Tag Archives: online games

Do You Know… How To Count?

7 Aug

After some weeks off… Here I am, back to share my ideas and resources for EFL in Primary level.

In this blog post, I am going to share the lesson plan I used last scholar year to help my 2nd Primary pupils count from 1 to 20. It is very common to see children confused when counting from 10 to 20. Therefore, first I focused on making sure they felt confident counting from 1 to 10 and then we moved to the next level.

In the first lesson we played with these wonderful 1 to 10 flashcards & wordcards. I had them in my magic bag and the children took turns to discover them. Once we had them all out, we matched each flashcard with its wordcard. They loved these cards!!! Click on the image to download them:


Since most of them already knew how to count from 1 to ten with no problem, we focused on the writing of the numbers.

To finish the lesson, we watched this Peg + Cat Episode where they focus on counting from 1 to ten. I love Peg + Cat, they are adorable 🙂

Sense títol


The second lesson was started with rhythm! We learned this song and had fun singing and dancing. In small groups they created a choreography for the chorus.

After all the physical exercise, we sat down and worked on this worksheet to see if they are acquiring the numbers spelling. Click on the image to download it:

Sense títol2

In the third lesson we started with the teen numbers. This time, the 10 to 20 flashcards & wordcards came from a magic box. We followed the same pattern as in the first lesson.

When we had matched all the cards, we watched another Pec+Cat Episode related to counting:

Sense títol

The fourth lesson also started with music. This fantastic song became very popular and had to play it many times! Listen to it and you will guess why… Who doesn’t like popping bubbles? 🙂

We performed the song pretending to to be bubbles. Each child was given a number and when the song said it, they jumped and popped. It was a laugh!

Afterwards, we played some onlines games to practice the teen number a bit more:

Game 1        Game 2        Game 3         Game 4        Game 5

Finally, to reinforce everything seen the previous days, there is this fun worksheet where they have to focuse on the spelling. Click on the image to download it:

Sense títol1

As you can see, I love using music and videos a lot. Children are very visual and it is the best way to call their attention and keep them interested!

– My ABCs –

13 Mar

Spelling well is very important in order to write properly. English as a foreign language is quite complicated when it comes to spelling. For those learners who speak a Latin language as mother tongue (I’m one), it can be very confusing. For us, what you say in English doesn’t really match what you have to write.

2nd grade of Primary is when we start focusing on spelling. Therefore, I planned some lessons to learn the alphabet so my pupils would be able to recognise the names of the letters in English.

We start the lessons watching these 2 short videos as an introduction to what we are going to deal with:

Right after, we play the “Alphabet hunt” game using some flashcards. You hide the flashcards around the classroom or playground and as the pupils find them, we display them in order on the board. I use these flashcards:


Once we have the alphabet displayed on the board, we need to learn the name of each letter. The best way is to learn them through a song. I found this one that my pupils loved! I really wanted to avoid using the typical boring alphabet chant, so when I found this dance music version I thought YES!:


To start using the alphabet in context, there are some cool online games that can be played. The whole class can play together or you can organise them in small groups in which they can compete among themselves.

GAME 1          GAME 2           GAME 3

As a creative activity, we make our CRAZY ALPHABET. Each child is given a letter of the alphabet and they have to transform it into something else while still keeping the shape of the letter:

Sense títol

We decorated the classroom with our CRAZY ALPHABET – it looks fabulous! Besides, you can film each child saying the name of the letter that he/she created and join them all to have the whole alphabet said by them. We did it and they felt very proud with the result 😀

It is also a good option to watch SUPER WHY! episodes since everything is based on the alphabet. If you have time you can watch one in class, otherwise you can upload one in the class blog so they can watch it at home. This is the one we watched in class:


Ever since my pupils learned the alphabet in English, they ask me to play Hangman. So whenever we have some minutes left, we play using the vocabulary we are dealing with at that moment.


I hope this lesson plan will be useful for you 😀


26 Sep

“Super Simple Songs” have got some amazing tracks that help me get inspired for my preschool lessons. This time, the songs that were perfectly for me where the Shape Songs 1 & 2. After listening to them, I programmed a whole lesson plan based on these so my preschoolers could learn the name of some shapes through the songs.

