DIY Games for ESL, ELL and L2!

Virtual or Real, games are the best ways to learn language. Here are some I strongly recommend for optimal classroom experience. All you need is  a label maker and creativity to give these games a twist !


I just love this thing. Has picture, multi-language, saving, and printing all in one.
I just love this thing. Has picture, multi-language, saving, and printing all in one.
Dymo TS500
Dymo TS500 – I blinged it because I love it!

BBQ Blitz– For this game I used my Dymo TS500 (above, my new love) and labeled the game. I also had the kids label other parts of the game, and I added more realia of my own.

Kiddie version: Kids take turns putting a patty upside down on the plate. Then they all uncover and flip it. Those who match go back to the pit.

Middle School Version– Have students order the hamburgers in the target language and add a math component to it.

High School version- Trust me, they love this game. Supplement the higher version with

BBQ Blitz game available at
BBQ Blitz game available at

Zingo– This is your basic bingo games, only that naming the yellow plastic tabs (I call them “galletas”) is a trip and the students love it.

Zingo can also be found at Amazon, and in other languages.
Zingo can also be found at Amazon, and in other languages.


Kiddie version: Have a caller just call out the crackers and they must give it to the first to call the word correctly. The words repeat so the others should not give up.

Grown Kid version: Supplement with complete sentences for context meaning.  Have them place the cracker on a sentence or use them to create a paragraph.


This super iced-out game is under trademark but it is simple to make other versions of it.  It is blingalicious and lots of fun to play.

Iced out fun.
Iced out fun available for purchase .

Using non-sequential cubes, students get to make Math combinations that are represented with shapes and colors, and even names of precious metals.

Kiddies can just roll and ID

Biggies can make Math sentences in the L2, identify the shapes with more descriptors. and even research on real gemstones!

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  1. Hi are using WordPress for your site platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you need any html coding expertise to make your own blog?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hi!
      Yes, I am. What you do is continuously sign under “ (not org) and find your dashboard to edit. You do not need coding at all, but as you see the changes in your page when you make them, you will slowly start learning some basics that will help you along the way. All you need is to choose your page template, to upload your pictures, and to select your categories properly. After 7 years almost with this one, I have been a SLOW learner myself, but I am also getting “there”. Anything I can help you with, please let me know!

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