10 Fun English Learning Games And Activities For Kids

One of the best ways of teaching English to children is by introducing them to English learning games and activities for kindergarten. A game or activity makes any learning process easier because it’s fun and exciting.

When language learning is imposed, your children may find it challenging due to the rigid curriculum and lack of engaging resources. It takes away the fun element and leaves them with absolute disinterest. Thus, teaching children the language through games can help them grasp the language better. Also, digital or online resources have revolutionized language learning, providing learners with convenient access to interactive tools and immersive experiences.

Keep scrolling as we have listed some interesting games that can help improve the basic English literacy skills of kindergarteners.

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10 Fun English Learning Games And Activities

1. Fish Me A Word:

You Will Need:

  • A list of simple words
  • Piece of yarn
  • Construction paper
  • Pen
  • Crayons
  • One big wooden spoon
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 12 paper clips
  • Magnet

How To:

  • Guide your child to cut 12 shapes of fishes out of the white construction paper.
  • Write one word from the list of simple words on each paper fish using a pen.
  • Attach one paper clip to the each paper fish.
  • Tie one wooden spoon at one end of the string and magnet to its other end. Use the spoon as the fishing rod.
  • Now, spread 12 paper fishes on the ground and tell your kid to use the fishing rod and fish out a paper fish which has the word that you will spell out.
  • Call out one word, your child will bring the magnet attached to the fishing rod near the paper clip attached to the fish having your said word, and catch the paper fish.
  • Every time your child picks the perfect one tell her to spell the entire word loudly. This is a fun and interactive games for kids to learn English words.

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If your children are older, you can make compound word paper fishes. They can pick two fish one by one that completes a compound word, such as ‘straw’ and ‘berry.’

2. Alphabet Hunt:

Alphabet hunt, English learning games

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You Will Need:

  • Children’s magazine, such as ‘Time for Kids.’
  • Large sheet of a cardboard
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Scissors

How To:

  • Create a column on the left side of big cardboard sheet and tell your child to write all 26 alphabets in that column starting from A in the first row and ending with Z in the last row.
  • Now, give your kid the last issue of children’s magazine that contains lots of images, and ask her to hunt for a picture which begins with each alphabet. For instance, tell your little learner to find a picture which starts with ‘A’ like apple or airplane. Write the name of the image in the front of alphabet ‘A’ on the cardboard. You can also help her cut out the image and paste it across A on the cardboard.
  • The game continues till your kid finds images for all the alphabets.

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If your child likes to move a lot and has a short attention span, make this game an alphabet scavenger hunt. Challenge them to find different items beginning with a specific letter in your room.

3. Word Recognition Activity:

You Will Need:

  • Lots of index cards
  • Marker
  • Old magazines having several images
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How To:

  • Write some simple words, which are easy to represent with pictures, on one set of index cards.
  • Cut images of the written words from the old magazines and glue them on the other set of index cards.
  • Spread all the index cards facing up on the table, and tell your kid to match each written word with its corresponding image. The activity completes after your child matches all the words with their related images. It can be one of the best games to practice English comprehension for kids.

Fun English word games encourage creativity, foster understanding of sentence structure, and promote storytelling skills.

4. Blindfold Guess:

You Will Need:

  • A thick handkerchief or small towel
  • Lots of easily recognizable objects

How To:

  • Spread lots of plastic objects, such as plastic animals, ball, and other toys that children can easily recognize just with a touch.
  • Blindfold the kids one-by-one and tell them to touch the objects with their hands and guess them.
  • Kids should name the objects that they feel with the spellings.

In addition to sharpening their sensory motor skills, this is an entertaining way of identifying common household objects.

5. ABC Balloon Game:

The activity continues till all the balloons are in play.

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You Will Need:

  • 26 balloons
  • A group of four or more kids.
  • Permanent black marker

How To:

  • Inflate all 26 balloons with air (no helium).
  • Use the black permanent marker and write one alphabet on each inflated balloon. Likewise, 26 items will have 26 alphabets one on each ball.
  • Make your kids sit in a circle. Make your kids sit in a circle. Now, you toss the ball with the letter “A” on it to a child in the circle, engaging in speaking out the letter loudly. Make the players shout the letter aloud and flip the ball in the circle without letting it fall and touch the ground.
  • Add balloon B by tossing it to the particular kid, who held ball A first, and tell children to shout the letter and throw it in the circle.
  • Keep on adding the other balloons. Once a ball falls and touches the ground, eliminate that it, and tell kids to shout the alphabet. The activity continues till all the balloons are in play.
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Use brightly colored balloons to encourage children’s interest. You can also put on some pleasant music in the background to make the experience truly enjoyable.

