Let’s face it, sometimes as parents we’re stuck for something new and fun to do— something that doesn’t require intense concentration or elaborate set up. In that case, there’s nothing like old fashioned word games for kids. The games are educational in nature, yet easy to carry out. Better still, if you’ve been on the look out for activities to improve vocabulary, these games will make a nice addition to your playbook.
Game 1 Rules:
-word must be at least four letters long
-no proper nouns (people’s names, names of states, rivers, countries, etc)
Game 1 Instructions:
1. Player one says the first letter (for example: A).
2. Another player says the last letter (for example: T).
3. The first player to say a word that starts with A and ends with T wins the round (for example: Artist).
4. The player who wins the round says the first letter for the next round.
5. Another player says the last letter.
Game 2 Rules:
-no proper nouns
-no player can say, Hey, that was my word
Game 2 Instructions:
1. Any player says the first letter (for example: B).
2. Another player says the last letter (for example: G).
3. At the end of one minute, each player must announce a word that starts with the first letter (B) and ends with the last letter (G).
4. The player with the longest word wins (for example: Big, Breathing, Brainstorming—Brainstorming is the winning word).
5. Player who wins the round announces the first letter for the next round.
6. Another player announces the last letter.
Whether you’re interested in exploring new, low key games, or on the look out for fun activities to improve kids’ vocabulary, these word games for kids are a superb way to spend calm, quality time with your child. The games are very easy to learn, yet offer enough challenge to remain fun for many years to come. Make sure you make room for your child’s ideas for new rules and new ways to play –that way your child is always more likely to take ownership of the activity and give full focus and attention.
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