English Activities for Kids – Fun, Free, and Engaging
How do you teach English to your kids?
Yes, we all know they get to learn it from school, but as a parent, it’s your responsibility to ensure your child is learning it with interest, and they are not considering it as a boring or a highly complex language.
Also, parents reading this need to know that a language is not only learnt in school, but it is also something attained from the surrounding. Yes, it would be best if you instilled the language wherever and whenever possible.
So for this purpose, you need to slowly start with some games and fun activities as a part of teaching English at home. Most of you may not be aware of this fact, but games and fun activities have proven to enhance the interest in learning for kids.
So we decided it’s time for us to introduce some fun games, to begin with, your kids.
Scrambled words: This is a game that is designed to learn new words and help kids practice their spellings. First, you need to write down letters of a word in jumbled order. You can give a hint of the word or a related picture to them, and you can give three chances of getting a hint. Ask your child to find the word by rearranging the letters, try encouraging them not to opt hints straightaway. This is a challenging vocabulary game and highly effective in engaging your kid to learn new words.
Miming game: This can be done as a group activity. With your kid’s friends at home for a tea party, you can introduce them to this game. Split them into two groups and ask them to come forward one by one based on their turn. Now you can write out some actions into bits of paper and keep it in a bowl. Each time a kid comes forward, they need to pick an action and mime them out to their team. Teammates need to identify the action to earn a point. So this game requires good observation and also improves their understanding of action words.
Pictionary: A game that can be played as a group or with just two. So you can start choosing a word and draw something to describe a word. Now you need to encourage your child to guess the word. In the beginning, don’t have timing for guessing, just encourage until your kid finds the word. So each time they get to guess the word, they are expanding their vocabulary.
Two truths and a lie: You need to write down three statements about you, among this three, one should be a false statement or a lie. Now you need to advise your kid to start asking questions related to the statement and based on your replies; they need to figure out which one is a lie. They will have only one guess, so they will try hard to make it out of your answer and face, a good observation and questioning skill is a part of this game. Now give them time and allow them to write down their own statements; this can cultivate creativity as well as an interest in writing.
Word Hunt: Write down alphabets of words inside a grid. The words can be written vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Fill the other cubes with random letters. Now ask your child to circle out the words they find inside the grid. You can give them hints about the hidden words. With your child’s search for words, they remain mentally active, and it also offers improved word power and vocabulary.
RHYMING ANIMALS: A fun game to teach your child how words rhyme. You need to say a sentence “I rhyme with” plus a word, and now your kid have to find an animal that rhymes with the word and say “I am” the rhyming animal. For example, “I rhyme with the bat” and “I am a cat.” It’s a simple game for improving your child’s spontaneous thinking and a good understanding of rhyming.
When you implement these games and fun activities in your child’s developing years on a daily basis, they will not only develop an interest in the game but also their attitude towards the language changes in a positive manner. So all you need to do is wait and watch their curiosity growing for the English language.
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