“Add It” writing game
I love finding or creating educational games that let me teach my kiddos painlessly. Especially for my daughter, games connect her with the concept and help keep her attention.
I love the books by Peggy Kaye:
And I have begun to make up my own games when I need something to bring fun into our lesson while focusing on a specific area of our schooling.
The game “Add It” is so simple and only takes 10 minutes.
Start out with a skeleton of a sentence, something basic like this:
The boy kicked the ball.
Then you and your children take turns adding one or two words to the sentence.
The only two rules of the games are:
~After each turn, the sentence must still be complete.
~No more than 3 describing words (adjectives or adverbs) can be used consecutively.
So the game might look like this:
The small boy kicked the ball.
The small, red-haired boy kicked the ball.
Suddenly, the small, red-haired boy kicked the ball.
Suddenly, the small, red-haired boy kicked the ball to me.
Suddenly, the small, red-haired boy kicked the ball to me in anger.
You get the picture. This gives you a great opportunity to discuss the difference between adjectives and adverbs, and to identify the types of adjectives and adverbs and their functions in the sentence.
And often, with kids, the sentences take a humorous (and let’s face it, sometimes gross) turn.
What are some writing games you like to play?
*(Oops! Edited to add the links above)