Activities for Kids: Vocabulary Games

Activities for Kids: Vocabulary Games

Vocabulary is the pronunciation and meaning of words, and it involves both oral and reading skills.  Learning vocabulary is one of a child’s early literacy skills, and vocabulary games can give kids the tools to communicate and read.  Try some of these activities for kids to teach vocabulary to your children.

Name Everything You See

Take a walk around the neighborhood, a park, or a store, and ask your child to identify objects.  Point to something and ask your child what it is, or ask your child to find a particular item.  If your child doesn’t know the name of an object, encourage them to repeat what you say; use full sentences, such as “it’s a ball,” to encourage your child to respond with a full thought.  These vocabulary games are ideal first steps towards early literacy, and they can be done anywhere you go. 

Thinking About Concepts

For children who are a bit more advanced or already have some vocabulary skills under their belts, try some activities for kids that involves talking about the objects rather than just naming them.  For example, while walking around a park, ask your child, “what do you know about trees?”  Questions like this one gets kids thinking about certain objects and also lets them express their perspective of the world around them.  If a child doesn’t know about something, these activities for kids allow you to teach your child something new.  As with naming objects, encourage your child to use full sentences and complete thoughts.  Also promote telling stories, and allow your child to create a narrative about what he sees. 


Kids love to bake and help in the kitchen, and allowing your child to assist you with cooking can be turned into a vocabulary game.  Ask your child to try to read from the cookbook and help you make measurements and add ingredients to the food.  These activities for kids also helps teach your child about cooking processes and their names, increases his knowledge of foods words, and encourages early reading. 

Read to Your Kids

Many experts agree that reading to your kids is the best way to encourage early literacy.  Make reading an enjoyable activity, and try to do it often; make reading a daily ritual that your kids look forward to.  Find age-appropriate books, and consider poetry as well.  Kids respond extremely well to rhyme and meter, which also tends to build phonemic awareness.  Read aloud and encourage your child to follow along with the words on the page -- even use your finger to point to the words as you say them out loud.  Reading aloud also helps you model verbal expression.

Vocabulary games can be exciting and fun activities for kids.  For those kids who love technology, find some vocabulary games online or through a mobile app.  Also encourage vocabulary activities for kids through daily routines such as cooking, reading, or observing your environment.

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