Last week I came across a post on Facebook that reminded me of a game my dad used to play with us. Dad has always been great with kids. He attracts kids the way magnets attract paper clips. Besides fun, play, and stories, he was great with constructive activities to sharpen our I.Q. I will give dad a lot of credit in helping me be a Parent Educator today.
Hence, I dedicate today’s article to all the activities that dad played with us.
Ideal for ages: 6 – 10years
All the activities require:
- Either more than two children or an Adult and a Child
- Pen and paper per person
Winner: For every game, the winner is the person or group with most correct answers or points.
Activity 1: NAME PLACE ANIMAL THING
Aim: To get as many words as possible per row.
How to play: Each player draws a table on their paper as shown.
The 1st player begins reciting letters A to Z silently in his head. The 2nd player shouts ‘stop’ anytime. At this moment, the first player must mention which letter was playing in his head at this time.
Let’s say that alphabet was ‘G’
Now, each player must write G in the letter column and then write one word in each column. One name beginning with G, one animal, one place and one thing with G.
The game stops whenever players decide to stop or when they complete all the letters.
Alternatively, players may simply go alphabet wise from A to Z on paper and time themselves or they may pick up letter cards from a face down pile to avoid any cheating.
Scoring: 10 points per correct answer. 5 points if another player has the same response as you.
Activity 2: WORD VOCABULARY
How to play: An adult assigns all kids one long word. They all get the same long word written on top of their paper.
E.g. – ‘Elephant’ or ‘Superabundant’ or ‘Idiosyncratic’
Aim: From this big word, make as many small words as possible in three mintues. All words must be more than 3 letters and they must have a meaning. Older kids may generate 4-letter words and more.
Activity 3: WORD RACE
Again, this has to do with picking a letter of the alphabet. Then within a minute, players must note down as many common nouns as possible. No proper nouns, verbs, or names allowed here.
Activity 4: DUMB CHARADES
This game is more fun when played in a large group, but it is possible to play it with 2 players also.
How to play: The adult or an opposite team member gives the player a word secretly in the ear. The player must enact that word only with actions. He must not speak anything, not even a sound.
If there are only 2 players, the other play must guess the word and gets a point on guessing the exact word within the time limit. If there are 2 groups, the enacting player’s team must guess the word to win a point.
Activity 5: WORD DUMB CHARADES
One player picks a chit of words or gets a word from an adult. This player cannot announce the word. Let us say the word is ‘Water’.
He must now speak out related words that will help the other player guess the word WATER. He cannot say the word Water in any language but he can use other related words to indicate water. He must speak only single words, not sentences.
E.g. – : here he may say – blue, swim, sky, etc.
Points are given to correct guesses within the time limit. Pre-decide the time limit, like 3 minutes or 5 minutes, depending on age and difficulty.
Activity 6: WORD PLAY VARIATIONS
We can create many variations for word quizzes.
E.g. – An adult writes a list of words for all players. Players must then write as many synonyms or antonyms of those words as possible, within a time limit.
Similarly, we can do a rhyming list challenge with younger players.
Make your own variations. These activities are great fun at sleepovers and casual parties.