Idioms can be really confusing, but can be used to make figurative language fun and exciting. Sometimes they need a little more explaining and the idioms games can help with this.
Before using the cards, introduce Idioms to the class and explain that they are phrases that we use in descriptive or figurative language that don’t have a literal meaning.
There are three games in total using 15 example cards that can be printed (and laminated if you so wish).
Game no.1 Working as a class. Shuffle the cards and place them face down. Select a card and use it in a sentence. Let the class or team guess the meaning. The teacher can start with this, giving examples and explaining each idiom and then the students can play in teams or as a class.
Game no. 2 Working as a class or teams. Shuffle the cards and place them face down. Select a card and use it to mime the idiom. Let the class or team try to guess the mime of the idiom. Expect some laughs!
Game no. 3 Working individually, shuffle the cards and place them face down. Select a card and write a sentence using the idiom. Read it to your classmates. The funniest one wins!