Spelling games for ESL kids

Spelling Games

overview, tips, learning ideas

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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!

There are 36 topic-based online spelling activities for kids learning English. Each game comes with ten 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:

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activity ideas

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


To start, click on the Spell it! text. There are ten words to spell. Each word has its picture. You can see these pictures on the right of the game board. Choose the picture of the word you want to practice.

Learn English while playing games


Now you can see the big picture of the word and two sets of boxes. The set on the top shows the word, but each letter of the word is scrambled up! The yellow set is the place where you put the letters in the correct order.

Fun English games for ESL kids


Click on and drag the letters into the proper yellow boxes to correctly spell the word. Don't worry if you drag the letter into the wrong yellow box. Just try and try until you get the right place for it. Then try the next word to spell.

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.