English grammar for kids: common and proper nouns games

how to play

It's a fun whole-class reaction exercise to practise common and proper nouns. In this loop game, there are no loosers or winners, and it doesn't have an end, so you should set up a specific time or number of rounds. The game also requires concentration, kids must listen for their turn and try not to break the chain.

  • Distribute the cards randomly to kids. Some students may get more than one card.
  • Choose a player to begin by reading their card aloud. For example, I have Gargamel. Who has the proper noun for cat?
  • Kids check their cards and if they have the answer, they read it aloud, then ask the question which is on their card.
  • When the chain circles around to the first student, the game is over.

how to extend the game

There are several ways to extend the game, and you are welcome to add your own ideas. Here are some suggestions to inspire you.

  • Set a timer for 2 minutes, five minutes, or whatever. Challenge them to finish the game before the timer goes off.
  • Have kids play the game twice. Encourage them to beat their time in the secound round.


  • Print out playing cards (they are one-sided). Laminate for future use.
  • Then cut out the individual cards. Learn more how to prepare our one-sided cards (pdf).
  • Before playing the game revise or pre-teach the names of all the items on the playing cards.

ideas for classroom games

  • Depending on your needs and goals, you can use these cards in many ways to play a variety of simple games.
  • You are welcome to add your own ideas. For some suggestions, check out our 22 Flashcards Games handbook (pdf).

Flashcards and posters to teach English common and proper nouns.

Fun, challenging activities to practise English common and proper nouns.