Food and Drink ESL Activities, Worksheets and Games

My Shopping List

ESL Food and Drink Vocabulary Activity - Matching, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Beginner (A1) - 20 minutes

In this fun food and drink activity, students match food and drink vocabulary to pictures and review the vocabulary in a dictation game. First, students match each word to a food and drink picture and write the word underneath. Students then write a shopping list of 10 items using the food and drink. Next, in pairs, students take it in turns to say 'This is my shopping list. Circle the food and drink items I say'. The student then reads their 10 shopping list items to their partner who listens and circles the corresponding pictures on their worksheet. Students score a point for each correct food or drink item they circle. The student with the most points wins.
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Containers and Amounts

ESL Containers and Amounts Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - 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. 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 cooking verbs worksheet is ideal for practicing verbs related to cooking and food vocabulary. Working in pairs, 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. The students start by reviewing prompts on the worksheet and forming the present simple questions they need to ask in order to do the activity, e.g. 'What do you 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 names 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

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

In this food and eating habits activity, students ask and answer food-related questions. Working alone, students read the questions about food on the worksheet and complete the answers by writing in the spaces provided. In 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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Interactive Version - In this eating habits breakout room activity, students answer questions about eating habits and then use the questions to interview a partner.

 

Fruit and Vegetable Games

ESL Fruit and Vegetable Games - Matching, Writing and Speaking Activities - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

These engaging fruit and vegetable vocabulary games help students learn the names of fruit and vegetables. To begin, students 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. 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. 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. To begin, students go through the prompts on the worksheet and form 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 questionnaire activity, students ask and answer questions about eating habits. In pairs, 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

ESL Food Adjectives Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - 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. The students begin by matching food adjectives with definitions and writing an example food for each one. Next, the students complete a set of sentences with food adjectives from the first exercise. 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.
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Interactive Version - This food adjectives interactive worksheet contains a variety of exercises to help students learn food adjectives and how to describe food.

 

Food and Cooking Survey

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

In this food questionnaire activity, students conduct a survey where they ask and answer yes/no questions about eating and cooking habits. The students' task is to find out the information on a 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 game, students play dominoes by matching adjectives and nouns together to make food and drink collocations. In groups, 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. 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 Vocabulary Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this fun fruit and veg game, students describe fruit and vegetables for other students to guess. In groups, students 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.
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Make a Menu

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

In this free food menu worksheet, students create a restaurant menu, showing dishes they like to eat along with the price and ingredients of each dish. 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 the price and a description of the ingredients. 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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Food for Thought

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

In this free food discussion activity, students write about and discuss types of food and dishes. The students read the categories on the worksheet and write an example of a food or dish for each one. In groups, 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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Interactive Version - In this free food discussion breakout room activity, students write food and dishes belonging to certain categories and then discuss their answers in groups.

 

Gone in 60 Seconds

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. In the game, two teams 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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Interactive Version - In this food vocabulary breakout room game, pairs of students talk about food-related words for 60 seconds.

 

School Lunches

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

In this food and nutrition worksheet, students categorize food items and plan a school lunch menu. 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. In groups, the students then compare their school lunch menus with their classmates. Afterwards, the students answer questions about which school lunch they like the best and which lunches they think school children will like and dislike.
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