Teacher Toolbox

Language Games Ages 12 and up

Vocabulary and Figurative Language
  • Other games for older children to practice with vocabulary, word relationships and meaning include Loaded Questions, Wise and Otherwise, 25 Words or Less, and Imatchaination, Thryme, and Scattegories
  • Games like Wordigo and Lexogon work with vocabulary knowledge.
  • Have children work with poetry, riddles, analogies, word chains and mysteries made up for other children to solve to help practice using language in a variety of ways.
Word Structure and Meaning
  • Have older children (12 years old and up) work with anagrams, create acronyms and construct mysteries to have others solve.  The Book of Word Games by David Parlet provides suggestions for older children to work with word structure and word meanings.
  • Games for older children to work with abstract language include Picture This and Fiction Word Scrabble. Read alternative play directions for Fiction Word Scrabble.
  • Games that explore the changes in meaning and structure of words include Anagramania, Word Thief, Beheaded, Scrabble, Derivation and Keesdrow.
Context and Narratives
  • There are story telling and narrative games for older children to support their organization of language to concisely describe an event.  Games include Once Upon a Time and Nano Fictionary. (Available at www.looneylabs.com.)

One game that is useful to help children of all ages to become acquainted with a game without winning or competition is the Ungame.  The purpose of this game is to encourage children to listen, generate thoughts, and to stimulate conversation. (Available at amazon.com)