Spelling games for ESL kids

Spelling Games

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

Interactive spelling games

There are 36 topic-based online spelling activities for kids learning English. Each game comes with twelve words to spell.

They are a great way to develop spelling skills. You can use them as warmers, fillers, or as 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 use them with your students. Also, read some ideas on how to extend these activities in a fun way:

How to browse

To browse all of our spelling 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 spelling games

Our online games are a great way for ESL kids to practise and improve their vocabulary and spelling skills. Here you will find some tips and ideas on how to play these games.

Practise English through games

There are black and white pictures at the top of the game board. To start, click on the picture of the word you want to practice. Now you can see the big picture of the word and two sets of boxes. The blue set shows the word, but each letter of the word is scrambled up! The blank set is the place where you put the letters in the correct order. Click on and drag the letters into the proper boxes to correctly spell the word.

Learn English while playing games

Don't worry if you drag the letter into the wrong blank box. Just try and try until you get the right place for it. When you spell the word correctly, the picture of the word will appear in colour and you hear the pronunciation.

Then try the next word to spell. You can choose your word in random order from the pictures at the top. The selected picture will be highlighted in yellow.

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 vocabulary

Using just the letters in the selected words, can you make at least two new words? For example PLANET: plane, net, ant, eat, let, lane, and so on.

Teaching English vocabulary

Write your spelling words two times each. The first time, write each word in uppercase letters. Write your words a second time in lowercase letters. For example: HEN, hen.

Teaching English in a fun way

Write selected words forwards. Then write them a second time backwards. For example, cat - tac; dog - god, and so on.

English vocabulary: fun exercises

Write your words on your partner's back. Can they guess what each one is? Then it's your turn to feel and spell.