This is the Lesson Plan:

First of all, I arrive in class with my magic bag where I keep the shapes flashcards. My pupils take turns to discover what flashcards I have this time in my bag and as we are taking them out we name them. Then, we investigate who of us has any of these shapes on our clothes. It is fun!

These are the flashcards that I used:

Sense títol1 Sense títol

Right after that, we listen to the two tracks and we classify which shapes are on the first song and which on the second one. We love classifying 😀

These are the Shape Songs:

In order to understand better the shapes, I give plasticine to my pupils and we make the different eight shapes with it. We pretend to be in an Art Gallery and each pupil displays his/her shapes to the rest of us. Using these plasticine shapes we just created, we put them in 8 different groups so all the starts are together, all the triangles are together, etc.

I discovered this youtube channel called Learning Fun by shapes and it just fits so well into the lesson plan! They have different fables were everything in it is made by shapes, it is fantastic 😀 I chose “The hare and the Tortoise” to watch in class:

After watching the video we speak about the shapes that we recognise in it and what shapes have been used for making the main characters.

To revise a little bit and to have some more fun, there is this great website which contains many online games. 

Sense títol


8 Mar

In most schools there are campaigns to promote eating fruit as an alternative to junk food as snacks during break time. Therefore, I thought it would be very useful to choose the fruits topic as the centre of interest in one of my didactic units. This way, my pupils can see that besides being healthy fruits can also provide fun!

Next, I’m going to share with you all the resources I use for the “I like fruits!” didactic unit. As always, I like using flashcards, songs, stories, games, worksheets and short conversations.

These are the flashcards I use to play some TPR games so they get familiar with the vocabulary they are going to see during the following lessons. I chose these 10 fruits because most of them are the ones that they can see in the song and stories. They love being able to recognise words when we are singing or telling a story, it puts them a smile on their faces 😀

The story I tell is called Monkey Bonkey. They absolutely love it! After the day I tell this story, they keep asking me when Monkey Bonkey is going to visit them again ^_^. The story is quite repetitive which allows them to anticipate the lines and tell it with you. It is fantastic!

Here you have the video I made telling the story, I hope you like it 🙂

After telling them the story, I ask them some comprehension questions such as: why is Monkey Bonkey sad?what colours are the bananas? what animals appear in the story? Etc.

If you have a monkey soft toy and some toy fruits, it would be great to role-play the story with them. Moreover, you can make Monkey Bonkey come back every lesson to greet them, they will be delighted!

The song I choose for this unit is a lovely one by DreamEnglish.com called “I like apples”.  My pupils totally adore it. Listen to it and you will understand why.

I made a worksheet where they have to circle and colour the fruits that are said in the song. You can doanload it in here, where I share most of my worksheets:  https://en.islcollective.com/resources/printables/worksheets_doc_docx/i_like_apples_song/food/77842

Sense títol2

One of the classroom games we play is the memory game. Its rules are not very difficult which lets them enjoy the game. One rule I add is that when they turn a card up they have to say the name of the fruit correctly, otherwise they miss their turn. These are the memory cards I use:

Sense títol Sense títol1


I also created an online memory game so I can upload it to the class blog and they can play at home with their parents. This is the link to it: http://matchthememory.com/ilikefruit

Once I see they are quite familiar with the vocabulary, we have some short conversations. First I ask them but then they speak among themselves. They feel so powerful when they realise they can express themselves in English!

– What’s your favourite fruit? My favourite fruit is…

– Do you like ____? Yes, I do / No, I don’t


I hope you like it, and if you decide to use any of my resources let me know 🙂

Online ESL GAMES for Primary

18 Jan

A couple of months ago I shared with you all a list of online esl games to be used in class for preschoolers. Since I saw it was a very popular post, today I will share a same type of list but aimed at Primary level.

If you have got a smartboard, a projector, a computer or tablets in the classroom where you teach; letting your students play at their own pace will be a delight for them. Playing games where they have to use English is the best natural way for them to practice and improve their language skills. It doesn’t matter if some of the games are not esl games, any type of game where the English language is needed it already becomes a great resource.


www.english-online.org.uk/games/gamezone2.htm  all type of vocabulary games

www.eslgamesplus.com classroom and individual games by topics

www.mikids.com/thinking.htm thinking games for fun!

www.funbrain.com/kidscenter.html number games, languages games and fun games by grades.

www.primarygames.com/ everything you need in one single website 😀

learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/kids-games  varied games by topic

www.coolmath-games.com/ Maths games!

www.englishclub.com/esl-games/ pure esl games by skills

www.poptropica.com a great adventures game

www.brainbashers.com/ for those students who always need more.


