matching games for esl kids
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how to play matching games

Our matching games are designed to learn and practise English vocabulary online. Here you will find some tips and ideas on how to play these games.

Practise English through games


Test your memory and see how quickly you can clear the board by matching up the pairs! There are twenty cards in the game. Ten of the cards have pictures and ten of the cards have words. At the beginning of the game they are displayed face down.

Learn English while playing games


Click on two cards to match the word and the picture. If they show the pair, the cards remain open. If the two cards don’t match, they are turned face down again. Continue until you have ten pairs.

Fun English games for ESL kids


Try to remember where the pictures or words are. You have to match all the pictures and words as quickly as possible. But don't worry if your result is not perfect! Just click on the Play Again button to start the new game.

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learning and teaching resources

matching games to help esl kids learn english vocabulary

There are 36 topic-based online matching activities for kids learning English. Each game comes with ten pairs of picture-word. Also, you can download some corresponding worksheets to learn offline.

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

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

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

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