It's difficult to find a child who doesn't enjoy performing every once and a while. Get your little thespian in the spotlight while reinforcing one of the important parts of speech—the adverb. Try this adverb “acting out” game with your child for a few laughs and lots of learning fun.
What You Need:
- 20 index cards
- 20 strips of paper
- 2 paper bags
What You Do:
- Before beginning this activity, it might be useful to have a little refresher that will help remind your child what adverbs are, and how they help other parts of speech. Ask your child to write out 20 that he knows, one adverb per each index card. To get him going, suggest a few, like “angrily,” “quietly,” and “sneakily.” Once complete, place all 20 cards into one of the paper bags.
- Next, on strips of paper, have your child write out 10 sentences about things he does or says during day. For example, “Can you give me directions to the grocery store?”
- Now the game begins! Have your child choose one card and one slip of paper from each paper bag, and tell him to act out the sentence slip using the adverb. Can he ask what's for dinner sneakily? How about hungrily asking for a hall pass?
- Guess which adverb he's acting out. As he gets better at the game, add more complex adverbs for vocabulary development, as well as a bigger acting challenge!
Alicia Danyali, BS Elementary Education, taught primary-level students for four years at the International School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The last four years of her teaching career, she taught at the Washington International School in Washington, D.C. She recently completed writing a series of children's picture books and is a mother of one young son.