ESL Activities for Kids and Adults (English Games & Idioms)

View our extensive database of ESL activities for kids and adults.

Many of these activities can be the primary focus of a daily English class. You could also adapt the exercises as warm-up activities, fillers, or extensions to a lesson.

Improve students’ core English skills.

The activities are divided into four main categories for developing core skills in English, including listening, speaking, reading and writing.

We have also added a collection of interactive vocabulary games.

Make your classes fun and engaging.

Try our ESL board game activities based on popular TV game shows and classic board games.

Most activities are suitable for all ages and levels.

Teach your students idioms and phrases.

Check out our new searchable list of English idioms and phrases.

You can view the meanings and examples of many common expressions. Customize your own list and print it out to use in your classes.

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New ESL Activities for Kids and Adults

Drawing Dictation ESL Listening Activity

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The 5 Whys ESL Writing Activity

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Box of Lies ESL Board Game

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To Be ESL Vocabulary Game

The To Be ESL Game focuses on creating questions and answers using the verb “to be” along with vocabulary lists ...
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Dictogloss ESL Writing Activity

The Dictogloss writing activity is an excellent collaborative English lesson that incorporates all core language skills. Students work in groups ...
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Mad Libs ESL Board Game

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New Idiom Lists with Free Worksheets and PDFs

Weather Idioms List with Meanings, Examples, & PDFs

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Time Idioms List with Meanings, Examples, & PDFs

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Money Idioms List with Meanings, Examples, & PDFs

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Love Idioms List with Meanings, Examples, & PDFs

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Color Idioms List with Meanings, Examples, & PDFs

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Animal Idioms List with Meanings, Examples, & PDFs

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ESL Activities for Kids and Adults on YouTube

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