3 Vocabulary-Building Word Games Your Child Will Love

Having a comprehensive vocabulary bank is essential to write good compositions. There are several ways to have your child pick up new vocabulary, one of which is to enrol them in an English tuition centre. If you hesitate to spend a lot, you can engage them with some fun-filled games instead! Have a go at some of these games.

Game 1: Hangman

  • Recommended for ages: 6 and up
  • Number of players: at least 2
  • What you’ll require: Pencil and paper


How the game goes

A category is first decided before a player chooses a word or phrase that correspond to the theme. They will then draw the number of blanks in per number of letters.

The other players would then guess the word(s) letter by letter. If they got it right, they will fill the respective blanks with the letter. Otherwise, the first player will start drawing the Hangman. To win, one will need to guess the word before the Hangman is fully drawn.

How does the game improve vocabulary?

Your child will not only be introduced to new words or idioms, but they will also learn to categorise words. With this game, you can adjust the difficulty level according to your child’s age and level.

Game 2: The Letter Train

  • Recommended for ages: 8 and up
  • Number of players: at least 2
  • What you’ll require: Nothing


How the game goes

Like the Hangman, a category needs to be established before the game could begin. The first player will start by stating a word in that category, and the next player have to figure a word that begins with the last letter of the previous word. For instance, if the category is fruits, and the first word is ‘orange’, the next word may be ‘eggplant’.

Since it’s a verbal game, it allows you to play anywhere, at any time. To ramp up the difficulty, you can impose a time limit in which they can churn out a word.

How does the game improve vocabulary?

The game allows children to make use of words that they have learnt and allowed them to pick up new words raised by other players.

Game 3: I spy

  • Recommended for ages: 5 and up
  • Number of players: at least 2
  • What you’ll require: Nothing!


How the game goes

The player eyes an object and will start describing the object by starting it with, “I spy with my little eye, something that is …”. It’s a fairly easy game, but if you wish to make it a little harder, you may restrict their descriptions to a particular sort such as colour or shape.

How does the game improve vocabulary?

This game trains children’s observation and description skills. They will practice using their existing vocabulary and pick up new ones.

These are some classic favourites that will boost your child’s vernacular. Try them out this weekend with your child, and see them grow in their language skills!

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