If you are wondering about the benefits of adjective games for kids, ask any teacher who has employed them in his or her classroom. Adjective games are very effective when it comes to developing a stronger vocabulary.
Students seem to learn almost anything more quickly when the learning process is fun. Furthermore, students learn faster when they use their new skills often, and games will make students want to keep using adjectives over and over.
Games with objectives can focus on different skill sets, such as building a complex adjective, strengthening descriptive skills, honing grammar usage skills, developing creativity, and boosting critical thinking skills. Don’t tell the kids that playing adjective games is good for their mental health: they won’t believe you since these games can be so fun!
One reason teachers want to play adjective games with their students is that they want them to become more accurate and specific when it comes to describing something. Outside of the classroom, if they are always using indicators such as “cool” or “nice,” they will not learn to describe things in ways that other people will understand.
To focus on this skill set, try a game called Adjective Battleship. Bring in groups of small objects that are all similar in some ways but different in others. For example, bring in toy cars that are all the same colors, but are different shapes, or three green apples that are all different sizes.
Break students into pairs, and give each pair a set of three objects. Have one student secretly pick an object, and then have the other student guess which one the first student is thinking of. The second student must ask questions that use adjectives. For example, a student could ask questions like, Is it big? Is it round?, Is the doll’s face happy? Confused?
This way, students will learn to be more accurate in describing things.
One of the more popular adjective games for kids is 50 Awesome Adjectives. Ask students to bring in a picture of one of their favorite places, perhaps a memorable vacation spot, their home, or a relative’s house. Then, give them paper and ask them to write sentences describing the place using as many adjectives as possible.
Encourage them to be creative in their descriptions. Instead of a bald statement like, “There are four trees in the garden,” you want something like, “There are four tall, twisty trees with thick, bushy, green leaves in the shady garden.” The goal is to include 50 different adjectives in their description of the place.
Once that's done, ask them to trade descriptions with another student, and have them mark each adjective they find with a highlighter. If the other student finds at least 50 awesome adjectives, they can put a sticker on the description. Put the descriptions, along with the pictures, on a bulletin board in the room so the students can be proud of their acheivement and often see the photos of their favorite places.
If someone is truly stuck and cannot find enough adjectives, you can allow them to look up new words using the thesaurus so that their vocabulary expands. That way, everyone wins, and students grow!
Some of the most fun adjective games for kids are the ones they can play independently, such as word searches, puzzles, and brain teasers that feature adjectives. Most of these games can be found online, and teachers can even design them using generators so that students can focus on the vocabulary that is being taught in the classroom.
These games don’t just teach new adjectives: they also boost attention, critical thinking, and independent learning skills. For more information about good adjective games for kids to use in your classroom, ask your peers what games they use to make learning adjectives fun for their students.