The washing line - teaching clothes vocabulary

This is a good vocabulary activity to use with younger learners.

Ece Sevil, Turkey

To teach the names of clothes, I have my students cut a page of a newspaper in the shape of a hat, gloves, trousers, etc. Then, using a washing line and clothes pegs, I ask my students to hang their projects on the washing line. My students repeat the names of the clothes after me. After teaching the vocabulary of clothes, I ask them to close their eyes while I hide some of the clothes. A few seconds later I ask them to open their eyes and name the missing clothes and then to find them.

This activity is both very useful and enjoyable for my students.

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Submitted by Aynur Akhundova on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:20

Thank you so much for this activity.

Submitted by Meryem Rhouati on Sun, 05/19/2013 - 11:17

 I really appreciate this activity. It's so creative and it helps students remember the vocabulary as they are involved in the task.


Submitted by SUPERESTRELLA on Thu, 01/24/2013 - 17:58

I´ll try this actitivity with a particular student who is really hard at communicating.. please send me more skills and tasks on speaking with this particular type of too much "quite students".!! I think I´ll obtained my Doctorate with him..ufff

Submitted by ryma imene on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 18:48

i like it i was wondering about some ways to teach vocabulary to kids so you've been soooo helpful thanks a lot


Hi Nageeb
You could use this activity with primary school children with a very low level of English. Timing would be approximately 20 - 30 minutes depending on your learners. Younger students will need more time (and help) to cut out the clothes. You could split this over two classes - cut out the clothes and then play with them next class.


Submitted by butanding08 on Sun, 01/29/2012 - 20:27

This is really good...I'm not an English Teacher, I'm a Nurse-Educator in Libya, a Professor in one of the University. I'm trying to help kids here to learn english, if you have suggestions to better help them I'm open to any. Thanks

Submitted by Sally Trowbridge (not verified) on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 08:01

In reply to by butanding08


You could have a look at our Teaching Kids section. It offers a range of activities and teaching ideas which are based around materials from the British Council's LearnEnglish Kids website.

Our Language Assistant site might be useful too. There are tips for new teachers as well as activities and games for kids of all ages.

Have fun with your kids!


Submitted by babakartal on Thu, 01/19/2012 - 17:46

that's too interesting. I enjoyed this activity. thanks

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