Hobbies and Free Time ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Can you remember?

ESL Free Time Activities Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this fun free time and hobbies game, students try to remember free time activities, the places the activities are done and the objects used in each activity. Give each student a free time activity card. The students walk around the class, reading aloud the words on their card to each other. The students' task is to form a group of three with students that have a matching free time activity. Each group should consist of a student with a free time activity card, a student with a card for the place where the activity is done, and a student with a card that has the object used in the free time activity. When everyone is happy with the groups they have formed, the groups identify the free time activity, place and objects used to the rest of the class. The other students listen and try to remember what each group says. The groups then complete a table with the information they remember about each activity. Groups score one point for each correct answer. The group with the most points wins.
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Free Time Collocations Game

ESL Free Time Collocations Game - Reading, Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this rewarding free time activities game, students practice play, go, have, take and do collocations. Give each pair of students a set of verb cards and a set of free time activity cards. The students shuffle the two sets of cards and spread them out face down on the table in two sets. The students then take it in turns to turn over one verb card and one free time activity card. If the two cards make a suitable verb-noun or verb-preposition collocation (e.g. play sport), the student keeps the cards and scores a point. The student then tries to make a sentence using the collocation for an extra point, e.g. 'I like to play sport at the weekend'. If a suitable sentence is made, the student has another turn. If not, play passes to the other student. If the two cards do not match, the student turns them back over, keeping the cards in the same place. The game continues until all the collocations have been matched. The student with the highest score at the end of the game is the winner.
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Free Time Interviews

ESL Free Time Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this intriguing free time activities questionnaire, students interview their classmates about their favourite hobbies and free time activities. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students go around the class asking and answering questions on the worksheet and completing a table with classmates' answers. When the students have finished, there is a class feedback session to find out what hobbies and activities students like doing in their free time.
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Free Time Likes and Dislikes

ESL Hobbies and Free Time Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this free time preferences activity, students ask and answer present simple yes/no questions with a partner to complete a chart, showing what people like and dislike doing in their free time. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. The worksheet contains a chart that shows hobbies and activities four people like and dislike doing in their free time. The students' task is to ask and answer present simple yes/no questions with their partner to complete the chart with people's likes and dislikes. When the students have finished, they answer four questions based on the completed chart. Afterwards, review the answers with the class.
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Interactive Version - In this free time preferences breakout room activity, pairs of students ask and answer questions about what people like and dislike doing in their free time in order to complete a chart.

 

Free Time Mime

ESL Free Time and Hobbies Game - Miming, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 35 minutes

Here is a free hobbies miming game for elementary students to play in class. Give each group of four a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Students then take it in turns to pick up a card and mime the hobby or free time activity on the card for the other students to guess. The first student to correctly guess the hobby or free time activity wins and keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. Afterwards, students play a true or false game using the cards. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and make a personal statement about the hobby or free time activity on the card, e.g. 'I love listening to music in the car'. The other students in the group then ask the student questions to determine if he or she is lying or telling the truth. The students then each guess whether the statement is true or false and the answer is revealed. Students score one point for each correct guess. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Free Time Q and A

ESL Hobbies and Free Time Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this free time and hobbies activity, students practice asking and answering questions about hobbies and free time activities. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students complete questions and answers about hobbies and free time activities on the worksheet 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. As an extension, students create a short dialogue using the questions and answers from the worksheet and then present their dialogues to the class.
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Interactive Version - In this hobbies and leisure breakout room activity, students complete guided questions and answers about hobbies and free time activities and then take it in turns to ask and answer the questions with a partner.

