Conversation activities and games with kids help them to think creatively, practice what they know and get comfortable expressing and defending their opinions. These games can be played while waiting for an appointment or while on a road trip. Adults can participate in the games too as moderators or contestants. Having conversations with children is important in their development and has been shown to lead to greater academic success in the future, according to the Education Development Center.
Other People Are Reading
Kids can take on a role and act as if they were a certain type of person. This sort of game will help develop empathy by thinking about other people's thought processes, difficulties and successes. Have one kid act like an interviewer and another as an athlete. They can ask questions and give answers based on a hypothetical game. They could also be assigned different accents and pretend they are meeting for the first time while telling each other about their pretend home country.
Creative Thinking Games
Have children answer open-ended questions about different topics. They can think about what they would do if they had one million dollars, or what they would name a furniture business they were about to open. These types of games will let them explore their hopes and think creatively. Ask the children questions about why they chose a certain name or activity and let them work through their explanation. This will help them to understand why they think in a certain way.
Play a game that is both fun and allows the kids to practice what they have learnt. Ask the kids to practice their multiplication tables or solve other math formulas. Start out with easy ones and gradually make the formulas harder. Children are excited to show off their knowledge but will have fun practicing.
Play other games when kids go around in a circle each naming a city, state or country. The next kid has to come up with another location that starts with the same letter as the last word finished. One kid could say Illinois and the next kid would say South Carolina followed by Alabama. They will practice their geography skills and get to show off what they know.
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