Guess Who Boardgame

Kisdobos 2011-06-29 10:21:37

This is a classic Guess Who boardgame I made using characters that I generated with the WimpyKid character Generator (

The Guess Who game is this: Students have to guess each other's mystery person before their opponent guesses theirs. They can only answer ‘YES’ or ‘NO.’

You can use this worksheet in your ESL/EFL classes to practise body parts, clothes, (garments and accessories), and asking closed (Yes/No) questions in an entertaining way. Sure to get your students involved.

I recommend using this ESL printable worksheet up till pre-intermediate level, as the game is focused on asking questions and giving short answers in the Present Simple tense using the auxiliary verb 'have', and the Present Continuous tense using the verb "wear".

Sample questions are included on page 2 of this worksheet.

Here's how to play the Guess Who game in ESL class:

1. Pair students up and let them choose a 'mystery person' secretly.

2. Tell them the rules:

A) The point of the game is: who can find each other's mystery person first?

B) Students may only ask 'YES' or ‘NO’ questions (and of course, reposnd with a 'YES' or 'NO').

C) If some detail is not clearly visible in the picture or is subject to interpretation, your pupils can reply: "I can't tell" or "It's not possible to tell".

D) In each turn, students narrow down the scope of the possible mystery persons. When they feel certain enough to make a guess, they can, but if they guess wrong, they've lost.

3. Give one copy of the boardgame to every student.

4. You're advised to hand out one transparent plastic foil with each Guess Who boardgame. Students can place the foil over the boardgame and cross out on it the characters that they have ruled out using an erasable magic marker.

Here's how this works: for example, one student asks: "Is your person blond?" If the answer is 'Yes', then he/she crossed out all the persons that are NOT blond, leaving only the blondes eligible. If the answer is 'No', they cross out all the characters that are blond, leaving only the non-blondes up.

5. Throughout the game encourage students to respond with auxiliary verbs, not just a simple Yes or No, e.g. "Yes, he or she is/does", "No, he or she isn't/doesn't" (using the form "he or she" until the gender of the mystery character has been revealed in order to keep this info hidden). Once the gender is revealed, they can go on using the specific gender in responses, e.g. "Yes, he is", "Yes, he does", "No, he isn't", No, he doesn't". You could, however, also opt for forbidding questions about the mystery person's gender. This way you'll see longer games and more questions.

This downloadable handout is meant for high school and elementary school at Beginner (pre-A1), Elementary (A1) and Pre-intermediate (A2) level. It is great for revising Questions (interrogative) in English, and is excellent for developing your groups' Speaking skills. It centers around the topic and words of Body parts. It includes the answers, too.
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Upload date: 2011-06-29 10:21:37

Author: Kisdobos

from Hungary

I am one of the co-founders of I had taught English in many contexts, as a private tutor, then in companies, and in high schools. I am active in creating video quizzes on our video quiz platform.

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