Breaktime games

Does anyone have any good suggestions for break time games? I have an interactive whiteboard and I’ve started to leave a game on the board (if I can trust the class with the equipment!).

I prefer using things like Quizlet as I can make vocabulary review games like the Scattergram one – I’ve posted this example before. Sporcle’s alright but you often need a designated typer so it’s a bit limited.

For random word games I use some variations on a similar theme. There’s Word Shake from the British Council:


That’s always fun. I used to play Text Twist online a lot, that was similar.

I like Multipopword a lot, you need to go in the easy room though otherwise it can get quite hard.


So, any ideas? It doesn’t have to be interactive, as long as students can get on with it themselves. Well, the students that want to claw themselves away from their apps anyway…!

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8 replies

  1. For higher levels you could try (some of the vocabulary is not high frequency but it’s useful for IELTS prep) and there’s always which is good for vocabulary and other subjects – and helps the WFP 🙂


  2. Hi Peter,

    You might like to have the kids try these:

    The ‘AcrossNdown’ game & ‘LingoBingo’ game can be played against the computer or vs a partner on the same device (I imagine you could have it on the whiteboard and have teams call out their move).

    The use data from Quizlet, and you can specify the set to use and ‘against bot’ or 2-player and play’ modes here:

    Still a bit beta with minimal instructions, just let me know if you need any help using them.

    And if the kids like apps, maybe they’d like the (free) PhraseBot app, which also imports Quizlet data.




  3. Thanks for sharing these, Peter. If you want to go tech-free, vocab boxes are great for learners to review lexis. Also, I have loads of lollipop sticks with questions on for different levels so they can chat in pairs.


  4. Hi Pete,
    Macmillan Dictionary have a couple of games which might be good, especially for older or more mature students:



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