Ultimate Guide to Language Arts Board Games

Ultimate Guide to Language Arts Board Games

Board games are a perfect way to teach language arts at home and in the classroom. Most students dislike traditional worksheets. Fortunately, board games are a very effective way of reinforcing concepts.

The Ultimate Guide to Language Arts Board Games

Because Grammar Galaxy teaches language arts concepts in so little time, your grammar guardians have plenty of time left to play board games.

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If you already own some of these board games, plan a regular game time and use them. Family game nights are great, but board games can be played during school time, too.
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Then add to your board game collection. Board games are a great gift for birthdays, holidays, and vacations. They’re also an excellent way to keep the learning going over the summer — on rainy days in particular.

The problem is that good language arts board games can be hard to find.

I did the research on spelling / vocabulary, reading, grammar, and writing / storytelling games, so you don’t have to. Be sure to pin this post so you’ll have it for later.

Are you looking for free games? Check out my post on free grammar games and free vocabulary games

If you have a game you love and it’s not listed, comment and tell me about it! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post for more ultimate guide posts from iHomeschool Network.

Best Spelling / Vocabulary Board Games

When we think of language arts board games, spelling and vocabulary games are usually what we think of. Whether you have a beginning speller or a high school student, these games will expand your student’s vocabulary and help with spelling in a fun way. One that isn’t available on Amazon is Verbal Volley.

Best Reading Board Games

Board games are a great way to help beginning readers relax. Older students can improve their reading comprehension and even their research skills with these games.

Best Grammar Board Games

Grammar doesn’t have to be boring. I’ve learned that from students begging to do Grammar Galaxy every day. These board games will put even more giggles into the study of grammar.

Best Writing / Storytelling Games

Students who don’t like to handwrite their stories and aren’t proficient typers will love these games that will challenge them to use their creativity.

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The Ultimate Guide to Free Vocabulary Games

The Ultimate Guide to Free Vocabulary Games

Vocabulary is the number one predictor of your student’s academic and life success. That’s why I made it such a key part of Grammar Galaxy, a new, fun language arts curriculum for beginning readers. Reading is the best way to build vocabulary by far, but we can squeeze more vocabulary teaching in without our kids even realizing it through games.

Are you in a hurry? Pin this post so you can reference it later.

The Ultimate Guide to Free Vocabulary Games

I’m including over 50 games that can be tailored to a wide range of grade levels and number of players. If you scroll down, you’ll find a list of online vocabulary game sites that are also free. If you love this list, be sure to check out the Ultimate List of Free Grammar Games as well.

Free Vocabulary Games

Antonym and Synonym Get There First Game – The player who is it says a word. Players get to take a step toward “It” when giving a correct synonym/antonym.

Antonym Go Fish

A Sticky Situation – The player who is it is in the center with a sticky note on their back with a vocabulary word on it. Students turn around in the circle so players can see and give clues to the word. The player that gives the winning clue is then it.

Beach Ball Vocabulary – Write words in marker on a beach ball. Players gently throw the ball. Whichever word a player’s thumb (right or left) is touching must be defined and used in a sentence.

Chat About It – Partners compare the number of words correctly defined/used in a sentence on a list.

Choose the Better Definition – Can help students differentiate shades of meaning.

Circle Rotation – Players form inner and outer circles. The outer circle player asks the facing inner circle player a question about a word and signs her sheet if she is correct. The player with the most signatures wins.

Definitely…Not…Kind Of – Students try to get their teammates to guess their vocabulary word by putting their descriptor words into definitely, not, and kind-of categories.

Dictionary Roll a Word – Encourages students to check the dictionary for the part of speech of a word, pronunciation and more using a die.

Don’t Break the Ice – Students hammer out the ice piece that corresponds to the definition read.

Don’t Say It – This is like Taboo for vocabulary words with a list of words that cannot be given as clues for guessing the word.

Erase a Word – Team members get to erase a correctly identified vocabulary word and win when all their words are erased.

