A classic vocabulary game that suits any day 🙂


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Today I had to substitute in a 2nd grade primary class, last hour on Friday … you can imagine 😉

As I entered the class, I knew exactly what we were going to do. I asked, “Have you ever played STOP??” 🙂

I remember playing this game when I was younger myself, not in the classroom though but on a rainy day, during long flights or on Christmas Eve with the whole family.

  1. Draw the table on the board so that students can copy it on a sheet of paper.
  2. Decide the categories for each column. ( I use 2 different sets like the ones below depending on my aims).
  3. When everyone is ready, choose a letter and at the count of 1… 2 … 3… write it on the board.
  4. Students have to fill in the table with words that start by that letter. (like the example below)
  5. As soon as someone completes ALL the categories they must shout STOP! and everyone must put their pens down.
  6. Ask students randomly for their answers. They must listen to everyone else’s answers to keep track of their points.
  7. Points for each answer :

1 = if two or more Ss have the same word

2 = if no one else has the same word

3 = if he/she is the only one to have filled that column




I specially enjoy the fantastic answers given for books and films as students tend to translate the names literally when they can’t come up with one that fits for sure 🙂 🙂 🙂




As a teacher, I have used this activity with all my students, regardless the age and the language level. It always works out to be a great revision game and an exciting brain teaser. 🙂