chinese Whispers, especially in China where I teach, is that children often try to get an advantage by shouting what the message is down to the front of the line, missing out half the line, rather than whispering the message from person to person. The children will 'win' the game, without practicing their English skills. 'Hot Marker' aims to stop this happening.