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A Few Enjoyable Word Games To Play with your Children

The following word games was taken from an old book called The Kid's Book of Games by Rudi McToots.

There is a great old film called Singing in the Rain. In one classic scene, several actors chant 'Moses supposes his toeses are roses, but Moses supposes erroneously!' while frantically tap dancing. Luckily you don't have to know how to tap-dance to play this great game. All you really need to know is how to make up a certain kind of sentence. The same form of sentence must be used throughout the game. 'If (something) were (something) you could (do something to) them.' For instance, the first player might say 'If toeses were roses you could water them."

The second player says the same types of sentence, but fills in the blank words with different words. But not just any words will do. The first blank must be filled with a word that would go with the last blank in the previous player's sentence. Meaning, the second player has to think of something else you could also water (using the last example), then use that word to fill the first blank in his own sentence.

A sample game would start out like this: "If petunias were horses you could ride them." (The next player has to think of something you can ride) "If bicycles were balls you could catch them." then "If measles were socks you could wear them." then "If hats were cats you could stroke them." then "If dogs were sweets you could eat them." and so on...

Are you beginning to get the ideas? The first noun gin every sentence goes with the verb in the last sentence. If you can't think of any words to fill the blanks you are out of the game. You are also out if your first noun does not fit the last player's verb, or if both of your nouns fit you own verb, for example, 'If peanuts were pies you could eat them.' The last player left in the game is the winner, and scores points.

There is another good game that is a lot of fun to play. One person says a word, eg 'box'. The next person says a word which is related to that word somehow, eg fight, wrestle, wrap (box as verb), square, cube (box as adjective), or package, carton (box as noun). Each person can interpret the word in any way they choose because it depends on pronunciation rather than spelling (currant can be interpreted as now, rather than fruit). Just keep going until someone can't think of a word, then start again. Try to think up some variations, such as getting back to the original word, or a particular sort of word (eg vegetable, animal). This game can be played anywhere but is very good in the car!

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