6. Apple Pass:

You Will Need:

  • A group of kindergarteners
  • One plastic apple

How To:

  • Make all the kids sit in a circle. Get a plastic apple and toss it to one of the children saying one of the fruit words as you pass it.
  • Tell kids to throw the apple at another child and pronounce a different fruit name. Circulate the apple in the circle and every time a child passes the apple she needs to pronounce a different fruit name and pass. If the kid fails to say the name of a new fruit or she drops down the apple, then she is out. Apple pass is one of the best fun activities for kids to learn English language.

The main aim of this game is to develop English literacy, enrich vocabulary and fluency.

7. Doctor Reading Game:

Give your child sticky notes and ask them to write the names of various body parts.

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You Will Need:

  • Sticky notes
  • Doctor toys
  • Pen

How To:

  • Provide your child many sticky notes and tell her to write the names of several body parts, namely ears, forehead, nose, mouth, arm, leg, hand, stomach, neck, ankle, knee, foot, heart, and toe.
  • Place all the notes facing upwards on a table so your child can pick them up with ease.
  • Acquaint your child with the body parts corresponding to the names written on the notes through proper communication.
  • Tell your kid to become a doctor and you act as a patient.
  • Choose one of the sticky notes without picking it and act as if the particular body part hurts you.
  • Tell your child to locate the body part, find the note, and place it on the correct area of your body. Then, pretend that your another body part is suffering the pain and repeat the activity till all sticky notes are gone.

This game provides good educational ideas to motivate children for their future by stimulating their imagination.

8. Simon Says Spell:

You Will Need:

  • A group of kindergartners
  • Lots of objects

How To:

  • Gather a group of kids and acquaint them with various objects.
  • Tell them that you will mention a letter in a sentence and children need to find and touch the object. For instance, you will say ‘Simon says touch an object beginning with ‘B’’ then students need to figure out objects in the surrounding, such as a ball, bin, boots, and other item starting with B and touch them.
  • If a kid feels a wrong item by mistake, she is out. This is one of the interesting activities to learn and enhance English for kids in an easy way.

9. Guess Emotions:

You Will Need:

  • A group of kids
  • A sheet of paper
  • Pen

How To:

  • Teach a group of students various facial emotions and their wording, such as happiness, sleepy, angry, surprised, sad, and grumpy.
  • Play emotions-guessing game. You act out one of the emotions and tell kindergarteners to guess it. The kid who guesses it correct the first should act out and guess the next emotion.

Playing these games forms an intimate human connection and bonding that technology cannot replicate.

10. Make Words Game:

The child who makes the maximum number of words is the winner.

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You Will Need:

  • Lots of pieces of small card papers
  • Black marker
  • A group of children

How To:

  • Write one letter on one piece of card paper. Likewise, continue by writing one letter on each card piece, thus completing all 26 letters.
  • Spread the pieces of card papers on the table in a random manner.
  • Tell your kindergartner to choose the letters from the group of the paper pieces and create simple words, such as cat, hat, cap, tea, and other simple words.
  • The child who makes the maximum number of words out of the group of alphabets is the winner.

Through these above-mentioned games, children can improve their English grammar and phonics in an easy and exciting manner that will boost their overall education.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can English be learned through games?

Yes, playing games to learn English is an excellent approach to learning the language. Children who are shy or fear making mistakes may also benefit from playing games to learn the language.

2. Is Duolingo a game-based learning?

Yes, Duolingo is a language learning software/app available on multiple platforms that gives you a strong foundation of vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and listening abilities.

3. What are some English learning games that teach basic reading and writing skills?

Some english learning games that can help you teach basic learning and writing skills include Pictionary, word marathon, taboo, scrabble, and crossword puzzles.

4. Are there any English learning games that incorporate storytelling?

Yes, games like a folded story in which one child writes a few lines and folds the paper such that only the last line is seen and passes the paper to another child and so on, and another game is story stick which is played among a group of children and whoever holds the stick starts with a short story.

5. Can you suggest some English learning games focusing on listening comprehension?

Games like Simon Says, musical statues, listening stories, drawing pictures with instructions, and singing action rhymes are a few games that focus on listening comprehension.

6. What features should parents look for when selecting English learning games for their kids?

Parents must check how the game would benefit their children, the difficulty level of the game, and the time the game would consume.

Games and activities provide an effective learning lesson for students, especially when compared to conventional rote learning methods with the help of a teacher. Therefore, if your child is learning English, make it enjoyable by introducing games and activities which are an alternative to seeking help from a mobile device. This article provides several English learning games for kids that may give you an idea of how you can make the learning process more enjoyable. So, try out games such as apple pass, doctor reading game, or guess emotions and see how they work for your children. Keep trying different games and make learning interactive. Also, do not be afraid to add modifications to the game rules to suit your needs.

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