Parts of the Body ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Match and Snap

ESL Parts of the Body Games - Reading and Matching Activity - Beginner (A1) - 25 minutes

These free parts of the body games help students to learn and practice body parts vocabulary. The students begin by playing a pelmanism game. Give each pair of students a set of word cards and a set of picture cards, which they shuffle and spread out face down on the table in two sets. Students then 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. If the cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game wins. The students then move on to play a game of snap with the cards. One student takes all the word cards and the other student takes the picture cards. The students shuffle their cards and place them face down in a pile in front of them. 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. Students do not pick up their partner's cards. If the word and picture don't match, the students continue turning over cards until a matching pair comes up and someone says 'Snap'. 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 - Listening, Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this rewarding parts of the body vocabulary game, students play bingo to practice vocabulary related to body parts. Give each student a bingo card. Call out different parts of the body from the caller's sheet in a random order. If the students have a matching picture on their card, they cross it off. When a student has crossed off all nine parts of the body, they shout 'Bingo'. When a student shouts 'Bingo', the student reads out the nine body parts. If the body parts are correct, the student wins the round. If the student has made a mistake, the game continues. Play several rounds with students receiving a different bingo card each time. As an alternative or extension, divide the students into groups of five. The students then play the game in their groups with students taking it in turns to be the bingo caller.
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Label it, Draw it

ESL Parts of the Body Worksheets - Reading, Matching, Writing and Drawing Activity - 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. Give each student a copy of the 'Label it' worksheet. Working alone, the students use words in a box at the bottom of the worksheet to label parts of the body in a picture. When the students have finished labeling the picture, elicit the correct answers from the students. For each correctly labeled item, students score a point. The student with the most points wins. Next, give each student a copy of the 'Draw it' worksheet. Students then read a description of a monster at the bottom of the worksheet and draw it in a picture frame. When the students have finished drawing, they compare their pictures with each other. Finally, review the description with the class by drawing the monster on the board.
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Interactive Version - In this parts of the body interactive worksheet, students learn body parts vocabulary by labelling a picture of the body.

 

Parts of the Body Board Game

ESL Parts of the Body Board Game - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - 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. Give each group of three or four a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Also, give each player a copy of the worksheet. The students then play a board game where they label parts of the body on their worksheet by landing on word squares. The aim of the game is to be the first player to label all 20 parts of the body on their worksheet correctly. 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. If a player lands on a word square they have already used, play passes to the next student. When a player thinks they have completed the worksheet, check their answers. If the player's answers are correct, they win the game. If the player has mislabeled their worksheet, they must wait until their next turn before correcting any mistakes.
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Parts of the Body Crossword

ESL Parts of the Body Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this parts of the body vocabulary activity, students complete a crossword by describing and guessing body parts. Divide the students into two groups (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Both groups have the same crossword, but Group A has the words down and Group B has the words across. Working together, the 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. When the students have finished writing, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing words, e.g. 'What's 1 down?' 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. When the students have finished, they check their spelling by comparing crosswords.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive parts of the body breakout room activity, students describe and guess body parts with a partner in order to complete a crossword.

 

Parts of the Body Quiz

ESL Parts of the Body Quiz - Reading, Writing and Spelling Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free body parts quiz game, students answer quiz questions about parts of the body. Give each pair of students a copy of the worksheet. The pairs read quiz questions (clues) on the worksheet and write their answers in the spaces provided. When the pairs have finished, they swap worksheets with another pair for marking. Read each clue in turn and elicit the correct answer and spelling from the students. 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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Interactive Version - In this body parts interactive worksheet, students take part in a quiz to practice parts of the body vocabulary.

 

Find the Body Parts

ESL Parts of the Body Word Search - Reading, Matching and Spelling - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 25 minutes

In this parts of the body worksheet, students find and match body parts vocabulary to definitions. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students then try to find the body parts vocabulary in the word search that match 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. Afterwards, check the answers and spelling of each word with the class. Students score one point for each correct answer. For extra points, you can have the students show you the location of each body part or make/write sentences with the words. The student with the highest score wins.
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Interactive Version - In this parts of the body interactive PDF worksheet, students read definitions of body parts and find the matching words in a word search.

 

Parts of the Body Taboo

ESL Parts of the Body Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this challenging parts of the body vocabulary game, students describe body parts for a teammate to guess without saying specific words. Give each group of four a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Next, split each group into two teams of two (A and B). A student from Team A begins by taking a card from the top of the pile. The student then describes the part of the body in bold at the top of the card 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. Teams take 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.
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