7 Super Fun Food Vocabulary Games

These food vocabulary games are all designed to teach the names of food in English to kids and beginner English language learners. Food vocabulary is one of my favorite topics to teach because students are always so passionate and excited to learn about food in English. But be careful! These food games will likely leave you and your students very hungry! As always, these games are FREE to use in your lessons!

Food – Top 5 Quiz

This first food activity is always a big hit with my students! To play, first put students in pairs or small teams. Give each team a piece of paper or a whiteboard to write their answers on, and have them write their team name at the top. Now, the game can begin.

This game is a ‘Top 5’ quiz with 10 questions about food. Each question can have multiple possible answers. For example, “Name a sweet dessert.” Each team must write down one answer only. If their answer is in the ‘Top Five’ answers, then they score some points! The team with the most points at the end is the winner!

This game is great to use as a review activity in any food vocabulary lesson. Students really enjoy it, especially when they get the top answer!

20 Questions Game – Food Vocabulary

If you’ve ever played the 20 Questions game in class, then you know that students love this activity! This game can be played with almost any vocabulary topic. To play in your food lesson, first, choose one student to think of a food dish and tell them not to tell the rest of the class. The other students can then ask up to 20 yes/no questions to help them guess what food it is. For some examples and good questions to ask, check out our guide to The 20 Questions Game.

Food Vocabulary Guessing Game

Next is a fun guessing game to teach food vocabulary. This activity can be used at the start of your lessons to see what food names the students already know or as a review activity at the end of your food lesson.

To play, simply show the video in class. Students will see ten pictures of different kinds of food hidden behind some colored shapes. Students must guess the name of the food before the picture is revealed.

Category Game – Food

A food vocabulary game worksheet

This game is great for more advanced students. To play, download and print this Food Categories Worksheet and give one to each pair of students. Next, choose a letter of the alphabet for the first round. Each team must write down as many food names that begin with that letter under each category.

The team with the most correct food names in the correct categories after 3 minutes is the winner of that round. Then, play again with another letter. For more detailed instructions, and for a list of categories for this game, check out our guide to The Categories Game.

Guess The Country From The Food

This activity can be used in either a food lesson or a lesson about countries. To play, first, put students into small teams or pairs and give them a piece of paper to write their answers on. Next, start the video.

This game has ten rounds and in each round students will see pictures of different foods from around the world. Students must answer what food it is and the country it is from. After showing the picture of the food, pause the video to give students time to write down their answers. Then, ask each team one by one to share their guess. If a team guesses both the food name and the country correctly, they get 2 points. The team with the most points at the end is the winner!

What Am I? Quiz – Food And Drink

This next activity is a fun food and drink quiz! This activity is great for reinforcing students’ existing knowledge of food vocabulary. And it’s super fun!

This quiz has ten rounds. In each round, students will read three clues that describe a food or drink. After reading the clues, they must guess what food or drink it is. Again, this game can be played in pairs or small teams. Alternatively, you can just ask students to raise their hands or shout out the answer if you just want to play this game quickly at the start or end of class.

Food Vocabulary Bingo

Food Bingo Worksheet

Bingo is a really fun game to review food vocabulary with kids. To play, download and print this Food Bingo Worksheet. Next, have students cut out the 9 squares and then arrange them in a 3×3 grid in any order they want. The teacher can then call out the food names one by one, and students can turn over the corresponding squares. Once a student has 3 in a straight line, they have bingo and win that round. Next, tell students to rearrange their cards, and the game can start again. For more like this, check out our Free Food Worksheets.