Also, I recommend taking the recommended ages as a guideline, not a hard and fast rule. You know your kids best.
These games are for kids ages 4 to 12 and beyond.
I Spy ages 4+
“I spy with my little eye . . . ” In this vocabulary I Spy game, you’ll want to give clues to find something that starts with a particular letter or letter sound. . . “something that starts with a r.”
Going Camping game ages 5+
Remember this tricky add on game? The first player starts off with something she is bringing camping BUT she makes the rule about what all the things must have in common (and doesn’t tell anyone) –maybe all beginning with the letter “a” or all things you see in the bathroom. “I’m going camping and I’m going to bring an alligator . . . ” The other players try to figure out the rule by adding their own thing “I’m going camping and I’m going to bring an apple.”
Super Genius Reading 1 ages 6+
Match the word on one card with the the picture on the other in five entertaining game options: Face Off, Flip-Flap, Sardines, Click-Clack, and Cooperative.
Bananagrams ages 7+
Brainstorm vocabulary and practice spelling while you build a cool crossword grid and try to beat your friends or family. Addictive fun!
Big Boggle ages 8+
Practice vocabulary in this classic word game. Shake the letters up then try to make as many words as you can. It’s big fun!
Quiddler Card Game ages 8+
Think of this like scrabble but with cards. Create words from the cards in your hand — each letter is worth points so players must be strategic. It’s an engaging way to develop vocabulary in a fun family time game. (see also: Quiddler Junior for ages 6+)
Last Letter ages 8+
Look at the picture card then think fast of a word that begins with the last letter of the word previously called.
Scrabble ages 8+
You know this classic game but have you considered how great it is for building vocabulary?!
Snatch It! ages 8+
A fast-paced, crossword type, word-stealing game for 2 or more players. When you see a word, shout it out and grab it! Any player can snatch your word at any time simply by adding a letter.
Wordical ages 8+
Consonant cards plus vowel dice equal words — and you want your words to be as high scoring as possible.
WordARound ages 10+
Flip a card and see if you can spot a word written around the circle — it’s trickier than it looks but exciting and competitive. Great for stretching your perception skills.
Blurt ages 10+
Blurt builds vocabulary, make you think fast, and provide comic relief. One player reads the clue to the others. The other players try to blurt out the correct answer first. Whoever wins the blurt gets to move ahead on the game board. Full review here.
Crazy Letters by Mindware ages 10+
Figure out the jumbled word written backwards, upside down, or topsy turvy and shout out the word — win the card if you’re right. Crazy Letters is another word game that builds both vocabulary and problem solving.
Oddly Obvious ages 12+
Hilarious and fun, compete against other players to answer the clues with the best word. It’s a great vocabulary game since it encourages thinking about words. Full review here.
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