Learn words for everyday objects by doing these exercises.

September 8, 2022 8:47 PM
Although your students would not anticipate using an egg timer or a toothbrush in class, these common objects can serve as the foundation for engaging lectures. Beginning with basic items that English language learners can see and hold is advised

Even if they don't necessarily know what they are called in English, students should know what they are or what to do with them. Common objects can be utilised for additional classroom activities in addition to teaching the name for the thing. Here are a few instances:


Take an egg timer: Of course, you might use it to keep track of a speaking exercise. But wouldn't having your English pupils explain the form or sound it produces be more enjoyable? You might also utilise the timer to give your children time-related puzzles and tests, or to practise numbers with them.

You might make a board with pictures of your things using Post-it Notes and encourage your pupils to add Post-it Notes with the appropriate English terms to it. Write a letter on each Post-it. Note and instruct your children to rearrange the letters to produce the desired word. This is another well-liked educational activity.

Simple home items usually have practical uses, thus they belong in a certain space of the house. Another lesson about being at home and other things you could find there might be built around this. Take the toothbrush as an illustration. I suppose that belongs in the restroom. Consider asking your pupils to describe their home bathroom and any other items they could find there, as well as how brushing their teeth fits into their morning routine. They could consider their new English vocabulary the next time they clean their teeth.

Another item that most people have at home is a photograph. Ask your students to bring their favourite photograph into the next lesson. Your class can then all find out more about each other’s family, friends, hobbies and holidays. Imagine one of your students describing how they spent time in a different country and the new experiences they had. Encourage students to ask questions such as “who”, “where”, “what” and “when” to practise their English speaking skills. A photo could also stimulate role plays and collaborative working activities. Perhaps your students could split into groups to draw a picture based on one of the stories they’ve heard and find common links and interests. Anything that helps your learners to visualise and use English vocabulary in context will help them improve.


It's a terrific idea to change up the usual format of a session to teach English in your classroom using everyday things. You can also download our app from the playstore or visit our website.