Last week I came across a post on Facebook that reminded of a game my dad used to play with us. Dad has always been great with kids. He attracts kids the way magnets attract paper clips. Besides fun, play, and stories, he was great with constructive activities to sharpen our I.Q. I am not surprised I am a parent educator today. So much of the credit goes to Dad!
Hence, I dedicate today’s article to all the activities that dad played with us, which made us so much smarter than rest of the crowd!
Ideal for ages: 6 – 10years
All the activities require:
- Either more than two children or an Adult and a Child
- Pen and paper per person
Winner: For every game, the winner is the person or group with most correct answers or points.
Activity 1: NAME PLACE ANIMAL THING
Aim: To get as many words as possible per row.
The 1st player begins reciting letters A to Z silently in his head. The 2nd player shouts ‘stop’ anytime. At this moment, the first player must mention which letter was playing in his head at this time.
Let’s say that alphabet was ‘G’
Now, each player must write G in the letter column and then write one word in each column. One name beginning with G, one animal, one place and one thing with G.
The game stops whenever players decide to stop or when they complete all the letters.
Alternatively, players may simply go alphabet wise from A to Z on paper and time themselves or they may pick up letter cards from a face down pile to avoid any cheating.
Scoring: 10 points per correct answer. 5 points if another player has the same response as you.
Activity 2: WORD VOCABULARY
How to play: An adult assigns all kids one long word. They all get the same long word written on top of their paper.
E.g. – ‘Elephant’ or ‘Superabundant’ or ‘Idiosyncratic’
Aim: From this big word, make as many small words as possible in three mintues. All words must be more than 3 letters and they must have a meaning. Older kids may generate 4-letter words and more.
Activity 3: WORD RACE
Again, this has to do with picking a letter of the alphabet. Then within a minute, players must note down as many common nouns as possible. No proper nouns, verbs, or names allowed here.