We’re all familiar with the children’s classic, “I Spy.”
However, you can take this game to a new level and help your grandchildren learn about adjectives, and extending their vocabulary at the same time.
The importance of building vocabulary
Creating a complex and deep vocabulary in any child takes years.
When a child begins school he or she should be able to say about 3,500 words. This figure may change depending upon research, and each individual expert’s opinion.
If your grandchild doesn’t have a well-established vocabulary they will have difficulties learning to read and write.
The words they hear, repeat and learn to use are paramount for giving them a good literacy foundation before they start school.
How can playing “I Spy” games help build vocabulary?
Children will learn from hearing a wide variety of words spoken to them, and in front of them.
The normal game of “I Spy” is a good start, but if you’ve got older children you may find this version more interesting.
Begin playing ““Can You See What I See?” by identifying an object (a noun) then giving it two adjectives.
For example, you could say “Can You See What I See? This thing is green and soft.”
The answer: A cushion on the couch.
Or you might say, “Can you see what I see? This things starts with the letter ‘s’ and is blue!”
The answer: The sky.
You could set a rule that younger children are given three or four clues, while older children only get one or two.
By using two or more adjectives to describe an item you are expanding your child’s exposure to a much greater number of words.
And the best part is you can play this game waiting in the car or sitting at the park.