We LOVE games. All sorts of games. But truly, we often come back over and over to games that have to do with words. Today, as part of the 2017 Virtual Curriculum Fair and for Middle School Monday, I am going to share with you eleven word games that our family plays and enjoys. This week’s theme is playing with words: the language arts (ANYthing to do with the language arts and other languages). I’ll just stick with some English language games for now but will direct you to some other resources at the end of the post.
1 – Boggle
Find letters that connect to make words of three letters or more. Find as many as you can before the timer runs out.
2 – Scrabble
Use your letter tiles to create words that hook onto other words on the game board, crossword style.
3 – Scrabble Slam
You begin with a four letter word and then as quickly as you can, you change one letter at a time to create a new word. The first to get rid of all their cards in their hand wins.
4 – Snake Oil
Use you words and your imagination to convince another player that your “invention” is just what they need.
5 – Dixit
Use your brain to imagine a word or phrase to describe the image on your card. The other players all add a card that could be what you described. Then everyone tries to guess which card is the original storyteller’s card.
6 – Tapple
Grab a category and then find words that begin with each letter of the alphabet.
7 – Scrabble Flash
A single player game where you make as many words as you can before the time runs out.
8 – Scattergories
After a category is chosen, a die is rolled to determine the starting letter that must be used. Players then try to think of as many words within the category that begin with the appropriate letter before the timer is done.
9 – Hangman
The old-fashioned but never worn out game of hangman where one person decides on a word, places the correct number of blanks for the letters of the word, and then the others try to determine the word before all the parts of the stick person are drawn.
10 – I’m Thinking Of
We play this in the car all the time. One person thinks of something (a color, an action, an object, anything) and the other participants try to guess what is being thought of using only yes or no questions.
11 – Cranium Cadoo for Kids
So this one is not exactly a word game but is tons of fun and requires good use of words. With both solo and group activities, the players must complete challenges (many related to words) to win the opportunity to place a token on the board.
So there you have it eleven fun games to strengthen word usage with your family.
Please visit my fellow homeschool bloggers who are writing about Playing with Words this week:
All posts will be live by Monday, January 9th at noon EST.
Delight Directed High School English by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Act Your Part Well- 2017 VCF by Lisa @ Golden Grasses
The Search For Language by Michele@Family, Faith and Fridays
Our Top Picks for Language Arts by Amanda H @ Hopkins Homeschool
Multiple Approaches to Language Arts in 2017 by Laura @ Day by Day in Our World
How We Cover the Language Arts in Our Homeschool by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Use Your Words by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
The Art of Perfecting Macarons by Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life
Loving Languages Every Day by Jen K @ A Peace of Mind
Speech Therapy & Elementary Latin by Yvie @ Gypsy Road
The Readin’ and Writin’ Part of Homeschool by Shecki @ Greatly Blessed
Children Who Love Books by Lizzy @ Peaches At Home
Customizing High School Language Credits by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
A Poetry Feast by Sarah @ Delivering Grace
Teaching Language Arts without Curriculum by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart
I know your pain and it is worth it! by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
Language Arts: Our Style by Annette @ A Net in Time
Words! Words! Words! by Lisa M @McClanahan 7
Finding the Right Words by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
What About Reading Comprehension? by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset
Teaching Grammar and Writing Through Discussion by Chelli @ The Planted Trees
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Other posts on At Home: where life happens about Language Arts:
Phonetic Zoo (IEW spelling program that we use daily for the older two giggly girls)
Poetry Memorization (IWE poetry program that all of the girls use daily)
Spelling U See – Level G and Level E (spelling program we have used in the past and will probably pull out again)
Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar (a program that we use daily – almost completed!)
Talking Fingers (online typing program that strengthens phonics, spelling, and more)
Middlebury Interactive Languages (reviews 2014, 2015, 2016 – still used daily)
Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids (review 2016)
Middle School Grammar (posted on the TOS website, reviewed by me and used by my Middle Schooler each day)
Writers In Residence (awesome curriculum from Apologia that my 5th grader is thriving with)
Wordsmithy (review by me of a book talking about words)
There are probably more but this will do it for now.