Playing Word Count Games With Kids

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New studies in the field of psychology have proven how playing with kids can help enhance their learning. More than reading books, you can boost the ability of your child to retain the information they gleaned by turning studying into a game.

Playing word count games with kids allows them to add new words to their vocabulary. Because of their desire to win, they also develop the habit of concentrating and focusing on the task that needs to be done.

Here are a few word games that you can play with your kids:

1. Counting Words

If you have toddlers who are just learning how to count, you can buy or create flashcards that aid them in counting words. The material can have a set of rhyming words like cat, fat, mat, hat, which the child has to tally.

To make it more challenging, add words that deviate from the category and ask the player to count how many words rhymed and didn’t. Another variation would be to have them deduct the non-rhyming words from the total to incorporate math principles in the game.

2. Guess the Animal

This one doesn’t need any materials. You just need to start with a rhyming word for the animal that you choose. For instance, you can say, “I rhyme with house. I am a…”

The child then has to guess what creature you’re thinking about based on the clue that you provided. The possible answers for the example above are mouse, grouse, or even cows.

You can even move on to other categories if you like. You can go for objects you find in the school or the playground for a more immersive learning experience.

Another variation is to add tunes to the rhymes to incorporate music, which also helps kids retain information better. Music lessons are valuable, especially for young children.

3. Scrabble

Scrabble is one of the top word games that’s popular all over the world. It has even become a sport, with a dedicated regulating body that creates rules to implement the correct way of playing.

The game is ideal for kids aged nine and up who can read and write. They must also be able to understand the rules to ensure a smooth gaming experience.

You can buy a Scrabble set with ease at stores in your area. To start the game, players must mix the tiles and get one to determine who gets to starts. The person who draws the letter nearest “A” or a blank tile goes first.

Players are given seven tiles that each contain a letter. During your turn, you must form a word and place the slates provided to you on the board. Afterward, you must add up the score for each letter as well as the special areas if you landed on them. Lastly, get another set of tiles to replace the ones that you discarded.

The game ends when all the tiles have been dispersed either on the board or in the players’ hands. If there are still remaining slates, you can deduct the total from each person’s score. You also have the option to continue playing until the tiles are used up.

4. Hangman

Another popular word game is Hangman. You just need a pen and paper for this activity. This can also be played by two players or with a group.

The game starts with one player thinking of a word and writing blanks that correspond to the letters that form the word. Another participant would have to guess what it is by giving letters.

The guesser would have a limited number of tries based on your agreement. For every incorrect guess, the first player would draw part of the hangman, such as the line for the gallows.

The game goes on until either the hangman drawing is completed or the person guesses the right word.

5. Word Search

Word search games are something that you can do with your kid who’s just learning how to spell. With this activity, you have a list of words that you need to find in a chaotic pool of letters. The game ends when you find all the words.


Word games are useful in helping your kids expand their vocabulary. Activities like counting words, guess the animal, scrabble, hangman, and word search test their cognitive skills.

Having fun while learning hits two birds with one stone. Children enjoy what they’re doing while you are assured that their brains are collecting information. Moreover, these games also improve concentration, which can help children in their academic and personal lives.

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