What You Need:
- A variety of items that can be described by your child. This activity travels well, so take it on the road, to the park, or to the store.
What You Do:
- Ask your child to describe something he sees. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as he can see it clearly and describe it easily.
- Pick out a word from your child’s description and offer synonyms for it. For example, your child describes a tree as big. That big tree might also be described as enormous, large, huge, immense, gigantic or gargantuan. Point out that the words you are using all mean big.
- Have your child repeat the words you provide. Some of them might seem funny to him!
- Ask your first grader if he can think of any other words that mean big.
- Pick another object and repeat the process.
- The game can be as short or as long as you like, depending on the time you have and your child’s attention span.
- When you first begin playing the Vocabulary Game, you may have to provide nearly all of the synonyms. Once you have been playing for a while, your child should be able to make contributions.
Once your child has mastered the Vocabulary Game using synonyms, switch things up and use antonyms!