Teaching language arts can feel like navigating a maze, but you're not alone in this adventure! A great way to transform your child’s reluctant attitude towards language arts is by gamifying their learning experience.
Traditional board games (such as Pictionary and Scrabble) and other classic language arts activities (like Hangman) are great alternatives for sparking a love for reading and writing, but we’re here to offer a range of original language arts games for all skill levels.
These are our top recommendations for language arts games that your child will love:
To expand your child’s vocabulary and word recognition.
Word Bingo turns a classic game into a language arts activity that can be fun for the whole family! It’s a great way to boost your child’s vocabulary and word recognition, and to encourage them to understand and apply word meanings in context.
Create bingo cards and fill them with words instead of numbers. Once your bingo cards have been created, choose one person to call out things related to each of the words on the cards, whether that’s a definition, a synonym, an antonym, a homophone, or any other type of clue related to each specific word. The first to complete a row of bingo words wins!
You can play this game using different different parts of speech, such as nouns or verbs, or keep it completely random!
To improve your child’s storytelling and comprehension skills.
This fantastic game sparks creativity, encourages active listening, and encourages narrative development.
Start a story with an exciting sentence and encourage your child to keep the story going. Take turns to add in different characters, settings, twists. The goal is to create a captivating story by the end of the game.
To boost your child’s dictionary skills and grow their vocabulary.
Dictionary Detective improves your child’s English language arts skills by promoting independent word search, reading comprehension, and sentence formation.
Get your child a child-friendly dictionary - you can get one from your local library, a bookstore, or online. If this is your child’s first time using a dictionary, you may need to show them how a dictionary is used. Once your child’s familiar with how to use a dictionary, choose a word your child has asked you about or at random, ask them to find it in the dictionary, read the definition of the word out loud, and use it in a sentence. If your child is an early reader, you can read the definition for them and ask them to use the word in a sentence.
To boost your child’s spelling skills.
Spelling Bee Bonanza can transform the way your child feels about this skill, turning spelling practice into an exciting competition, boosting memory and word retention.
Make spelling fantastically fun for the whole family with this spelling game! To play, simply write a list of words that you think your child should be able to spell - from very simple sight words, to more complex words (be sure to adjust this to your child’s grade level - you can even use their grade’s word lists to consolidate their knowledge). Once your word list is set, challenge your child to use their spelling abilities to be crowned the family’s spelling master!
Full article: Spelling Games for Kids
To help your child develop their reading comprehension and critical thinking.
This interactive game transforms reading into an exciting adventure, improving your child’s reading comprehension and analytical thinking at the same time!
Write a set of clues related to the book your child’s currently reading - if they’re not currently reading anything, you can use their favorite book or story. The clues should mention character and setting descriptions, events that happen in the story, passages from this book or story, and any other details your child might associate with the story. The game ends when your child guesses the title of the book or story.
Full article: Reading Games for Kids
To strengthen your child’s phonics and rhyming skills.
This language arts game improves phonemic awareness, which is a crucial skill for early readers!
Rhyme Time Challenge is a phonics game that can be played anytime, anywhere! Simply pick a word and take turns coming up with as many rhyming words as possible with or without a time limit.
Foster a love for words and creativity.
Word Wall Art combines art and language arts, making vocabulary acquisition engaging and memorable.
Create a "Word Wall" with colorful paper and markers. Each day, add a new word along with its definition and a sentence. Encourage your child to illustrate the word's meaning.
Improve grammar skills while having fun.
Grammar Guardians turns grammar practice into a more interactive and enjoyable experience for your child. Being aware of different grammatical elements within a story teaches children to recognize and use grammar rules correctly, and encourages them to engage more deeply with the text at hand, improving their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.
To play this grammar game, choose a book or story your child enjoys. While reading together, pause throughout the story and ask your child to identify specific grammar elements, like nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, or punctuation marks. Give your child one point for every grammatical element they find and come up with an award system linked to these points. If you have more than one child, you can turn this game into a friendly competition!
To make ELA fantastically fun for children aged six to twelve!
Our reading & writing program for kids has been created by education experts to boost your child’s reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary using a gamified approach to teaching English language arts. We also offer personalized feedback on all the work submitted by children on the program to ensure steady progression.
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