Food and Drink ESL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Containers and Amounts Worksheet

ESL Containers and Amounts Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 15 minutes

This free containers and amounts worksheet helps you to teach your students about containers and amounts that go with food and drink items. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing food and drink items with container and amount words from a box on the worksheet. After that, students complete container and amount phrases with food and drink vocabulary. Finally, review the students' answers as a class.
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Cooking Verbs

ESL Cooking Verbs Worksheet - Brainstorming, Writing and Spelling Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

This food and cooking worksheet activity is ideal for practicing cooking verbs and food vocabulary. Give each pair of students a copy of the worksheet. Working together, the students brainstorm and write down all the food words they can think of that go with the cooking verbs on the worksheet, e.g. 'fry an egg'. After a ten-minute time limit has been reached, the pairs swap worksheets for marking. Each pair scores one point for each appropriate food word that has the correct form and spelling. The pair with the most points wins.
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Food and Drink Habits

ESL Eating Habits Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this food and drink 'Find someone who' activity, students ask and answer present simple 'Wh' questions about eating and drinking habits. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by reviewing prompts on the worksheet and forming the present simple 'Wh' questions they need to ask in order to do the activity, e.g. 'What do you (normally/usually) eat for breakfast?' The students then answer the questions and write their answers in the column marked 'You' on the worksheet. After that, students go around the class asking and answering the questions to find people with the same answers. When a student finds someone with the same answer, the two students write each other's name in the last column. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out.
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Food Question Time - Printable Version

ESL Eating Habits Classroom Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this food questions worksheet activity, students ask and answer questions about eating habits. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, students read the questions about food on the worksheet and complete the answers by writing in the spaces provided. When the students have finished, divide them into pairs. The students then take it in turns to ask and answer the questions with their partner. Afterwards, the students report back to the class on their partner's answers.
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Food Question Time - Interactive Version

ESL Eating Habits Interactive Breakout Room Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

Here is an interactive PDF version of the above activity for people who teach English online. In the breakout room activity, students answer questions about eating habits and then use the questions to interview a partner.
 

Fruit and Vegetables Game

ESL Fruit and Vegetables Game - Matching, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

This rewarding fruit and vegetables teaching activity is made up of several food vocabulary games that help students learn the names of fruit and vegetables. Give each pair of students a set of fruit and vegetable vocabulary cards and a set of fruit and vegetable picture cards. The students shuffle the vocabulary cards and picture cards separately and spread them out face down on the table in two sets. Students then play a pelmanism game where they take it in turns to turn over a vocabulary card and a picture card. If the word matches with the picture of the fruit or vegetable, the student scores a point. The student then writes the name of the fruit or vegetable on the back of the picture card, keeps it and has another turn. The vocabulary card is removed from the game. If the cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. The game continues until all the cards have been matched correctly. Afterwards, the students put all the picture cards face up on the table and divide them into two sets: fruit and vegetables. When the students have finished, they see if they can remember the names of the fruit and vegetables by choosing a picture card and then saying the word. The student then turns over the card to see if the word on the back of the card matches with their answer. If it does, the student keeps the card and scores a point. If not, the picture card is placed face up and play passes to the next student. When all the cards have been used, the students add up their points to see who the winner is.
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Restaurants and Cafes

ESL Eating Out Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this compelling eating out activity, students ask and answer questions about their favourite restaurants and cafes. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by going through the prompts on the worksheet and forming the questions they need for the activity. The students then use the prompts to answer questions about their favourite restaurant and cafe in the column marked 'You'. When the students have finished, they interview two classmates and complete the other columns on the worksheet with their answers. Afterwards, students report back to the class on what they found out.
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Eating Habits

ESL Eating Habits Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free eating habits worksheet activity, students ask and answer questions about eating habits. Divide the students into pairs and give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students take it in turns to ask and answer questions about eating habits and write their partner's answers on the worksheet. When the students have finished, they report back to the class on their partner's eating habits.
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Food Adjectives Worksheet

ESL Food Adjectives Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this rewarding food adjectives worksheet, students learn about food adjectives and write an email, describing food at a dinner party. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by matching food adjectives with definitions and writing an example food for each one. When the students have finished, check the answers with the class. Next, the students complete a set of sentences with food adjectives from Exercise A. After that, students write an email to a friend, describing food they ate at a dinner party. The students use the food adjectives they learned to write about whether the food was good or bad. When the students have finished, they swap worksheets with a partner. Students then read their partner's email and give feedback. Finally, students read their emails to the class and the language is reviewed.
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Food Adjectives Interactive Worksheet

ESL Food Adjectives Interactive Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for online English teachers. The interactive worksheet contains a variety of online exercises to help students learn food adjectives.
 

