guessing games for esl kids
overview, tips and ideas

how to play guessing games

Our guessing games adapted from the traditional game of Hangman are a great way for ESL kids to learn, practise and improve their vocabulary and spelling skills online. Here you will find some tips and ideas on how to play these games.

Practise English through games


To start, click on the Guess the mystery word text. The word to guess is represented by a row of yellow boxes (one box for one letter) at the top of the game board. In the middle of the board there are ten things (balls or books, or something else, it depends on the game) that belong to the piglet.

Learn English while playing games


At the bottom of the board you can see two rows of letters. Click on any letter that you think is in the word. If the mystery word has this letter, it appears in the proper yellow box. If you choose a letter that is not in the word, the piglet loses one thing.

Fun English games for ESL kids


Try to guess the word before our friend loses all the things. When you complete the word (no matter as a winner or loser, this activity is for fun), click on the Next word button to continue the game.

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learning and teaching resources

guessing word games to help esl kids learn english vocabulary

There are 36 topic-based online guessing activities for kids learning English to choose from. Each game comes with ten words to guess. Also, you can download some corresponding worksheets to learn offline.

To start using our guessing games, you might find it helpful to use the quick guides.

overview »
Find out more about how to play our guessing games to learn and practise English vocabulary online.

index of resources »
Here you will find links to all guessing games sorted alphabetically by topic.

related printables »
Take the learning offline! We offer a variety of printable resources that go well with the guessing games.