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Shakespeare extension activities for kids

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This is a series of extension activities to be used alongside our Shakespeare lesson plans for kids.

Rachael Ro


2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. LearnEnglish Kids has developed a series of short animated videos of six of Shakespeare's plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing.

These extension activities are designed to be used with primary learners alongside our Shakespeare lesson plans for kids which accompany the videos. They can be used as additional activities to extend learners' work on the plays or as alternative extension tasks. Most of the activities are suitable for use with any of the plays.


To extend learners' work with the Shakespeare plays featured on LearnEnglish Kids and develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills.

Age / Level

Older primary (9–11 years); the level of challenge of each activity is graded accordingly:

  • easy (suitable for all)
  • quite easy (some learners might find the activity challenging)
  • medium (should present a level of challenge to all learners)
  • hard (a challenging activity to be used with stronger, more mature groups of learners)


15–45 minutes depending on the activity chosen


The list of activities can be downloaded in PDF format below.

Language level
Language Level: 
Primary level 3