Curriculum Corner — Fun Word Games
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Everyone loves playing games! Having a few word games to play with your family will help build vocabulary, storytelling abilities and other language skills. They’re also great for just taking a break to laugh together! Whether at home or at the doctor’s office, here are some fun word games to build your game bank:
Fortunately/Unfortunately will quickly become a family favorite that causes your children to think of associations and make up funny storylines.
The Last Letter is a fun game that can be played endlessly with any category your family thinks of choosing.
Rigamarole is a silly alliteration game. Alliteration may seem easy, but sometimes it gets tricky, so this game usually involves lots of laughs.
Ghost is more challenging than it may appear to be. Players take turns spelling out a word one letter at a time. The object of the game is to not be the player that says a letter that spells a complete word.
Play a variation of this Synonyms and Antonyms game by choosing one word to have each family member generate a synonym or antonym until all players but one are eliminated. You may also work together as a family to come up with as many synonyms and antonyms together.
The Rhyming Game is a simple game to reinforce rhyming that could be played using any object.
Going on a Picnic is another category game where a player chooses a category of items that can be brought on a picnic and others try to figure out the category by offering suggestions of what they could bring.
The Concentration Clapping Game is a favorite with kids. Use this game to review science or history units, as well as traditional categories.
Tell Tale is a great game to keep in your purse. The game includes circle cards in a small can with various pictures on them. You may pass out any number of cards to everyone and start a story with one picture. The next person then thinks of a way to continue the story with one of their pictures. The original Tall Tale and Fairy Tale versions can be purchased at Rainbow Resource.
Have fun playing these word games with your family!.