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10 No-Prep Games and Activities for Students Learning English

As a parent or teacher of a child learning English, it can be challenging to keep them engaged and motivated. However, there are many no-prep activities and games that you can use to make the learning process more fun and enjoyable.

A teacher playing Simon Says with kindergarten students.

When I was a brand new English teacher in Japan, I was filled with excitement and nerves. However, as soon as I started teaching, I realized I was in over my head. The school provided no training, and I had no prior teaching experience. I felt like I was drowning, and the students seemed bored and uninterested.

Desperate to find resources to engage my students, I turned to the internet. But I found that many resources were either too expensive or not of good quality. Frustrated and overwhelmed, I decided to create my own materials.

I spent countless hours creating games and activities that would engage my students and help them learn English in a fun and interactive way. It wasn't easy, but I was determined to provide my students with the best learning experience possible.

After using these materials in my classroom, I saw a significant improvement in my students' engagement and enthusiasm for learning English. They were excited to come to class, and I felt like I was making a difference in their education.

Realizing the value of these resources, I decided to share them with other teachers and parents. I created a website where I provide free printables, no-prep games, and activities for children who are learning English.

As a former struggling teacher, I know how challenging it can be to find quality resources for English language learners. That's why I am committed to providing teachers and parents with the tools they need to help their students succeed.


Here are 10 no-prep activities and games that can make learning English fun for children:

  1. Simon Says - This classic game is an excellent way to teach children basic commands and vocabulary. Give commands such as "Simon says touch your nose" or "Simon says hop on one foot."

  2. Hangman - Hangman is a simple game that teaches children spelling and vocabulary. Choose a word, draw the spaces on the board, and have the child guess the letters.

  3. Twenty Questions - This game encourages children to ask questions and use descriptive words. Choose an object and have the child ask questions to guess what it is.

  4. I Spy - I Spy is a fun game that teaches children descriptive vocabulary. Choose an object in the room and say "I spy with my little eye, something that is red." Have the child guess what it is.

  5. Pictionary - This game teaches children to draw and describe objects. Choose an object and have the child draw it while others guess what it is.

  6. Charades - Charades teaches children to use body language and gestures to convey meaning. Choose an action or object and have the child act it out while others guess what it is.

  7. Bingo - Bingo is a fun game that teaches children to recognize and remember vocabulary words. Create bingo cards with English vocabulary words and have the child mark them off as they hear them.

  8. Memory Game - Memory games teach children to remember vocabulary words and their meanings. Place pairs of English vocabulary words face down and have the child turn them over to match them.

  9. Word Scavenger Hunt - This activity teaches children to recognize and identify English vocabulary words. Give the child a list of words and have them find objects in the room that match each word.

  10. Word Association - Word association is a game that teaches children to think creatively and make connections between words. Choose a word and have the child say the first word that comes to mind. Then, have them explain the connection between the two words.

These activities and games are a great way to make learning English fun for children. No matter which game or activity you choose, remember to make it engaging and enjoyable for the child. With a little creativity, you can make learning a new language an exciting adventure for your child.


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