Educational Fun For Kids

Building vocabulary

Building vocabulary is easy with these educational activities for kids! It’s a great way for parents and children to spend some time together as the kids find that learning can be fun!

For younger children, a great preschool learning activity is to write each of the letters on a separate piece of paper, and put them into a hat or a bowl. Each day, let your child draw a letter, and then you and she walk through the house and find words that start with that letter. Sometimes, children may be confused by some sounds like ‘C’ and ‘K’ but that’s why you’re there! Besides the fact that learning is more fun with a parent, you can teach them how some words may sound alike.

As your child gets older, you can switch out the letters for age-appropriate words. If your child’s teacher has sent home a list of site words, make those the words you’re working with. Again, as each word is drawn, trek through the house (or take a nature walk) and find places where that word can be used, or make up sentences with that word.

For grade-school aged kids, parents and children can work together to look the words up in a dictionary and then use them in a sentence. Older children might enjoy making it a competition, to see who can define and construct sentences for ten words first. It’s a great way for parents to be reminded that your children are, in fact, smarter than you are.

Vocabulary can be integrated in other ways, as well. If you’re playing a game of memory, you can have your child write the words for the pictures on the cards when they find a match. If you’re a fan of “Wheel of Fortune,” let your children watch it with you, and see if they can begin to recognize patterns that happen.

Getting preschool kids into the kitchen with their parents is also a great way to get them learning vocabulary. While cooking isn’t on any list of preschool learning games, the kitchen is a great learning environment. Children can help you prepare meals from recipes, and learn tools like “whip,” and “beat.” As you’re showing them what these terms mean, or letting them beat eggs themselves, they’re getting a solid base definition for food terms, and finding new ways to learn what words mean. Even older children will enjoy this special bonding time as they learn how to be self-sufficient.

All in all, it doesn’t take a lot of effort, or a huge investment in preschool learning games to help create a learning environment in your home. It just takes some creative, out of the box thinking to make that happen!

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