At the Kindergarten level, words games are arguably the best kind of activity that you can indulge a child in. It works on so many levels. Kids have enormous fun with the new sounds and letters that they are introduced to. It could be in a song format, a story format, or a game format. As long as you can engage their attention for an appreciable time window, it’s a win.
Word games for kids help preschoolers to develop a connection with literature, making it easier to improve the required reading and writing skills as they grow older. It gives parents the opportunity to spend some quality time with their kids and it helps a bond because they’re “learning” together.
Word games have evolved and passed down over the generations. Some have been developed into board games and even toys. Here are some word games that work amazingly well for preschoolers with some minimal hardware.
Make a Word
This works great if you have magnetic letters or letter blocks. This is basically for children who have just started to spell. All you need to do is give them a number of word blocks or squares and challenge them to make as many words from them as they can. It’s simple and basic and it helps lay the foundation to play games like Scrabble later on.
Guess the Animal
This is one of the fun word games for kindergarten kids that work through the charm of rhyming. You just give a word, and ask the kid to name an animal that rhymes with that word. For instance, you can say something like, “I rhyme with log…. I am a ____?”
For this game, you will require a paper and pencil. First of all, you need to draw something like a grid on the paper or just columns. Then you write down a set of categories down the side and some alphabets across the top of the paper. Now you can tell your little word wizard to write down a word in each category for each alphabet on top. This game is sure to keep a sizable group of kids engaged for at least an hour.
One of the evergreen word games that keep preschoolers engaged for extended periods of time is “I Spy.” You just look around and choose an object in your surroundings. Then you give out the sound or the first letter of that object and ask kids to guess the object that you “spied on.”
This is one of the fun brain word games that provide hours of entertainment for kids and works perfectly well in group. It kind of works out like this – Bob tells John the first letter of a word he is thinking about. He also indicates how many letters the word has. Now John has to guess the word. John has five chances to guess the word. If John tells a word that has letters from the correct word, Bob will say so and will also mention whether the letters are in the same place of the original word. The game is obviously a lot easier to play with pencil and paper. However, you can encourage children to play it mentally as it helps to radically boost memory power and spelling skills. You can also assign points for guessing it without using five attempts, like 5 points for guessing at first attempt, 4 at second attempt and so on.
These are just some of the best children’s word games you can play with your preschoolers so that they can have crazy fun while they develop their word power. You can even innovate and create your own games for your kids. It keeps you on the edge!