Fake Texts – Text your students using a new vocabulary word and challenge them to use the context to determine meaning.

Fish Race – Teams or players move their fish one wave for correctly identifying vocabulary words (used for Spanish vocab, but appropriate for English as well).

Game Show – Students write their own vocabulary questions and answers on cards that are then used in a game show format.


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Heads Down, Vocab Up – Played like Heads Up 7-UP only with vocabulary cards.

Homonym Bean Bag Toss – Players throw bean bags onto squares drawn with sidewalk chalk.

I Have, Who Has? – Could use these cards for synonyms.

Match-up – Using paper plates or index cards to match vocabulary words and definitions.

Memory – With vocabulary words and definitions.

Password of the Day – Students have to use the new vocabulary word to do things in the classroom.

Picture It! – Pictionary for vocabulary words.

Rate Your Happiness – Have students rate their happiness on a 1-5 scale if they experienced a situation using a vocabulary word.

Relay Runners – Teams compete to find the just-defined word in a stack of index cards at the finish line and return to their team the fastest.

Roll the Die – Depending on the roll of the die, students will define, give a synonym or antonym, use a word in a sentence, draw a word, or act it out. Do the same with a spinner or with notecards.

Slap! – Call out a vocabulary word and the first student to slap it, adds it to his/her pile.

Stack the Words – Students who correctly define or use a vocabulary word written on a cup can keep it and use the cup to build a tower. Highest tower wins. Also with prefixes.

Sticky Note Match – Students write vocab words on sticky notes, outline them on the board and write the definition in the square. Their partner has to match them.

Synonym Blocks Matching Game

That’s Nonsense! – Print out sentences that include nonsense words and have players match vocabulary words to the correct sentences. Can do this with teams and by timing.

Toss and Answer – Students throw a ball or small object into a muffin tin that has a word in each compartment. Students could define the word or have to use it in a sentence.

True or Untrue – Kids can give the correct definition or try to fool players with a fake one.

Vocab-Categories – like Scattegories

Vocab Twister – Tape words to the colored circles of a Twister game and have students define or use words they have to touch.

Vocabulary Basket Toss – Correctly identified words earn one point or two if the crumpled up paper with the word lands in the trash basket.

Vocabulary Bingo

Vocabulary Cubes – Partners roll two dice to determine which vocabulary word to communicate and how to communicate it.

Vocabulary Dominoes

Vocabulary Kaboom – Words are drawn on sticks and must be used correctly. If a player draws a kaboom stick, all the sticks must be returned to the cup.

Vocabulary Oops! – Players get to keep vocabulary cards they correctly identify until they draw an Oops! card

Vocabulary Social – Students wear vocab words in lanyards and introduce themselves as their word.

Vocabulary Spelling Game – Students use letter tiles to spell out words based on the definition.

Vocabulary Swat – Teams use a flyswatter to swat the correct word on the board after hearing the definition read. You can also write words on bug cards.

Vocabulary Word Snowball Fight – Vocab words and definitions are written on separate pieces of paper that are crumpled up and thrown. Students pick up a word and have to find the student who has their definition. You could compete for time.

What’s My Word? – Students wear vocabulary words as headbands and have sheets with questions about their words to ask their fellow students to determine their word. You can also have students tape words to their foreheads.

Word Trains Vocabulary – Students have to identify word roots when given a prefix and suffix.

Wordo – Played like Tac-Tic-Toe with vocabulary words.

Word Shark – PowerPoint game played like Boggle.

Word Sneak – Pairs attempt to sneak vocabulary words into conversation.

Word Speed – Write as many words as they can think of in a time limit, getting points for correct words.

Word Up Baseball – The teacher is the pitcher who throws the “ball” to the student batter. The batter must throw the ball to the correct player / word in the outfield.


