Do your kids enjoy writing? Or would they rather have a tooth pulled? Creating a sense of fun with language can change that feeling and help your kids be more comfortable with words.
Along with changing attitudes, word play also boosts skills in:
- critical thinking—awareness of how word choices change meaning
- control and precision—greater skill with crafting meaning
- creativity—ability to hear and play the music in language
Try these suggestions to spark ideas for word play:
When you're traveling, play word games
Here's an example:
Make up two short sentences and take turns combining them in different ways. Encourage conversation about how each word change affects meaning.
Amy and Brian argued. He bought her a new coat.
Amy and Brian argued because he bought her a new coat.
Amy and Brian argued until he bought her a new coat.
Find games online that inspire word play
Lionel's Tall Tales lets you alter sentence parts and enjoy the funny changes in meaning that result.
Random Sentence Generator produces unexpected, interesting sentences that might inspire you to write a story of your own.
Fridge Magnets lets you create sentences and email them to your friends.
Top Marks lets you try writing, editing, and communication exercises that offer amusing word choices.
If writing is a chore for your kids, give them opportunities to play with language. The fun will make a difference!