Guessing games for ESL kids

Guessing Games

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Below you will find some tips and ideas on how to use our guessing games in the classroom. Scroll down to explore!

Interactive guessing games

There are 36 topic-based online guessing activities for kids learning English to choose from. Each game comes with twelve words to guess.

Easy to use and fun, these activities are a great way to develop spelling skills. Use them as warmers and fillers. Moreover, they can be a fun starting point for further work. Also, you can download some corresponding worksheets to learn offline.

Tips on how to use

Find out more about how to play our guessing games to learn and practise English vocabulary online, and check out extra activities that you can use in your class:

How to browse

To browse all of our guessing games sorted alphabetically by topic, use this resource guide. For worksheets that go well with our online activities, visit the printable resources section.

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

There are twelve words to guess. They are displayed randomly. Each mystery word is represented by a set of blank lines (one line for one letter) at the top of the game board. In the middle of the board there are nine bees that belongs to the piglet. At the bottom of the board you can see letter buttons for each letter of the alphabet.

Learn English while playing games

Click on any letter that you think is in the word. If the mystery word has this letter, it appears in the proper blank. If you choose a letter that is not in the word, the piglet loses one bee. Try to guess the word before our friend loses all the bees. When you complete the word (no matter as a winner or loser), click on the Play Again button to continue the game.

activity ideas

If your students enjoy this online activity, you could expand it (or give your students extra practice) by playing related word games. Here are some ideas to inspire you. These activities can be used in any topic!

Learning English words

Choose five words. Write your letters scrambled up. Leave them alone until tomorrow and unscramble them.

Teaching English vocabulary

If you are right handed, write your words with your left hand. If you are left handed, write your words with your right hand.

Teaching English in a fun way

Write five spelling words with missing letters. For example, C _ A B (crab). Leave them alone until tomorrow and fill in the gaps.

English words: fun exercises

Write all of your spelling words replacing vowels with a line, for example: C _ T (cat). Go back and see if you can fill in the vowels.