My Top 5 ESL Activities for Kids: Try them out today

ESL Activities for Kids

ESL Activities for Kids

If you’re looking for some great ESL activities for children, you’ve come to the right place! I have 5 of my favourite ones that are guaranteed to get your kids engaged, excited and energetic about learning English in your class. Add some variety to your ESL classroom today.

Show and Tell

Show and Tell is an excellent activity for kids because they get to talk about something that’s important to them and show a bit of their personalities. You can do it during one entire class period, or space it out over the semester and use it as a bit of a warm-up activity with 1 or 2 students going each day. And actually, this ESL activity isn’t just for kids-you can use it with adults as well for a bit of a blast from the past.

Check out this fun ESL activity for kids:

Show and Tell


Role Plays

Role Plays for ESL students are excellent for beginners to English. They give students a chance to experiment a bit with the language in a very controlled way. It’s very simple to adapt the difficulty of this activity by adjusting the number of blank spaces students have to fill in. You can also adapt the length of the conversation.

My one quick tip is to have students memorize their conversation. The presentation part of it will be much more interesting if students are just speaking, instead of reading from a paper.

You can find out more about using this ESL activity in your classroom here:

Role Plays ESL Conversation Activity


Running Dictation

If you’re looking for an activity to get a bit of energy into your classes, this is the one you should be using. Everyone loves it-from kids to adults but in order to play it, students really should be able to read and write at a basic level or higher.

The best part about running dictation is that it uses all four skills in a single activity. It’s the holy grail of ESL teaching! Love it! I’m sure you will too. This one can also be used for adults, with excellent results.

Check out this ESL activity that focuses on all 4-skills:

Running Dictation ESL Activity for Kids and Adults


Vocabulary Review Game

Vocabulary is a huge part of learning English, especially beginners who are starting at almost nothing. Help your students remember their vocabulary by playing this fun review game that gets the whole class involved.

Related: More ESL Vocabulary Review Activities

Check out this fun ESL review game now:

Vocabulary Review Game for Kids


Draw a Picture

This fun game is an excellent way to practice body parts, shapes or numbers. Basically, one person looks at a picture, and then describes it to their partner who draws it without looking at the original. The results are usually hilarious!

Have some fun in your ESL classroom today:

Draw a Picture ESL Activity for Kids


Try out these 5 ESL activities for kids in your classes and I’m sure you’ll love the results! Happy, active and engaged students having fun learning English =happy teacher.

Need more ESL Activities for Kids? 

101 ESL Activities: For Kids (6-13)
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The book is available in both print and digital formats. The (much cheaper!) digital copy can be read on any device-Kindle Reading, smartphone, tablet, Mac, or PC. You just have to download the free Kindle reading app. It’s easier than ever to have fun, engaging and interesting ESL activities for kids at your fingertips, wherever you go.

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