 

Go, Play and Do Questionnaire

ESL Go, Play and Do Collocations Activity - Reading, Writing and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 40 minutes

In this free hobbies questionnaire activity, students practice go, play and do collocations and use them to ask and answer questions about hobbies and leisure activities. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing questions in the first column of the worksheet with the verbs: go, play and do. Next, students look at the verbs in the questions and think about what the hobbies and free time activities have in common when each verb is used. The students then complete the rules for go, play and do collocations at the bottom of the worksheet. After that, divide the students into pairs. The students work together and write one follow-up question using go, play or do for each question from the first column. Students then pair up with a different partner and take it in turns to ask each other the questions from the worksheet and note down the answers. When their partner answers 'Yes, I do' to a question, the student puts a tick in the second column and asks the follow-up question. If their partner answers 'No, I don't', the student puts a cross and moves on to the next question. When the students have finished, they return to their first partner and tell them what they found out about the student they interviewed. Finally, students share their findings with the class.
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Interactive Version - In this free hobbies breakout room activity, students ask and answer questions with a partner about hobbies and leisure activities using go, play and do collocations.

 

What are my hobbies?

ESL Hobbies Worksheet - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this free time activities worksheet, students learn to talk about things they like and dislike doing and how they correspond to hobbies and leisure activities. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching pictures on the worksheet to hobbies. Students then read sentences about three people and discuss which hobbies from the first exercise they would enjoy doing. Working alone, the students then choose two hobbies from Exercise A that they would enjoy doing the most. The students write the two hobbies on the worksheet, without showing anyone what they have written. Next, students use words and expressions in a box on the worksheet to complete sentences about their likes and dislikes and how they correspond to the two hobbies. When the students have finished, they go around the class reading their sentences to their classmates. Their classmates' task is to guess which two hobbies they have chosen from the sentences. Afterwards, review the students' sentences and give feedback.
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Common Interests

ESL Free Time Collocations Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free hobbies and free time collocations activity, students write and talk about free time activities using play, go and do collocations together with adverbs and expressions of frequency. Divide the students into pairs and give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by asking and answering questions with their partner to find five free time activities that they both do on a daily or weekly basis, e.g. 'How often do you play computer games?' When the pairs have finished, each student writes five sentences about the free time activities they have in common with their partner using frequency adverbs and expressions from a box on the worksheet, e.g. 'We play computer games three times a week'. Each pair of students then goes around reading their sentences to other pairs, omitting the frequency adverbs and expressions, e.g. 'We play computer games'. The pairs also complete a chart on the worksheet by listening and writing down one sentence from each pair. When the students have completed their chart, they sit down and guess how often each pair does their free time activity by adding in a frequency adverb or expression in the last column of the chart. Pairs then check their answers by asking present simple yes/no questions with 'Do you...?', e.g. 'Do you play computer games three times a week?' Students put a tick for a correct guess and a cross for a wrong guess next to the adverb or expression of frequency in the last column of the chart. The pair with the most correct guesses is the winner.
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Connections

ESL Free Time Activities Games - Matching, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 60 minutes

In this fun set of free time activity games, students practice making connections between hobbies and leisure activities. The activities consist of a categorizing and pelmanism game to practice verb-noun collocations, a game talking about similarities between hobbies and free time activities, and a question and answer activity. Give each group of three a set of cards. The students categorize the hobbies and free time activities on the cards into five groups, according to the verb that is used with each one: go, play, do, watch or no collocation. Next, the students play a pelmanism game to reinforce their knowledge of the verb-noun collocations. The cards are spread out face down on the table. The students take it in turns to turn over two cards. If the two hobbies or free time activities use the same verb, the student keeps the cards and has another turn. If not, the cards are turned back over and it's the next student's turn to play. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. Students then move on to talk about similarities between the hobbies and free time activities by playing another pelmanism game. This time, when two cards are turned over, the student makes a sentence about how the two hobbies or free time activities are similar, e.g. 'Painting and photography are both creative hobbies'. If a suitable sentence is made, the student keeps the cards and has another turn. If the student can't make a sentence, the cards are turned back over and it's the next student's turn to play. Each similarity can only be used once. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. Afterwards, students use the cards to ask and answer questions and develop short conversations about hobbies and free time activities. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and ask a question about the hobby or free time activity on the card to the other group members, e.g. 'How often do you go camping?' The students take it in turns to answer the question and create a short conversation about the topic. This continues until all the cards have been used.
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Hobbies Taboo