Free Online Vocabulary Games

Free Online Vocabulary Games

Analogy Game

Clueless Crossword

Crossword Puzzle

Games to Teach Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words

Great Day Games


High School Games

Learning Games for Kids Vocabulary Games

Merriam-Webster Vocabulary Games

Play Kids Games Vocabulary Games

PBSKids Vocabulary Games


Sheppard Software Games

Sports Vocabulary Games

The Problem Site Games

Turtle Diary




Vocabulary Quiz


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6 Great Outdoor Activities for Spring

6 Great Outdoor Activities for Spring

6 Great Outdoor Homeschool Activities

I’m so excited about the beautiful weather we are having lately. I want to get outside and do fun educational things with the kids. Here are 6 great outdoor activities for you to consider.

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#1 Tennis

I’ve written about what a great family activity this is, but I wanted to mention it again. Go to your local park’s or schools’ courts and have fun. Pick up racquets at a garage sale or buy used from a local club. We have also gotten private lessons for our family outdoors at a very reasonable cost. You can count it as P.E. hours!

4 Square

#2 Four Square

After tennis, this is my favorite outdoor game to play with the kids. Here are the official rules. We use sidewalk chalk on our driveway. Once again, P.E. hours. 🙂


#3 Hiking

We love to hike any time it isn’t really cold. Spring is a perfect time to hike before it gets really hot. Fortunately, there are a number of great hiking trails near where we live. It’s great exercise and so inspiring to be in God’s creation. You can study wildlife and plants on the way and count it science. Even better, do some drawings of what you find and count it as art, too.


#4 Gardening

Anyone who knows me well knows that I don’t garden. But I want my kids to have the experience of planting and caring for plants with the hope they will inherit their dad’s green thumb. This is a great time to teach the kids about plants and yes, counting it as science.


#5 Birding

I took an ornithology class in college because I absolutely love birds. We enjoy watching the birds at our feeder all year, but we have an opportunity to see more species when we venture out. One thing I learned is that cemeteries are excellent places to look for birds. Bring your bird book or app. Look at old headstones or the grave sites of famous people in your area and you’ll get history time in, too.


#6 Reading

Whether you are reading to your children or everyone is reading independently, spring is a great time to take the books outside. Scholastic shares this list of read alouds for spring that would make good options. You can count this as language arts or any subject that you’re reading about.

There are more outdoor activities than I can list, so I want to direct you to the Homeschool Days Hop.

What’s your favorite outdoor homeschool activity?

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Easy Ways to Make Math Fun

Easy Ways to Make Math Fun

Math hasn’t been much of a hassle in my house, probably because we keep it fun.

We’ve done timed speed tests using Learn Math Fast, played great board games like Sum Swamp, and use Life of Fred which adds humor.

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Here are some more games to make math fun, including board games, printable games, and DIY games.

Multiplication Practice Paperfolding by Kids Activities Blog – By simply folding some paper into cootie catchers, you can actually create an informative math game for students focusing on anything from addition to fractions.

Math Wall Stickers (Reusable!) – Play with math on the walls! This set of reuseable wall decals are a great way to turn math into an interactive experience. Play Simon Says with math on the wall! “Simon says show one half.” Love it!!

3D Lego Multiplication Graph via Frugal Fun for Boys – We love Lego, but did you know because of their shape they are great tools for multiplication? This graph will help kids visualize multiplication in three dimensions.



Numbers & Counting Quiet Cubes Game – This game designed for ages 4-7 uses dice rolls to help teach ABCs, counting and basic addition. The best part is the foam dice are designed to be super duper quiet for a truly peaceful learning experience!

Math Explosion Volcano Game – With this fascinating game, players are able to customize math facts with a math fact creator so that players of all ages can play for many years to come. Be the first player to explode the volcano by getting your math facts correct!

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Connect Four Bingo GameEveryone loves Bingo, and when you can take a game that’s already fun and turn it into something educational everyone wins. Children will be paying close attention so they can be the first to exclaim BINGO!

