Parts of the Body ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Match and Snap

ESL Parts of the Body Games - Vocabulary: Pelmanism, Matching - Pair Work - Beginner (A1) - 25 minutes

These free parts of the body games help students to learn and practice body parts vocabulary. Students begin by playing a parts of the body pelmanism game. In pairs, students take it in turns to turn over one word card and one picture card. The student reads the body part on the word card. If the word matches with the picture, the student keeps the two cards and has another turn. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game wins. Students then move on to play a game of snap with the cards. One student takes the word cards and the other student takes the picture cards. Both students turn over a card from their pile at the same time. If the word card and picture card match, the first student to say 'Snap' scores a point. Students then pick up their own cards, shuffle them and play again. If a student says 'Snap' when the cards don't match, the other student scores a point and the game continues. The first student to get ten points wins the game.
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Body Bingo

ESL Parts of the Body Bingo Game - Vocabulary: Matching - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this parts of the body vocabulary game, students play bingo to practice vocabulary related to body parts. Call out different parts of the body from the caller's sheet in a random order. If students have a matching picture on their bingo card, they cross it off. When a student has crossed off all nine parts of the body, they shout 'Bingo' and read out the body parts. If the body parts are correct, the student wins the round. Play several rounds with students receiving a different bingo card each time.
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Label it, Draw it

ESL Parts of the Body Worksheets - Vocabulary Exercises: Labelling, Drawing - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

Here are two useful parts of the body vocabulary worksheets to help students learn body parts vocabulary. The two worksheets can be used together or separately. With the 'Label it' worksheet, students use words in a box to label parts of the body in a picture. For each correctly labelled item, students score a point. The student with the most points wins. In the 'Draw it' worksheet, students read a description of a monster and draw it in a picture frame. When the students have finished, they compare pictures. Finally, review the description with the class by drawing the monster on the board.
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Parts of the Body Board Game

ESL Parts of the Body Board Game - Vocabulary: Matching, Labelling - Group Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this fun body parts board game, students race against each other to land on word squares in order to be the first student to complete a labelled worksheet indicating 20 parts of the body. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board in any direction. When a player lands on a word square (e.g. arm), the student looks at their worksheet and labels the appropriate part of the body with that word. The first player to complete their worksheet wins the game.
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Parts of the Body Crossword

ESL Body Parts Crossword - Vocabulary Activity: Writing Clues, Guessing, Freer Practice - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this parts of the body vocabulary activity, students complete a crossword by describing and guessing body parts. In two groups, students invent and write down clues for the parts of the body written on their crossword. Students can write clues about the location of the body part, what it looks like or what it's used for. Students then pair up with someone from the other group and take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing words. Their partner reads out the clue for that word and the other student tries to guess the part of the body. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the word.
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Parts of the Body Quiz

ESL Parts of the Body Quiz - Vocabulary Game: Answering Quiz Questions - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this free body parts quiz game, students answer quiz questions about parts of the body. In pairs, students read quiz questions on the worksheet and write their answers in the spaces provided. Pairs score one point for the correct answer and one point for the correct spelling. The pair with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Find the Body Parts

ESL Parts of the Body Word Search - Vocabulary Activity: Matching - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this body parts word search, students find and match body parts vocabulary to definitions. To begin, students try to find the body parts vocabulary in the word search that matches with the definitions on the worksheet. When a student finds a matching word, they circle it in the word search and write it next to the definition. Students score one point for each correct answer. For an extra point, you can have students show you the location of each body part or make a sentence with the word. The student with the highest score wins.
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Parts of the Body Taboo

ESL Parts of the Body Game - Vocabulary and Speaking: Describing, Guessing - Group Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this challenging body parts game, students describe parts of the body for a teammate to guess without saying specific words. In competing teams of two, students take it in turns to pick up a card and describe the part of the body in bold to the other student in their team, without saying the body part or using the other words on the card. The student is also not allowed to point or touch the part of the body being described. Each round lasts for 30 seconds. If the other student guesses the body part within the time frame, they score a point for their team. Cards that contain two words (one in brackets) are worth two points, e.g. (upper) lip. If a student guesses only one of the words, they score one point. If the student describing the word makes a mistake or the other student fails to guess the body part, play passes to the other team. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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