Antonyms - Loop Game - 45 Pairs of Words

Antonyms - Loop Game - 45 Pairs of Words
Antonyms - Loop Game - 45 Pairs of Words
Antonyms - Loop Game - 45 Pairs of Words
Antonyms - Loop Game - 45 Pairs of Words
Antonyms - Loop Game - 45 Pairs of Words
Antonyms - Loop Game - 45 Pairs of Words
Antonyms - Loop Game - 45 Pairs of Words
Antonyms - Loop Game - 45 Pairs of Words
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This loop game was devised by us to support our children develop a greater knowledge of antonyms used in everyday language - as well as preparing them for assessments in language and developing their grasp of vocabulary.

This loop game contains 45 game cards.

Playing is easy. Print the words for the game and cut the cards into the 45 playing cards. Each child receives at least one card - ensuring that all the cards are handed out. Select a child to read the "first word" on their card. The children then look at their cards to see if they have a word which is the antonym to the word read. If it is, they read the word out, then read the next word to continue the game.

The game continues until all of the cards have been used. For teachers, school staff or as a home based activity, there is also an answer sheet which links all words together - of course, another challenge could be for the children to find as many alternative antonyms to go with the words given.

As the children play this game, they will be learning 45 pairs of antonyms! Once the children have played it a few times and understood the rules, swap the cards around the children. Play again.

You will find that children will start learning and reciting the words when children reveal what is on their cards. In UK schools, this game is great for preparation of SPAG!

To further develop the game, why not:

  • Ask the children to find other antonyms
  • which are not on the answer sheet
  • Use the cards as dominoes for a learning centre.
  • Time the children with a stopwatch - what is the fastest time the children can complete the loop game in?

Our children love this game, especially trying to find extra words which we had not even thought of when developing the activity. They can now apply their knowledge to their own writing.

We hope that your children enjoy this game as much as ours do.

Other Loop Games from INSPIReducation:

We think that Loop Games make learning fun and fast. Therefore, we have used this resource style to create a range of games which turn what could be dull learning objectives into fun games. Why not have a look at them by following the links below.


Synonyms Loop Game - 45 Pairs of words to learn

Prefixes and Suffixes:

Prefix Loop Game - 32 prefixes to learn (answers included)

Suffixes Loop Game - 36 suffixes and their meanings to learn - answers included

Word Classification:

As part of our work in word classification, we have produced a bank of activities on developing knowledge of irregular verbs - present and past tense (this is also a bundle to save you money). Why not have a look at the following links...

Loop Game - Present and Past tense Irregular Verbs - 36 word cards (72 words in total)

Flash cards for present and past irregular verbs

Bingo - turning present tense irregular verbs into past tense irregular verbs (up to 30 players)

Dominoes - Past and present tense irregular verbs

Cloze Procedure - Past tense irregular verbs

Best wishes


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Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words.
Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms).
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