Word Games For Kids

The Best Word Games For Children

We've played a number of word games for kids and found these to be among our favorites. What are your favorite kids word games?

Besides reading, kids word games are one of the best ways for kids to learn new words. If you’re looking to add a little variety to expand your child’s vocabulary, you’ll find below what we found to be helpful and fun. Because you homeschool, you have the wonderful ability to try different things. Take advantage of your options and have a little fun. Who said school has to be dull and boring!

Vocabulary Cartoons - These fun books will help your child to build an educated vocabulary with sight and sound memory aids. They're maybe not exactly word games for kids but they are just as much fun! Here’s an example right from their book:

PILLAGE – to rob of good by violent seizure, plunder; to take as spoils

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Blackbeard the Pirate gives last minute orders before his crew

What better way to learn hundreds of SAT words fast than with these easy memory techniques!

Crossword Puzzles - My children used to (and still do!) enjoy working on crossword puzzles. I remember doing them as kid. But I was not good at trying to come up with a word from a short definition. It will challenge your student to think.

Mad Libs - This book is a lot of fun. It’s basically a tablet of stories containing blank spaces where words are left out. You get to create the story by asking someone to fill in the blanks using certain parts of speech. It’s a silly way to learn and remember what adverbs, adjectives, nouns, etc. are. The name speaks for itself, ad lib!

Scrabble - Don’t know about you, but I’ve never been a big fan of Scrabble, so I never bought one. We were given one. I guess they never played it either. ;) We’ve played it some, but enjoy some of the other kids word games more. The children do have the hand held version. I will admit, it’s played more frequently than the board game.

Apples to Apples - This is a must have game. It’s so fun, especially when you have a group. Any age can play as long as they can read! We aren’t the only ones who like it!

Rhyming Dictionary - Yes, I know this is not a game per se, but because we use it so often when creating a crazy poem for a birthday card, I thought it would be okay to list it here. It really is a great book for locating just the right word to rhyme. It’s indexed by end sounds of the word, making it easy to find just what you’re looking for.

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