Verbs Flashcards


  • 40 clear and captivating cards per set

  • Each card is a unique image of an action

  • An easy to use step-by-step activity guide

Why teach verbs?

Verbs are crucial for the formation of sentences. In fact, every sentence has at least one verb. Teaching verbs helps your student learn and understand the rules of grammar.

 Teaching Targets

Each volume has 40 real-life images of people engaging in a range of actions.

Verbs Volume 1:
Bouncing, brushing teeth, building, carrying, climbing, crawling, crying, cutting, dancing, digging, drawing, drinking, driving, drying, eating, hugging, jumping, kicking, kissing, laughing, mowing, painting, playing, pushing, reading, riding, running, singing, sitting, skipping, sleeping, sliding, sneezing, sweeping, swimming, throwing, waving, whispering and yawning.

Verbs Volume 2:
Blowing, brushing, catching, cheering, chopping, clapping, cooking, diving, dressing, falling, fishing, gardening, gliding, hammering, hitting, hopping, hurdling, ice skating, knitting, listening, pulling, raking, rollerblading, rowing, sawing, sewing, shopping, skiing, skydiving, slicing, snorkelling, stretching, sucking, surfing, threading, typing, washing, watering, wiping and writing.

Teaching Support

Each set comes with a step by step activities guide, suitable for early through to more advanced learners. Includes:

  • touching
  • acting
  • matching
  • saying
  • plus more ideas for everyday life

Verbs Buying Options

Purchase the Verbs flashcards separately, as a bundle or as part of a larger language pack.

I use these action cards with children of varying ages and to target different goals. Some of the goals include labelling actions in pictures, choosing between actions, formulating sentences as well as correct verb tense. The pictures are of good color and clarity. Most of the actions depicted in the cards are appropriate and easily identifiable. I would recommend these cards.


Fantastic action cards because of the quality of the product itself and the images.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Verbs are the action words that describe what a person is doing, such as eating, sleeping and drinking. They are crucial for the formation of sentences. In fact, every sentence has at least one verb. Verbs are also fundamentally important for how a student learns and uses the rules of grammar.

Students may struggle with learning verbs because verbs are more abstract than nouns, which are the names given to people and objects. Further to that, verbs often relate to passing events in time which are more difficult to grasp than those things which are permanent. Another reason that students have difficulty learning verbs is because of their changing nature according to tense, be it past, present or future.

Here are a few examples:

Receptive language (understanding language that is spoken):

  • Increasing vocabulary – the number of words that a student knows
  • Following directions (such as drawing, painting and pasting)
  • Answering questions (such as touching an item on request or pointing to an answer)

Expressive language (speaking):

  • Increasing vocabulary – the number of words that a student says
  • Improving syntax – the rules of word order to form sentences (such as “The sleeping child” rather than “The child sleeping”)
  • Correct use of past, present and future tenses (such as slept, sleeping and sleep)

Yes, these cards are ideal for teaching ESL. Each image has been carefully chosen to ensure the action being shown is clear and therefore easy for a student to understand. The label for the action (eg the word ‘running’) is on the reverse side of each card, which the teacher can easily refer to at any time. We have received lots of positive feedback from ESL teachers who have successfully used these cards with their students.