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Today, there are many methods in which teaching a child English necessarily takes into account all the psychological characteristics and contributes to its development. Successfully used are bright colored cubes that stimulate the work of fine motor skills, and large posters that use the visual channel for perceiving information.

But, probably, one of the most popular means for both teachers and parents is cards for learning English. After all, it is them that are so easy and simple to use for many entertaining games in English.

The disadvantages of cardboard cards, perhaps, can only be attributed to the fact that they require a very careful attitude to themselves.

But the cards have a lot of advantages:

1. Visibility.

If the cards are of high quality, then the colors on them are bright and juicy, and the image is large and clear. They invariably attract the attention of the child, and he just wants to take them in his hands as soon as possible and properly examine them.

And if the cards are black and white and printed on a regular printer, then they give even more room for the kid's imagination when he picks up a pencil or brush and starts coloring the pictures. And who said that the pig must be pink, and the bunny must be gray? Let it be fabulous multi-colored animals, as in the picture below.

2. Ease of use.

Unlike a picture book or the same cubes, you can always put cards in your pocket with you and go on the road, they can be laid out, turned over, and swapped in different ways. Accordingly, they are very convenient to use in games for learning English words, even in a car or on a bus.

3. Benefits for the development of the child.

During games with cards, memory, imaginative thinking, and logic of the baby develop. In addition, talking about the habits of a particular animal depicted on the card, the child can jump, run, stomp his feet and clap his hands, thereby doing a little exercise, which is simply necessary for the full development of children of any age.

Below are seven popular English card games, the rules of which can be changed according to the age of the child and the level of language proficiency, while getting new interesting games.

Bingo game Bingo
is probably the most famous card game in teaching English to children. The spirit of competition, the desire to win, violent emotions and joyful cries of Bingo make this game invariably popular among both 3-4 year olds and 7-8 year olds.

Bingo Rules

Each player is given large cards with marked rectangles (about 8-9). In each of these rectangles there is an image corresponding to the theme that needs to be repeated with the children. These can be animals, body parts, clothing, buildings, etc. The images may be the same for all children, but the order of their arrangement on the sheet must necessarily be different for each.

Further in the course of the game, the host slowly calls each of the objects (animals) in English, also raising the card up. Children should cross out on their sheet the image corresponding to the word they heard and the picture. When the child sees that all his images are crossed out, he must shout out the word Bingo. Since the images are the same for all children, the one who does it first wins, provided that all the images are crossed out correctly.

The rules of the game are quite simple and clear. At the same time, it will be a great way to repeat English words and develop the child's auditory and visual memory, as well as his attention.

If the children are already familiar with how to read the words corresponding to the pictures, you can distribute sheets in which English words are written instead of pictures. As the game progresses, offer to cross out exactly them when the host says the word out loud and shows the picture.

Game What's Missing? (What's missing?)
Another great game that not only teaches English but also helps develop a child's memory is What's Missing? You can play it from the age of three.


You should not allocate more than 15 minutes for one game with cards: this time is enough to support the motivation to learn English and repeat all the necessary words.

For it, you will need cards with thematic images, which can be found in the relevant sections of the Englishlittle website. The younger the children, the fewer cards should be in a row. For example, for 3-4 years old, six cards will be enough, and for older children, their number can be increased to 9-10.