If you’d like to increase your child’s vocabulary, check out these games from our parenting skills author, Carol Jossel. Carol is an expert learning specialist who’s written a parenting guidebook entitled, Other-Wise and School-Wise. It’s filled with wonderful ideas parents, homeschool parents, and tutors can use to have fun helping kids learn.
Best Word Games for Kids
1. Prefixes like co, anti, and dis come before the root word.
How many words can your family think up using prefixes? Feel free to use the dictionary.
a. Prefix ‘co’ means ‘with.’
Root word = pilot
Together = ‘copilot.’
b. Prefix ‘anti’ means ‘against.’
Root word = modern
Together = ‘antimodern’
c. Prefix ‘dis’ means ‘not.’
Root word = interest
Together = disinterest
Discuss each part and how putting the prefix and root word together mean something different than the root word alone.
2. Sniglets: A sniglet is any word that doesn’t appear in the dictionary but should. Look around the room and see how many sniglets your family can create. They don’t have to be real words. They can be your family’s fun words.
a. Blotchslide is slapping the bottom of a catsup bottle to get the rest of the catsup out.
b. Brattled is the feeling you get when kids make fun of you.
c. Doorslinky is the spring piece that prevents the door from banging against the wall.
Have fun building your own family vocabulary with sniglets.
Build vocabulary with the old favorite, Hangman. Use the words about a grade higher than your child’s grade. Write the correct words on a piece of paper to post on the fridge. Give a high five every time you hear him use one of the words correctly.
Carol's book has fun chapters on the brain, memory, spelling, and much more.
Carol’s vocabulary games came from page 136 in her creative book:
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