10 fun games that teach your kids English

September 13, 2017
  • Poetry fun
    1 / 10 Poetry fun

    Read a number of funny rhymes together and invite him to predict words that will rhyme and complete the lines.

    Have fun inventing, then illustrating, one of these creative rhymes, shares Helen Marjan, Joint CEO and director of studies at Lorna Whiston Schools.

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  • Fairy Tales
    2 / 10 Fairy Tales

    Share two stories, such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Jack and the Beanstalk.

    Talk about how Goldilocks and Jack are similar and different. Ask him which story he liked best, and why.

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  • Wild things
    3 / 10 Wild things

    Share the book, Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak.

    Help your child use play-dough to create his very own Wild Thing. As he works, talk about its character and features.

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  • Super sculptures
    4 / 10 Super sculptures

    Provide him with recycled materials and let his imagination run wild as he creates his own sculptures.

    Encourage him to talk about what he’s creating as he works, and to describe the finished product.

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  • Time for tea
    5 / 10 Time for tea

    Get him to plan and prepare a tea party for a few friends.

    He will have to make a shopping list, prepare the food, lay the table and design and send out the invitations.

    Involve him in as many of the decision- making tasks as possible, using language to rationalise decisions, rather than telling him what to do.

    Related: Worried about maid’s poor English: Will it affect baby?

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  • Sylia-balls
    6 / 10 Sylia-balls

    This is a great game for developing phonic awareness.

    Sit opposite him, and say the first syllable of a familiar word, such as “win”, while rolling the ball to him.

    Once he catches the ball, he should repeat the first syllable and add a second syllable, such as “ter”. If he successfully completes the word, he scores a point.

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  • Pass the potato
    7 / 10 Pass the potato

    Think of a story idea that would include a potato. For example: “Once upon a time, a farmer dug up a magic potato and it began to talk.”

    Then, pass the potato to him to continue with the next sentence of the story. The potato gets passed back and forth as the story develops.

    Related: Improve your kid’s English the fun way

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  • In the bag
    8 / 10 In the bag

    Write each vowel on separate paper bags.

    Gather objects, and have him pick them up one by one, say each of their names (“cup”), and place them in the correct bag.

    This is a great way to practise those difficult vowel sounds.

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  • Paper bag puppets
    9 / 10 Paper bag puppets

    Have fun making paper bag puppets of familiar book characters, and role playing a story together using the puppets as props.

    This activity will generate a lot of language, and will also help develop the children’s imagination.

    Related: PSLE 2016 success stories: She went from F to A* in English

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  • The book train
    10 / 10 The book train

    Make a series of simple train carriages from coloured card, and stick them onto the wall, one carriage per child.

    Each time a child reads a book, ask them to write the book title and their comments on the book on one of the train’s carriages.

    See how long the train can get by reading more and more books!

    (Photos: 123RF.com) 

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