Onomatopoeia Races

Like Acrostic races, Onomatopoeia races are a lot of fun!

Two Ways To Play

There are two easy ways to play.

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One, divide a large classroom whiteboard or chalkboard into two sections.  Group your students into pairs.  Have two pairs go to the board at a time.

Call out an onomatopoeia.  The partners have to race to list 3 things that make the sound.  (You can vary the number of things listed according to the age and ability of your students).


Two, you can give each pair of students their own whiteboard, dry erase marker and sock (to serve as an eraser.  You can purchase a class pack on Amazon*.

Call out an onomatopoeia or write one on the board.

Set the timer for 1-2 minutes.  The students write as many things as they can.  Playing this way isn’t a race, but the kids have a blast listing things!

Make sure you give the students time to read off their lists.  This is their favorite part and creates lots of fun and laughs!

Common onomatopoeias that I use for this game are:  Drip, crash, yuck, ouch, ring, splash, slurp and squish

Print the Instructions

Here are the instructions for you to print out and use.

Continue play until everyone has had a turn or the allotted time runs out!

Writing Prompts

We played this game after writing Lemurs vs. Lumberjacks since the story began with an onomatopoeia.

Other Writing Prompts that can incorporate onomatopoeias are:

A Barn, Cows and Snow-Science Fiction

Comics–Monologues and Dialogues

Gnome in a Pumpkin Patch

Green Attack!–Science Fiction

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