Fun with Phrasal Verbs

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Find your Match!

A fun and physical task to get your students moving and a great
way to review phrasal verbs which you have alreadyphrasal verbs covered throughout the week.

  • Prepare 6 or 7 phrasal verbs to review
  • Cut up the phrasal verbs so that, e.g, ‘come’ and ‘across’ are on different pieces of paper.
  • Hand each student in your class either a verb or a preposition
  • Students now stand up and speak to the other students in the class to find their partner.
  • Student A: I have ‘come’, what do you have?
    Student B: I have ‘in’ – we didn’t study that phrasal verb this week so we’re not a match!
  • Students continue to speak to each other until they find their partners.


Students may make a matching phrasal verb such as ‘come’ and ‘in’.  You’ll need to make it clear at the beginning of the task that it must
be a phrasal verb you have done during the week as there could be lots
of matching possibilities!

Teacher Says….

A TEFL take on ‘Simon Says’ and another fun way for young learners to review phrasal verbs you have already covered or to check in on what students know before introducing new ones.


Put on your


 Throw away
your pen
 Pick up
your pen
 Sit down  Stand up

 Look after a


Look up a
word in your dictionary

 Turn around

 Take off your shoes

 Get out of bed

 Wake up

 Turn on the

 Turn off the TV

 Try on a dress


Ask for a pencil



  • Prepare a list of phrasal verbs which can be acted out.phrasal verbs
  • Divide your class into 3 or 4 teams (depending on numbers).
  • Explain that you will ask each team in turn to mime a phrasal verb.
  • Students in the group nominate one of their team members to act out
    the phrasal verb
  • If the student acts it out correctly, the team get 3 points.
  • If the team don’t know the phrasal verb, they must choose to ‘throw it’
    to another team
  • If another team mimes it correctly, they steal the points but if they don’t get it correct, the original team are awarded the points.

Sentence Builder Game Show



Look for



Come across


Get over



Get on



Put off


Call off



Bring up



Put on


Give up

Divide your students into 2 or 3 teams (depending on class size)

  • Each team collaboratively write a sentence using one of the phrasal verbs they choose
  • Each phrasal verb has a number of points attached. If a team chooses ‘Look for’ and write an accurate sentence, they will be awarded ‘1 point’
  • If the other team choose ‘get over’ as it’s a more difficult option and write a correct sentence, they will be awarded ‘3 points’.
  • This game can be adapted to suit whatever phrasal verbs you are teaching and you (or your students) can decide how many points to award for each one.

We Challenge You

This is a great task which gets all students thinking and again has a competitive
edge to make it even more fun and engaging for learners of all ages.

  • Give students a list of phrasal verbs which you have covered already during the week
  • Divide the class into teams
  • Each team in turn chooses one of the phrasal verbs and challenges the other team
  • For example, Team A chooses ‘take up’ and asks Team B to give ‘3 reasons why you take up a new hobby’. Team B has one minute to come up with 3 reasons, such as to meet new friends, to have fun, to learn something new. 
  • If the team completes the challenge, they are awarded 3 points. Now it is their turn to ask the next team.

Do you use any other fun games for reviewing phrasal verbs with your students? 

5 Responses

  1. Maryshepherd

    Great ideas here. I sometimes do the first activity to pair up new partners That way they think it is a random exercise but I know who I want to work together. And nobody is reticent. Devious? Perhaps, but effective.

  2. Carme LLaona Gibert

    I sometimes prepare domino with phrasal verbs.

  3. Hi,

    Great ideas on an important language point for our students!

    Here are some html5 games I designed, Across’N’Down & Lingo Bingo – they can be played on phone/tablet/computer, against the computer or with a friend (pass’n’play, not online).



  4. Hi!
    Just to let you know that we’ve shortlisted this blog post for this month’s TeachingEnglish blog award and I’ve put up a post about it on today’s TeachingEnglish Facebook page, if you’d like to check there for comments.


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