Animals: Printable Flashcards and Board Games

These printable flashcards and board games are to teach vocabulary to do with animals

These can be used with expressions such as ‘What’s this/that?’ – ‘Is that a (lion)?’. ‘Do you like (dogs)?’, ‘What’s your favorite animal?’, etc. See below for the FREE printable resources currently available to download. 

RelatedESL Worksheets About Animals

Free Animal Flashcards

Animal Flashcards

Animal Flashcards

A set of animal flashcards which can be used to present the target vocabulary and for many flashcard games.

Student Cards

A set of 8 smaller animal flashcards for students to hold. These can be used for many card games such as ‘find your partner’, ‘memory games, line bingo, and many more.

Free Animal Board Games

Board Game 1

Printable ESL Board Games for kids

This animals board game is best played in pairs and requires one dice. Students take turns in rolling the dice and moving their game piece. 

After landing on a square, students should make a sentence based on the image in that square. 

The aim of the game is to arrive at the center star to win a point. After winning a point, the student goes back to the start and begins again. 

The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner. 

Board Game 2 - The Spinner Game

This Board Game to teach animals vocabulary is best played in pairs. 

Each pair of students needs one pencil and one paper clip. Place the clip in the middle and place the pencil in the middle of the clip. 

Then flick the paper clip to make it spin and make a sentence using the target language.

Board Game 3 - Race Around the World

ESL Board Game - Animals

No Need for Dice! In this board game students play rock, scissors, paper and ‘race around the world’. 

One student moves clockwise and one student moves anti-clockwise. 

Every time the student moves to a new square they should make a sentence using the target language.

Board Game 4 - Flick The Eraser

ESL Board Game - Animals

This animals Board Game is best played in pairs. Each student needs one eraser (or something small and light they can flick). 

To play, a student should place his / her eraser at the bottom of the board game. 

Then the student should use his/her finger to flick the eraser. If it lands in one of the hexagons, then the student wins that area and colors it in. 

Next, the students should make a dialogue based on the image in that area, and then its the next student’s turn. At the end of the game, the student with the most areas colored in is the winner.