Food and Cooking Survey

ESL Food and Cooking Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this enjoyable food and cooking activity, students conduct a survey where they ask and answer yes/no questions about eating and cooking habits. Give each student a card. The students' task is to find out the information on the card by asking each student in the class a yes/no question, e.g. 'Do you like to eat raw vegetables?' The students make a note of the number of people who answer yes or no to their question on the card. When everyone has finished, each student reports back to the class on their findings. This can then lead on to a further discussion about the eating and cooking habits of the class.
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Food and Drink Collocation Dominoes

ESL Food and Drink Collocations Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this engaging food and drink collocations activity, students play a game of dominoes where they match adjectives and nouns together to make food and drink collocations. Give each group of three a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out six each, leaving the rest in a pile face down on the table. The students turn over the top card from the pile and place it face up. The first player puts a domino down either before or after the domino on the table, making sure the two dominoes form a food or drink collocation, e.g. stir-fried noodles. The next player then tries to put down one of their dominoes at either end of the domino chain and so on. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take a domino from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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Fruit and Veg Game

ESL Fruit and Vegetables Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this fun fruit and vegetables game, students describe fruit and vegetables for other students to guess. Give each group of four a set of fruit and vegetable cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the table. Students then take it in turns to pick up a card and describe the fruit or vegetable on the card to the other students in the group. The student describing begins by saying whether the item on the card is a fruit or vegetable. The student then goes on to describe what it looks like, tastes like, what it's used for or in, etc. For example, 'It's a fruit. It's small, green and round. It tastes bitter. It is used in cooking and drinks to add flavour. You can also make a shake with it'. The other students listen and try to guess the fruit or vegetable. The first student to guess correctly wins and keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. This game can also be played as a class with two teams. There is also a different version included for lower-level classes.
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Make a Menu

ESL Food Worksheet - Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free food worksheet, students create a restaurant menu, showing dishes they like to eat along with each dishes ingredients and price. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by thinking of a name for their restaurant and writing it at the top of the menu. Students then complete the rest of the menu with dishes they like to eat. The students write the name of each dish as well as a description of the ingredients and price. When the students have finished, they talk about their menus in front of the class. As an extension, students role-play a restaurant dialogue using the menus.
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School Lunches

ESL Food Worksheet - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 25 minutes

In this food and nutrition worksheet, students categorize food items and plan a school lunch menu. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Review the four food categories on the worksheet and then have the students write a corresponding category next to each food item. Next, students use the food items and their own ideas to plan a weekly lunch menu for a school. Students write down a main dish, a carbohydrate side dish, a vegetable side dish and a dessert for each day. They must also include at least one dish from their own country. When the students have finished, check that all the food items are in the correct categories. Next, divide the students into small groups. The students then compare their school lunch menus with the people in their group. Afterwards, the students answer questions about which school lunch they like the best and which lunches they think school children will like and dislike. Finally, have a class feedback session to discuss the students' answers to the questions.
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Food for Thought - Printable Version

ESL Food Discussion Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this free food worksheet activity, students write about and discuss types of food and dishes. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students read the categories on the worksheet and write an example of a food or dish for each one. When the students have finished, divide them into groups of three or four. The students then discuss each category in turn and explain their answers to each other. Students ask follow-up questions and develop a short discussion about each topic. When the groups have finished, there is a class feedback session to discuss the students' answers.
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Food for Thought - Interactive Version

ESL Food Vocabulary Interactive Breakout Room Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

Here is a free interactive PDF version of the above activity for English teachers working online. In the breakout room activity, students write about types of food and dishes belonging to different categories and then discuss their answers in groups.
 

Gone in 60 Seconds - Printable Version

ESL Food Vocabulary Game - Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this challenging food vocabulary game, students talk about food-related words for one minute. The activity covers food adjectives, cooking verbs and other food vocabulary. Divide the students into teams of two. Each team plays against another team (Team A and B). Give each team a corresponding worksheet. The two teams then play a battleships style game where they talk about food-related words for one minute. The teams begin by adding five food-related words to their grid on the worksheet. Teams then take it in turns to call out coordinates for the second grid on the worksheet, e.g. C2. The opposing team tells them the corresponding food-related word for that square and starts timing one minute. If the team successfully talks about the word for one minute, they write the word in the second grid on the worksheet, and the other team crosses the word off their grid. If the team is unsuccessful, they can choose the same word again or choose another grid reference on their next turn. The teams then swap roles and continue the game. The first team to get five words in a row horizontally, vertically or diagonally wins the game.
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Gone in 60 Seconds - Interactive Version

ESL Food Vocabulary Interactive Breakout Room Activity - Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This is an interactive PDF version of the above game for people teaching English online. In the breakout room activity, pairs of students play a game where they talk about food-related words for 60 seconds.
 
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