I hope you find them as useful as I do. Please, feel free to share with me your favourite esl online games websites. Together, we could make a fantastic data base 😀

Online ESL GAMES for Preschool

12 Nov



After some years of teaching very young learners, I guess I could say I have a decent list of useful online resources. I have spent many hours surfing the internet trying to find websites with suitable esl online games that I could play in class with my little pupils.

Next, I share with you all some of the websites that I like the most. If you have a projector, a whiteboard or a computer in class, it will be great to play these games as a classroom activity.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/ literacy, numeracy and science short games.

http://www.uptoten.com/kids/kidsgames-home.html coordination, classification and puzzle games.

http://www.learningplanet.com/stu/index.asp?tab=0 numeracy, matching and word games.

http://www.lego.com/en-gb/games/ fun games that can be perfectly useful for esl.

http://www.readwritethink.org/search/?grade=7&resource_type=16&type=32   word games.

http://pbskids.org/ fun games with popular cartoon characters.

http://do2learn.com/games/learningames.htm literacy, numeracy and fun games.

http://www.eslgamesplus.com/ I adore this one, it is just perfect for learning having fun!

http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html word and letter games.

http://www.curiousgeorge.com/kids-games matching, counting and identifying games with Curious George!


I hope you find them as useful as I do. Please, feel free to share with me your favourite esl online games websites. Together, we could make a fantastic data base 😀




Old Macdonald’s Farm

19 Oct

This is one of the most common and popular traditional songs that are used when teaching English to young learners and I am also one of these teachers who likes using it in class :). Preschoolers love anything related to animals which means that any content you want them to acquire, it will motivate them and help them acquire it if it goes with the help of some cute animals.

I use these 9 friendly farm animals as my teaching helpers. They are the ones that my pupils will see in the story and two songs that I included in the lesson plan. It would be great if you had actual toys! Otherwise, flashcards are good, too.

Sense títol


You can introduce the farm animals by putting them inside a magic bag or magic box and then some volunteers take them out one by one. Sometimes, what I do is to hide the flashcards or realia around the classroom and them I tell them to find something new that I have brought. Each time I start a new unit I try to do it differently to keep them amused and interested. Once we have them all out, we speak about their colour, size and if they can fly, walk or swim.

There is this lovable story about Old Macdonald that I found in the Robby Rabbit text book which presents some of the 9 farm animals: cow, dog, horse, duck and sheep. I made the video to share it with my little pupils:


Once you have watched the story, there is this website with perfect online games for preschoolers about the farm animals that you could play altogether in class. I am not a preschooler and I love them 😀 If you have a whiteboard, a computer or a tablet; your pupils will have a great time!






The two songs that I like singing and dancing are these ones:

It is really funny to ask your pupils to pretend to be one of the animals in the song and make the animal sounds, they will laugh a lot! It is always great if you take part in it, as well 😉 I am the type of teacher who likes participating in the games and activities I suggest to my pupils.

One oral activity that it is always very successful is to say “The cow says…” and then they all answer “moo” putting their fingers on the head pretending to be cow horns. I do the same with the other 8 animals and for each one we make a different gesture when making the animal sound. You could turn this activity into a competition: the child who doesn’t make the right animal sound sits down and we do it like this until there is only one pupil left who becomes the winner.

Another option is to watch this episode from “Betsy’s Kindergarten Adventures” where she goes on a field trip with her class. Once you have watched it, you can ask your pupils what animals they recognised, how many of each they saw, describe them, etc. When I did it with my groups, I was very pleased to see they were able to answer to all my questions 🙂

Sin título

If you want your pupils to do some written activity, I suggest this worksheet. On one side there are the Old Macdonal song lyrics and on the other side there is this activity where they have to colour the right bits so the hidden animals appear.

Sense títol1

%d bloggers like this: