Participles are defined as a verb that is used as an adjective. They usually end in -ed or -ing and can be somewhat confusing for children or those who are studying English as a second language. Help your kids out by doing something fun and unique to boost their understanding and help them have fun at the same time.

Step 1

Explain the concept of participles clearly to children before engaging in games. Use plenty of examples in sentences, and test their knowledge by asking them to explain what a participle is or identify one in a sentence.

Step 2

Give the children the lyrics to a popular song. Ask them to identify all of the participles within the song by circling them or underlining them.

Step 3

Set up a game for the kids. Divide them into three or four teams, and either have them make up sentences with participles in them or ask them to identify participles in a prewritten text. The students who come up with the most participles (used correctly) in a given time period will win.

Step 4

Give them a link to the Past Participle Game at for homework or to use during a technology portion of the class. Ask the students to keep track of their progress, or have a parent sign off on a worksheet to make sure the students are keeping up.

Step 5

Ask students to create a short play or skit involving participles. Group the students together (no more than six students to a group), and give the students a list of words for ideas and then give them 15 to 20 minutes to think up a skit. Have students deliver their play, and ask the others to keep track of the participles used.