Hobbies and Free Time - ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Can you remember?

ESL Free Time Activities Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students play a memory game where they have to remember free time activities, the places the activities are done and the objects used in each activity. Each student is given 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. The correct answers are then checked with the class. Groups score one point for each correct answer. The group with the most points wins.
 

Common Interests

ESL Free Time Collocations Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 30 minutes

In this insightful free time activities worksheet, students write and talk about leisure activities using play, go and do collocations together with adverbs and expressions of frequency. The students are divided into pairs and each student is given 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.
 

Free Time Collocations Game

ESL Free Time Collocations Game - Reading, Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this rewarding free time activities game, students practice play, go, have, take and do collocations. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given 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.
 

Free Time Interviews

ESL Hobbies and Free Time Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this intriguing worksheet activity, students interview their classmates about their favourite hobbies and free time activities. Each student is given 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.
 

Free Time Likes and Dislikes

ESL Free Time Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this engaging free time activities worksheet, 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. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given 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, the answers are reviewed with the class.
 

Free Time Mime

ESL Hobbies and Free Time Activities Game - Miming, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 minutes

Here is an amusing hobbies and free time activities miming and true or false game for elementary students to play in class. The students are divided into groups of four. Each group is given 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. Play continues until all the cards have been used. 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 game continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
 

Free Time Q & A

ESL Hobbies and Free Time Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this handy worksheet activity, students practice asking and answering questions about hobbies and free time activities. Each student is given 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, they are divided 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.
 

Go, Play and Do Questionnaire

ESL Hobbies and Free Time Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 40 minutes

In this free time activities worksheet, students practice go, play and do collocations and use them to ask and answer questions about hobbies and leisure activities. Each student is given 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. When the students have finished, the questions are checked with the class. 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, the students are divided 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 onto 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.
 

What are my hobbies?

ESL Hobbies and Free Time Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this free time activities worksheet activity, students learn to talk about things they like and dislike doing and how they correspond to hobbies and leisure activities. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching pictures on the worksheet to hobbies. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class. 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, the students' sentences are reviewed and feedback is given.
 

What did I do at the weekend?

ESL Free Time Activities Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this fun free time activities game, students ask past simple yes/no questions to find out what leisure activity a classmate did at the weekend. The students are divided into groups of four. Each group is given 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.
 

Connections

ESL Hobbies and Free Time Activities Game - Matching, Listening and Speaking - Pre-Intermediate - 60 minutes

In this entertaining free time activities game, 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. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given 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 sport: go, play, do, watch or no collocation. When the groups have finished, the answers are checked with the class. 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.
 

Hobbies Taboo

ESL Hobbies and Free Time Activities Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 minutes

In this engaging activity, students describe and guess hobbies and free time activities in a game of taboo. The class is divided 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 is given a card and so on. Teams continue taking it in turns to play until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
 

Which free time activity?

ESL Hobbies and Free Time Activities Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 30 minutes

In this rewarding 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. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given 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 game continues until all the cards have been used. The pair with the highest score at the end of the game wins.
 
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