Colours ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Find Three

ESL Colours Game - Vocabulary: Matching - Group or Pair Work - Beginner (A1) - 20 minutes

In this colours vocabulary game, students find pictures that match with colours. The aim of the game is for students to find three pictures that match a colour vocabulary card. In groups, students take it in turns to turn over three picture cards. If the three pictures are all the same colour, the student puts them next to the corresponding vocabulary card and says the colour (e.g. yellow). The student then keeps the picture cards and corresponding vocabulary card. If the pictures do not match, the student turns the cards back over. The student with the most cards at the end wins the game. As a variation, you can have students score three points when they match picture cards. Then, for an extra point, they describe each picture card using the colour, e.g. red lips, red cap, red strawberry. For each correct description, students score a point. The student with the most points at the end wins.
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Colours Crossword

ESL Colours Activity - Vocabulary: Unscrambling, Completing Gap-fill Clues, Describing, Guessing - Pair Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this free colours activity, students complete a crossword by describing and guessing primary and secondary colours. In two groups, students unscramble letters to form the names of primary and secondary colours. Next, students write clues for the colours shown in their crossword by thinking of two things that represent each colour. After that, students pair up with someone from the other group and take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of the missing colours in their crossword. Their partner reads out the clue for that word and the other student tries to guess the colour. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write it in 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 compare worksheets to check their answers.
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Colouring Dictation

ESL Colours Activity - Vocabulary, Speaking and Listening: Gap-fill, Describing, Drawing, Controlled and Freer Practice - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This engaging colours activity helps students review colours and phrases to describe the colour of an object. In two groups, students begin by completing the names of 11 colours with vowels. Students then add five objects to a bedroom picture on their worksheet and colour everything in using the 11 colours. Next, students pair up with someone from the other group and take turns dictating their picture and the colours of the objects to their partner, who listens, draws and colours as instructed. Finally, students compare their drawings to see if the original and the dictated copy are the same.
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Life in Colour

ESL Colours Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Matching, Identifying, Crossword, Sentence Completion - Speaking Activity: Asking and Answering Questions - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This colours worksheet helps students practice the names of colours in English. To begin, students look at words in a box and match them with their appropriate colours. Next, students look at groups of words and decide which word is a different colour and doesn't belong and underline it. Students then write the colour of the other three words in the space. After that, in pairs, students discuss and write down what they think the best colour is for various objects. Students then move on to complete a crossword by reading clues and writing the correct colours. In the last exercise, students complete sentences with colours so that they are true for them. Students then guess their partner's answers. Afterwards, students ask their partner questions to find out if their guesses are right or wrong, e.g. 'What colour is your toothbrush?'
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Colours Quiz

ESL Colours Quiz - Speaking: Unscrambling, Asking and Answering Multiple-Choice Questions, Guessing - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this fun colours game, students form trivia questions about colours and then take part in a quiz where they ask and answer the questions with a partner. In groups, students put words in the correct order to make multiple-choice quiz questions about colours, creating one more question of their own at the end. After the questions have been checked, students pair up with someone from the other group. Students then take it in turns to ask the multiple-choice quiz questions to their partner, awarding one point for each correct answer. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Colourful Language

ESL Colours Worksheet - Vocabulary: Unscrambling, Matching, Categorising, Binary Choice, Gap-fill - Speaking Activity: Asking and Answering Questions - Pair Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

Here is a colour vocabulary worksheet to help students practice or review verbs, nouns and adjectives related to colour. First, students unscramble the names of colours and match them with their definitions. Students then put verbs, adjectives and nouns related to colour into their correct categories. Next, students underline the correct colour-related noun in each sentence. After that, students complete sentences with the colour-related verbs provided. Next, students match sentence halves and complete the sentences with one of the colour-related adjectives shown. Students then move on to complete conversation questions with colour words. Lastly, students ask and answer the questions with a partner.
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