Teaching English is not an easy task. Acquiring a new language is a slow process. Your child will have to keep at it constantly. So it’s important to ensure that they have fun while they are learning. Otherwise, the lessons will become monotonous and repetitive, and they will lose interest and stop committing to learning. The best thing about language learning is that it can be found in anything, a conversation, a cartoon, a book, or even games! We have curated a list of four games that will help your child learn while they have fun.
This is a very popular and commonly played classroom game that’ll hone your child’s listening and comprehension skills. This game involves giving action commands to the player. For example, “Simon says stand up,” “Simon says sit down,” “Simon says wriggle,” “Simon says raise your left hand,” and so on. You can give commands fast or give harder commands if you want to make the game more difficult. If they get the command wrong they are out of the game. The players should do as you say, except when you don’t say “Simon says”. If you simply say stand up or hands up, or say “Sima says stand up” or “Sona says stand up,” the player is not supposed to execute it. If they do, they are out of the game. The last person standing wins the game. The players have to listen carefully to understand what the command is and to see if it is Simon who asks them to do it!
Pictionary is a beloved game among people of all ages. This is a great game to play after a vocabulary class. Divide your class into three or four groups. Make chits with the new words that you taught in class. A player will have to come to the front of the class, pick a chit, and draw an image of the object on the chit, until their teammates guess it. The team with the highest number of points will win. This exercise will help your children remember the meanings of words with more clarity and ease.
Have you started teaching sentence structure in your classes? Then this game will help you assess how well your children have understood the basics of sentence structuring. Divide your class into groups and write down some sentences on different chits. Cut out each word in the sentence and make them separate chits, but ensure that you don’t mix the words in one sentence with those in other sentences. Give each group one sentence and ask them to order the words correctly until they get it right. Once they do, they can move onto the next sentence. The team that gets the maximum number of correct sentences will win. This exercise will boost your child’s reading and writing skills.
Hot Seat is quite similar to pictionary, with the only difference being that you act out words instead of drawing it on the board. Another difference is that, everyone except the player who is sitting on the hot seat will know what the word is! Divide your class into groups, invite one person from a group to sit on the hot seat, facing the audience. Write a word on the board. Invite another player from the same group to act out the word. When they get it right or if they surpass a certain time limit, you can move on to the next team. The team which guesses the maximum number of words correctly wins. This game will improve your children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to articulate.
Accompany these word games with a session on the origin stories of different words. Click here to find out why sandwich is called sandwich!
Remember, you can choose to play all of these games non-competitively as well. These games will make language learning more fun and easy, in addition to improving children’s interpersonal skills.