17 Vocabulary Games for Kids

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Vocabulary games give kids playful practice of words and spelling. Use them at home or in the classroom to make learning fun and engaging.

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.

Vocabulary Games

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.”

17 Vocabulary Games for Kids 17 Vocabulary Games for Kids
Riddle Moo This 
ages 5+
Build vocabulary with this silly game featuring animal sound buzzers. Read the clues then buzz if you know the answer! Full review here.

vocabulary games
Super Genius Reading 1 
ages 6+
Match the word on one card with the picture on the other in five entertaining game options: Face Off, Flip-Flap, Sardines, Click-Clack, and Cooperative.

Bananagrams fun vocabulary games for kids
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 fun vocabulary games for kids
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 fun vocabulary games for kids
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 fun vocabulary games for kids
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 fun vocabulary games for kids
Scrabble
ages 8+
You know this classic game but have you considered how great it is for building vocabulary?!

Wordical fun vocabulary games for kids
Wordical
ages 8+
Consonant cards plus vowel dice equal words — and you want your words to be as high scoring as possible.

Mad Libs Game

Mad Libs THE GAME ages 10+
Get creative with words and parts of speech to make the silliest sentences possible while you giggle and bond with your crazy family or friends. Full review here.

word a round fun vocabulary games for kids

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 fun vocabulary games for kids
Blurt
 ages 10+
Blurt builds vocabulary, makes you think fast, and provides 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.

fun vocabulary games for kids
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.

fun vocabulary games for kids
Word on the Street 
ages 10+
Practice spelling, build vocabulary, and cooperate with teammates in this fast-paced, competitive game. Full review here.

Oddly Obvious fun vocabulary games for kids
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.

–> Storytelling also helps build a child’s vocabulary. Find fun storytelling games for your kids here.

17 Engaging Vocabulary Games for Kids

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