Aliens on Vacation multiplication game by Deceptively Educational – This printable board game requires a little setup, but it provides children with a chance to put their math skills to the test to get their alien home from vacation.

Factors and Multiples Games – Play Monster Mash! A game that helps students understand greatest common factors and lowest common multiples.

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Crazy Daisy Multiplication via Deceptively Educational- Looking for something a little more cute? The Crazy Daisy Multiplication printable math game will help kids visualize solutions as they color in a crazy daisy.

Whack It! Place Value Math GameIt’s no secret that kids love any game where they can get a little bit physical and give things a good whack, so why not teach math at the same time? This game helps with place values, but can be adjusted for other lessons.


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The Ultimate List of Valentine’s Games for Kids

The Ultimate List of Valentine’s Games for Kids

My kids’ and my favorite memories of Valentine’s Day are the games we’ve played. Whether you play any of these 90+ games with your family, co-op, church, or in a classroom, you’ll be blessed. Be sure to pin this post and check out the other amazing Valentine’s posts in this Homeschool Days Blog Hop at the bottom of the page.

The Ultimate List of Valentine's Games for Kids

Back to Back Challenge – Kids sit back-to-back with a partner and arms interlocked and try to be the first pair to stand up.

Be Mine, Valentine Dice Game – Uses candy and instructions for rolls

Breathless – A relay where teammates pass tissue hearts to one another using the suction of a straw

Candy Ball – Candies are wrapped up in a large ball made of Saran Wrap. Players can unroll to get the candy until the next player rolls doubles in dice.

Conversation Heart Bingo

Conversation Hearts Memory Game – free printable

Cupid’s Arrow – Teams compete to see how many q-tips they can blow into a heart-shaped bowl with a straw.

Cupid’s Tree Scavenger Hunt

Don’t Break My Heart – The child who is it is out of the room when the heart is chosen that has a candy marker that they cannot eat. Played like Don’t Eat Pete.

Don’t Break My Heart! – Kids have to pass a tissue paper heart around to their team members using clothes pins without tearing it.

Fill My Heart With Love – Counting printable game for toddlers using a dice and heart markers.

Find Your Heart Mate – Kids find the person who has either the answer or the math problem that matches them (written on half a heart).

Healthy Heart Exercise Game – Has to do the type and number of exercise rolled before the next child goes.

Heart Attack – A number line addition game

Heart Balloon Stomp – Players have a balloon tied around their ankle and tries to stomp the others’ while keeping theirs intact.

Heart Dominoes – printable

Heart Lava – Team members race across the room by moving around on two large paper hearts.

Heart Toss Game – Throw paper balls through a suspended open heart. Or throw heart-shaped balls into heart-shaped bowls.

Heart Relay – Relay race using conversation hearts, spoons, and cups.

Heart Walk – Played like a cake walk with music and Valentine’s candy.

Hearts and Arrows – Arrows are aimed into a box with a heart-shaped opening

Hearts to Hearts – Played like Apples to Apples, printable game

Hug, Hug, Kiss – Played like duck-duck-goose

Hugs and Kisses – Valentine’s version of Simon Says.

I Heart Counting – Preschoolers look for hidden, numbered felt hearts and match them to the corresponding heart on a board. Also with Hershey’s kisses.

Kissing Booth – Guess how many Hershey’s kisses are in a jar.

Discover the Verse – One word of a verse having to do with love is put on a construction paper heart. Kids work together to put the verse in order.

I’ll Tumble for You – Valentine’s version of Jenga with love-related questions

Licorice Race – First person to eat the whole piece of licorice without using their hands wins.

Marshmallow Ball – Get as many marshmallows into your partner’s mouth as possible.

Match the Candy Heart to the Verse – Kids read a Scripture and decide which “candy” heart matches it.

Matchmaker – Teams are awarded points for saying the correct member of a pair like Romeo and Juliet.

Mitten Race – Wearing adult ski gloves, kids unwrap a piece of candy, put it in their mouths, and pass the gloves to their teammate.

