Printable games for kids

Word Hunters

a board with cards game for kids learning English

game instructions

This is a word game to learn and practise the alphabet and various vocabulary. It can be played individually, in pairs or small teams.


Print out a game grid and cards. If you want, you can stick the printout onto the heavy paper. Laminate for future use.
Cut out the individual cards, fold them and glue. Learn more how to prepare our double-sided cards (pdf).

Before playing the game revise or pre-teach the names of all the items on the playing cards.

how to play

  • Give each student a copy of the game sheet. Choose five question categories, for example, Animals, Colours, Toys etc.
  • Shuffle and spread all the ABC cards out face down on the table between the players.
  • Select a letter at random. Now your students must, as fast as they can, fill the categoties with words beginning with this letter.
  • The one that finishes first counts: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, then shouts: Stop!
  • If they all have the same word for each category: 5 points each; different words 10 points; and if only one person can get a word 20 points.

Also, you can use the playing cards to play different games such as memory, matching or guessing games. For some ideas, check out our 22 Flashcards Games handbook (pdf).

resources to download and print

Our printables are in pdf format. To download them, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.