Have you ever found yourself feeling enormously amused by a mispronounced word your toddler or preschooler may have said out loud? We agree, they do sound adorable! However, it’s our mission to correct them and help them achieve strong vocabulary growth before they start school.
Catherine Snow, Ph.D., professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education explained the importance of vocabulary growth in preschool:
When young children learn words, they are simultaneously being exposed to new ideas and concepts.
The single best predictor of academic success for children throughout the school years is their vocabulary when they start kindergarten.
One of the ways to improve vocabulary with your preschoolers is playing a game which includes words and possibilities for children to show those words around them. We thought of a fun way to help you play a vocabulary game. Let’s have a look together!
Cyclops’s body parts
Have you met our Cyclops yet? He is a part of our prized educational game Lipa Knight which helps your children explore and develop their science skills. Our Cyclops is an unusual creature with unusual body parts which would be fun for kids to explore, describe, name and talk about. When you see the words describing Cyclops’s body parts, you will notice they are just like ours. However, when children point to each of his body parts, it will be fun for them to see how different Cyclops is from them and hence compare his body parts to theirs.
For example, our Cyclops has got only one eye. Isn’t that funny? What you can do as a parent or a teacher is ask children to tell you the differences between their and Cyclops’s body parts.
How to play the game?
To prepare yourself and the children for the game, feel free to follow these steps:
- Download Cyclops here
- Cut out square-shaped frames made out of cardboard box (the number of frames depends on the number of children playing this game)
- Let the children color their cardboard frames any way they like (they can color them in one color or simply draw patterns all over them)
- Cut the Cyclops image (together with the listed body parts) and glue it on or inside of your square-shaped cardboard surfaces/frames
Now that each child has its own picture of our Cyclops, you can write his body parts on your board. This way you can introduce reading and discovering ways to play this game.
2 ways to play body parts game with Cyclops
Include discovering tasks in this game by asking children to point to Cyclops’s body parts. You can use questions such as “Where is the nose?” or “Where is the mouth?”. Every time they point to one Cyclops’s body part, they should find the same body part on themselves. You can then ask “What’s the difference between your eye and Cyclops’s eye”? Everybody will know the difference, but it will be interesting to hear how they use vocabulary to explain the differences.
Reading task would be for older children who are getting ready for school or are already attending one. You can point to the body parts you have written on the board. Children should read what it says and show that body part on Cyclops. Again, you can ask them to compare their own body parts with the Cyclops’s.
It’s fun, isn’t it?
Any vocabulary game is always a good option for your day-to-day activities in school or at home. Feel motivated to introduce children to new words no matter what you do and where you go. There are endless possibilities for including new words and repeat the old one every day.
Let us know what are your own ways of introducing children to words. We would love to hear from you!
Have fun talking and exploring new words this week! We’re sure your children will enjoy it.