ESL Free Time Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this free hobbies game, students describe and guess hobbies and free time activities in a game of taboo. Divide the students into two teams (A and B). The students then play a game of taboo where they guess the names of hobbies and free time activities from other students' descriptions. A player from Team A comes to the front of the class and is given a taboo card. The player then describes the hobby or free time activity in bold on the card to his or her team, without saying the hobby or using the other words on the card. The player is also not allowed to say variations of the words on the card, e.g. colour, colours, colourful, colouring, etc. If Team A successfully guesses the hobby or free time activity within a specified time (e.g. one minute), they score a point. If not, Team B has one chance to guess the hobby and steal the point. Then, a player from Team B comes to the front and so on. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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What did I do at the weekend?

ESL Free Time Activities and Hobbies Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun hobbies and free time activities game, students ask past simple yes/no questions to find out what leisure activity a classmate did at the weekend. Give each group of four a set of free time activity cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Students then take it in turns to pick up a card and say 'What did I do at the weekend?' The other students then ask past simple yes/no questions in order to find out the free time activity on the card, e.g. 'Did you go outside?' 'Did you do the activity with someone else?' Etc. The first student to correctly guess the activity wins and keeps the card. The game continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Which free time activity?

ESL Hobbies and Free Time Activities Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this rewarding hobbies teaching activity, students play a game where they ask yes/no questions in order to find out which hobby or free time activity is on a card. Give each pair of students a copy of the worksheet. The pairs then prepare yes/no questions for the game using prompts on the worksheet. When the students have finished writing their questions, each pair joins up with another pair. Each competing pair is then given a set of free time activity cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. The pairs then take it in turns to pick up a free time activity card. The other pair asks up to ten yes/no questions to try to find out the free time activity on the card. The pair is allowed one guess after each question. If the pair manages to correctly guess the free time activity, they score a point. The pair with the highest score at the end of the game wins.
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Free Time Fact Finder

ESL Hobbies and Free Time Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 30 minutes

In this hobbies and free time activities worksheet, students make guesses about what hobbies and free time activities their classmates like to do and then check whether their guesses are right or wrong by asking yes/no questions. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students make guesses about what hobbies and free time activities their classmates like to do by completing each sentence on the worksheet with the name of a classmate and a hobby or free time activity, e.g. 'I think Patty likes to go hiking in her free time'. When the students have finished, they change their sentences into yes/no questions, e.g. 'Do you like to go hiking in your free time?' The students then go around the classroom, asking the questions to the appropriate classmates, e.g. 'Patty, do you like to go hiking in your free time?' If a classmate answers 'yes', the student puts a tick in the corresponding column to show their guess was right. If the answer is 'no', the student puts a cross. Students then find out more information by asking follow-up questions and writing the information in the last column. When everyone has finished, there is a class feedback session to find out who made the most correct guesses and to have the students report back on the things they found out about their classmates. If you have a weak class, you can have the students read the sentences to their classmates rather than ask questions.
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Phrasal Verbs Related to Hobbies

ESL Hobby Phrasal Verbs Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this printable hobbies worksheet, students practice ten phrasal verbs related to hobbies. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by reading a text about someone's hobbies and underlining ten phrasal verbs. Next, students write down the ten phrasal verbs from the text in the present tense and then match each one with a suitable meaning. As a class, students then brainstorm and write down a list of ten hobbies. After that, students use the hobbies to write answers to discussion questions that use the phrasal verbs. Finally, have the students discuss the questions and answers in small groups.
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Interactive Version - In this hobbies interactive worksheet, students work through a range of exercises to learn phrasal verbs relating to hobbies.

 
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