Food Vocabulary- Brainstorming Game

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Topic: Food

Grammar Topic: Vocabulary

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Food vocabulary brainstorming games
Worksheet 1- Brainstorming by category
With your partner, write as many different English words or expressions as you can in the 
categories below. If there is something you don’t know the word for but can explain by drawing, 
miming or describing the function, you can ask your teacher for help.

Kitchen equipment

Ways of cooking food

Other things you do to 

food

Using your bilingual dictionaries, try to add at least three words or expressions to each column. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2009

Food vocabulary brainstorming games
Worksheet 2- Categorizing food vocabulary

Put these words into the three categories on the previous page:

bake 

cling film

boil 

aluminium foil

can opener 

corkscrew

fry 

bottle opener

measuring cup

potato peeler 

grill

cooker/ stove

measuring spoon 

oven

fridge 

stir fry

mixing bowl 

freezer

kitchen roll

fish slice

poach

chop

roast 

slice

rolling pin 

dice

kitchen knife mix

bread knife

squeeze

spoon 

separate

spatula 

grind

steam 

dishwasher

egg timer 

wooden spoon

sieve

cooking chopsticks

colander

chopping board

whisk

peel

food processor

grate

kitchen scales cheese grater

frying pan

spread

saucepan

apron

mash

serving spoon

toast

stew

pickle

wash

oven glove

crush

press

smoke

wrap

roll

tongs

pepper grinder

coffee grinder stir

microwave (oven)

Use your monolingual dictionaries to check your answers.

Check your answers on the next page. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2009

Food vocabulary brainstorming games
Worksheet 3- Answer key 

Kitchen equipment

Ways of cooking food

Other things you do to 

food

cooking chopsticks

dishwasher

measuring cup

cooker/ stove

potato peeler

bottle opener

spatula, rolling pin

egg timer

can opener

bread knife

sieve, mixing bowl 

freezer, kitchen roll

fish slice

spoon

cling film

kitchen knife

measuring spoon

oven, microwave

fridge

aluminium foil

corkscrew

wooden spoon

chopping board

whisk

colander

food processor

frying pan

kitchen scales

cheese grater

saucepan, apron

serving spoon

oven glove, tongs

pepper grinder

coffee grinder

microwave (oven)

poach

grill

bake

roast

fry

boil

steam

toast

stew

mix

squeeze

slice

separate

chop

grind

whisk

dice
peel

grate

spread

mash

wash

pickle 
stir fry

crush

press

smoke

wrap

roll

stir

In pairs, test each other by reading out one of the words or expressions that were new to you and 
seeing if your partner can remember which category it fits in.

Working together, cover one of the columns above and see how many of the words and expressions 
you can remember.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2009

Food vocabulary brainstorming gamesWorksheet 4- Brainstorming by collocation, 
Work with a partner to write as many foods as you can that fit in with the top section below in the 
time limit that your teacher sets you. When you have finished, exchange pieces of paper with 
another team and check their answers. Do the same with each of the sections below that your 
teacher chooses (or they may let you choose your own).

Make sure you write each food in the right form, e.g. a potato, some potatoes or some potato- if 
more than one is possible you can score more than one point by writing them both/ all

Boil + 

Fry +

Grill +

Chop +

Slice +

Steam +

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2009

Food vocabulary brainstorming games
Worksheet 5- Brainstorming by pronunciation, grammar and container 

Foods and drinks including the schwa sound (the last sound in “computer”)

Foods and drinks with four syllables

Uncountable foods and drinks (please write as “some ______________”)

Countable foods (please write as “some ____________ s”)

Foods that can be countable and uncountable

A carton +

Container + food or drink, e.g. a jar of jam (please only put one food for each 
container)

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2009