10 Best Games for Kids to Learn English


Teaching the concept of any language can be a tedious task for the parents, and the kids may find it boring too. However, whenever learning is combined with fun, it becomes interesting for the kids. Therefore, if you are looking for some fun ways to help your kid learn English, then we have some options for you. Here we shall be discussing some exciting and fun games that you may involve your kid to learn English.

Fun and Exciting English Learning Games for Children

The present generation children may despise age-old methods of teaching, and therefore, we as parents may be required to incorporate new teaching methods on a regular basis. Here are some fun and exciting English learning games for your child that may help him in getting a better grasp of the language:

1. Fruit Naming Game

This is a great game for learning the names of the fruits and increasing your child’s fruit vocabulary. For kids who are a bit older, the game can be turned into a sentence-forming game, where the kids will be required to make a sentence using the name of a fruit.


What You will Require

  • A ball
  • A group of children

How To Play

  • Tell the kids form in a circle.
  • The ball is given to one of the children and ask that kid to name a fruit and then pass on the ball to the other child.
  • The kid who has a ball in his hands will have to say the name of a fruit.
  • If a child is not able to say the new name or drops the ball, he is out of the game.

2. Guessing Game

This is one of the most interactive games for kids to learn English.


What You will Require

  • Random objects, which can be identified easily.
  • A handkerchief for blindfolding.

How To Play

  • Take random objects such as book, pencil, toy, flower and various other things and place them on a tray.
  • Blindfold the child and ask him to touch, feel and say out the name of the object loudly.
  • Ask him to spell out the name of the object.
  • Every correct spelling will fetch one point and one who gets maximum points, in the end, will be the winner.Marker pen

3. Match The Cards

This is one of the most interesting activities for kids to learn English.


What You will Require

  • White chart paper
  • Old children’s books.
  • Scissors

How To Play

  • Cut out squares from the chart paper make a few cards.
  • Now cut pictures and paste them on the chart paper cards.
  • Look for words that describe the pictures that you chose and paste them on the chart paper cards too.
  • Shuffle the cards and ask your kid to place the word-card and the matching picture-card, opposite to each other.
  • Let him finish placing all the pictures and words. In case he falters, helps him arrange the correct sequence.

4. Word Hunt

This game is one of the most exciting English learning games for kindergarten.


What You will Require

How To Play

  • Divide the cardboard into two parts.
  • On the left side ask your child to write all the letters of the alphabet vertically.
  • Now ask your child to look for words that start will letter ‘A’ from an old children’s magazine.
  • Tell him to start cutting the words and pasting them corresponding to the letter ‘A’ ( 5-10 words).
  • Keep doing this for all the letters.

5. The Word Fishing Game

This fishing game is a fun way of teaching the concepts of synonyms, antonyms or meaning of the words.


What You will Require

  • Construction paper
  • Yarn or thread
  • A wooden spoon
  • Colour Pens
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Glue
  • Magnet
  • Paper clips
  • Simple words (opposite)

How To Play

  • Cut out the small fish-shapes from the construction paper.
  • Write one word each on all the fishes (antonyms of the words, which you have written down)
  • Stick a paper clip on each fish.
  • You may involve your kids by asking them to colour the fishes.
  • Now stick a magnet on a wooden spoon and tie a thread on the other end (to give a look of a fishing rod)
  • You may read out words and ask your kid to fish out the antonyms. The magnet on the spoon will stick to the clip, and your kid will be able to pull out the fish.
  • Do this till your child gets all the answers correctly.

6. Word Balloon Game

This is a good game to teach the concept of spellings to children.


What You will Require

How To Play

  • Take a balloon and write the spellings of a word on it with a marker.
  • Start the game by placing the balloon in a child’s hand and asking him to say out the spellings loudly.
  • Keep passing on the balloon, until every child has shouted out the spelling.
  • Once everyone gets a chance, put the balloon in the centre and repeat the same sequence with other balloons.

7. Make The Words

This game is a great way of teaching new words and spellings to children.


What You will Require

  • Small cardboard cut outs
  • A marker pen.
  • A group of children.

How To Play

  • Take each cardboard cut out and write one letter of the alphabet on each one of them. You may have three to four sets of letter cut outs if more than 5 children are playing. Also, keep more vowel cutouts.
  • Spread the letters on the table.
  • Play this game turn wise. Ask every child to pick up three or more letters to make a word, as his turn comes.
  • The child who is able to make maximum words will be the winner.

8. Dumb Charades With Words

This is word guessing games using action. The twist to the usual charades game.


What You will Require

  • A group of children
  • Some words that can be acted.

How To Play

  • Divide the children into two groups.
  • Every child is given the word for example happiness, which he has to describe using some actions.
  • You may help the kids to do various actions to explain the words.
  • The team that gets the maximum correct guesses will be the winner.

9. Word Marathon

This is a very interesting game for teaching vocabulary to your child.


What You will Require

  • Sheets of paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Group of kids

How To Play

  • Give a sheet of paper and a pencil for every child.
  • Say a random letter and ask them to jot down as many words from that letter on a sheet of paper.
  • The game can be made more interesting by keeping a time limit and asking the kids to write words with the same letter but in different categories, for example, name, place, animal and thing, with the same letter.
  • The child who writes maximum correct words will be the winner.

10. Treasure Hunt

This is a great way of helping your kid understand and interpret the language. You may increase the difficulty level in understanding the clues according to the age of the children playing the game. This is a great party game too.


What You will Require

  • Some goodies to hide as treasure
  • Slips of paper with clues written on them.

How To Play

  • You can hide the goodies at various nooks and corners of the house.
  • You can start by explaining the first hint to the kids and ask them to follow the trail of hints to reach to the goodies.

Here we have discussed some fun and exciting games to help your kids learn English. You are welcome to make any changes or amends as per the age of your child. There is no denying that children may find the usual methods of teaching a bit boring. However, if you teach anything in a fun and exciting way, it is accepted in a positive manner by kids.

So what can be better than learning through play? If you wish to teach English to your word smart-oriented kid, these games are a way to go. You can also work on his other ‘smarts’ with FirstCry Intellikit – a learning program based on the theory of multiple intelligence, you can assist in his overall development with a fun approach!

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