Descriptive Words: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:23 Shapes & Colors
  • 0:54 Sizes & Numbers
  • 1:17 Senses
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Instructor: Shelly Merrell

Shelly has a Master's of Education. Most recent professional experience is an educational diagnostician. Prior, she taught for 8 years.

The slimy, gooey, green and gross slime made me sick! This sentence was loaded with descriptive words! Today's lesson will teach us about descriptive words and how to use them!

What Are Descriptive Words?

A descriptive word describes or gives us more information about things. A descriptive word can be a color, size, shape, texture, or number, to name a few! Descriptive words help you understand more when you're reading.

We can start with using descriptive words of things we can see.

Shapes & Colors

Any shape word can be used to describe. Look at these examples:

  • Round
  • Square
  • Plump
  • Fat
  • Thin
  • Triangle

How can we use shape words to describe, or tell about, this soccer ball? It is round with black pentagons on it!
soccer ball

Any color can be used as a description. Here are some examples:

  • Red
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Shady
  • Dark
  • Light

Let's use color and shape words to describe a stop sign. A stop sign is red and in the shape of an octagon. It's big, too!!

Sizes & Numbers

As many size words as you can think of can be used to describe. Here are some examples:

  • Big
  • Little
  • Tiny
  • Huge
  • Gigantic
  • Small
  • Medium

Number words, like these ones, also help when you're describing something:

  • One
  • Two
  • A million
  • A dozen
  • A few
  • A lot


Sometimes, we can use other senses to help us describe things. Using our hearing, feeling and taste gives us more ideas to find descriptive words.

First, let's look at touch and texture descriptive words:

  • Fluffy
  • Soft
  • Bumpy
  • Gooey
  • Slimy
  • Smooth
  • Rough
  • Hard

Then there are sound descriptive words:

  • Loud
  • Quiet
  • Faint
  • Buzzing
  • Roar
  • Pleasant

These are great words to describe tastes:

  • Bitter
  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • Tart
  • Spicy
  • Delicious

There are also ways to describe a smell:

  • Stinky
  • Flowery
  • Musty
  • Moldy
  • Nasty

Weather & Other Descriptive Words

You can describe a day or event by describing the weather. Here are some examples.

  • Cold
  • Windy
  • Hot
  • Humid
  • Freezing
  • Cloudy
  • Sunny
  • Rainy

These are some other descriptive words you might find fun:

  • Beautiful
  • Ugly
  • Smart
  • Clever
  • Gorgeous
  • Friendly
  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Fantastic
  • Incredible

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