Vocabulary Games for Kids

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Learning vocabulary is important in many parts of life, and enriches us all, but it can be a bit dull. Spice it up with these vocabulary games for kids.

Learning Vocabulary with Games

Learning vocabulary is important. It helps you understand everything from novels and news articles to textbooks and scientific papers. Without good vocabulary, the meanings of many of the things we read can be lost, and we're unable to describe things with nuance.

However learning vocabulary isn't always especially fun. Why not make it a little better for kids by playing some of these vocabulary games?

Vocabulary Game Show

You can ask kids lots of kinds of vocabulary questions. But in the end, a worksheet is just a worksheet. A better way to frame these questions is in the form of a game, like a vocabulary game show. You could create a game where teams win points by answering questions in one of several categories, kind of like Jeopardy, except without having to phrase answers of the question. Each category can even have easy questions worth 100 points, and harder questions worth 200, 300, 400, and 500 points. Kids love to have choices in anything, and this will make the game more engaging.

Categories can be types of questions. Here are a few types of questions you could use:

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