Adjectives add information on something we are discussing thus making sentences more descriptive. Therefore, teaching adjectives shouldn’t be neglected and considered something secondary. Contrary, it should be an indispensable part in our ESL classroom. To spice up your English lessons and engage your students in the learning procedure, we have made a list of useful and fun activities to practice adjectives describing appearance, weather, food, places, feelings, etc. 

Games with kids

  • Introduce yourself. This game is a perfect way to start a new school year. When you get acquainted with your students, ask them to introduce themselves using adjectives, e.g. “I am tall”.
  • Describe the day. Ask your students to describe their days using appropriate adjectives. You can help them by giving the following instructions — Describe your morning. Describe what you had for breakfast. Tell us about your last dance classes.
  • I spy. Divide the class into two groups, and choose a leader for each group. The leaders look around and keep a word in their minds. Then they try to explain these words to their teams using adjectives and descriptive words, e.g. “I spy something blue, small and nice”. If there is no answer, they can continue with “It is smaller than our classroom”. The winner is the group that is the first to guess the word.
  • Adjective Ping Pong. This game is best played in pairs. Choose one object, food, person, season, place, etc. and ask your students to describe it using adjectives. They shouldn’t repeat the same adjective twice. When the one who is in turn to give an answer, cannot say anything in 15 seconds, he/she loses.
  • Lucky dip. Put several objects in a bag and ask one of your kids to come to the board. They are not allowed to look into the bag and must choose one object and describe their peers what it feels like. While describing they must use only adjectives. The other students try to guess what the object is taking into consideration the adjectives used by their classmates.
  • Online adjective games. These games may turn out to be very useful if you teach online or want to send some engaging homework to your kids to practice adjectives. 

    Games with teenagers and adults

  • Adjective mix up. This activity will get your students to use their imagination and be creative.  Give each student two sticky notes. They must write one noun on one note, and one adjective on another one. Then, have students mingle around the classroom. They look at what students have written on their sticky notes. The challenge is to use either another student’s adjectives with their nouns or the other student’s nouns with their adjectives and make up a sentence with these collocations. 
  • Mad libs. It is a word game where one player prompts others for a list of adjectives to substitute for blanks in a story. After completing it they read the story aloud. Here is an example of a short text.
    There was once a woman who was very ____ though she had little to make her so; for she was___, and ___, and ___. She lived in a____ cottage and earned ____ money by running errands for her neighbours. One day she met a ____ man who was walking near her cottage. She was very ____ to see a person nearby. In fact, she was very ____ to meet a man. They got acquainted and soon fell in love with each other. They had a very ___ and ____ life. 
  • Here there is an online version of this game. Here are the applications on Apple and on Google Play. 
  • Long list. Choose one object, a flashcard or any photo and show it to your students. Ask them to write as many adjectives as they can to describe it. The winner is the person who has the longest list.
  • Complicate the sentence. This game can be played either in written form or orally. Start the game with a simple sentence, e.g.,  “There is a flower in the forest”. Then ask your students to add adjectives and make the sentence more complicated and funny. 
  • Online adjective games. Nowadays most teenagers like kids are addicted to computer games. So, why not make the most of it? You can play these games in the classroom or assign as homework. 
  • From now on learning adjectives will not be a tedious process for your learners. Fun activities will become a perfect tool for them to memorise adjectives.

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