Musical Love Chairs – Decorate chairs with hearts and use love-themed music

My Heart is Bursting – Kids break through tissue-covered cups to retrieve prizes.

Preschool Valentine’s Math – Kids use tweezers/chopsticks to remove conversation hearts from colored rice to match the number rolled on a die.

Pin the Lips on Mrs. Valentine – Also Plant a Kiss on the Frog game

Stealing Kisses – The child who is it doesn’t know who has taken the chocolate kiss from the middle of the circle and asks, “Did you steal my kiss?’ until discovering the culprit.

Spot the Hearts – Put hearts around the room and see if kids can find them all

The M & M Hunt Game – Teams receive clues as to the location of baggies containing M & Ms. They take three from each location and don’t know the point values of various colors until the end.

Valentine’s Dictionary – Valentine-themed Pictionary

Valentine’s HeadBandz – Kids have to guess what Valentine symbol they are wearing in their headband.

Valentine’s I Spy

Valentine’s Bean Bag Toss – Using a heart-shaped scoreboard, kids throw bean bags to earn points.

Valentine’s Hopscotch – Print out pages to be used on the floor with tape. A child throws a marker, skipping the page it lands on.

Valentine’s Bean Bag Toss – a DIY painted board with holes worth various points

Valentine’s Balloon Games

Valentine’s File Folder Games – educational games for young learners

Valentine’s Roll and Cover Dice Game – free printable for preschoolers

Valentine Hearts Spelling Game – using letter tiles

Valentine’s Matching Game – Using Hershey’s kisses

Valentine Math Game – Roll a die and cover that many holes in the heart. Be the first to cover all the holes.

Valentine Present Pass – Every time the word pink is read in a poem, the present is passed to the next person. Another version.

Valentine’s Scattergories

Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt – Another version.

Valentine Scrabble – Using Scrabble Cheez-Its

Valentine’s Maze – Printable. Who can finish first?

Valentine’s Sudoku Puzzle – Who can finish first?

Valentine’s Tic Tac Toe

Valentine’s Word Scramble There are more here

Valentine Yahtzee

Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve – The person who is it tries to guess who has a heart on his sleeve since the other kids’ hands are hidden behind them.

What Kind of Candy Am I? – See which team gets the most answers correct on this printable questionnaire.

Minute to Win It Valentine’s Games

Minute-to-Win-It games are so much fun. You can create your own list of games to be completed individually or in teams in one minute. A few of these links include  score card printables.

A Bit Dicey – Using a tongue depressor in the mouth, see how many dice can be stacked on it in one minute.

Apple Stack – Stack as many apples as you can in one minute.

Bottle Drop – See how many conversation hearts you can drop into a bottle in one minute (distance makes it harder).

Candy Corn Stick Up – Whoever has the most candy corn (Valentine’s colored) standing up at one minute wins a point for their team.

Candy Pick Up – Using chopsticks to move various Valentine’s candy from one plate to another, the child who moves the most wins a point for their team.

Chop Stick Dig – Kids fill up their cups with as much candy as they can using chop sticks to pull it out of a bowl of popcorn. They have one minute before turning the chopsticks over to the next person on their team.

Conversation Heart Scoop Race – Hearts are scooped one at a time with a spoon.

Cookie Face – Try to move a cookie from your forehead to your mouth in one minute without using your hands.

Cut Out Hearts – How many construction paper hearts can you cut out in a minute?

Decorate Cookies – How many heart-shaped cookies can you decorate in a minute?

Defying Gravity – Kids try to keep two balloons off the floor for one minute.

Elephant – Kids wear a pair of tights on their head with a baseball in one leg and attempt to use it to knock down 12 water bottles in a minute.

Heart Stack – Whoever can stack large conversation hearts higher at the end of one minutes wins a point for their team.

Hershey Kiss Relay – How many times can teams go back and forth with a kiss on a spoon in a minute?

Hershey Kiss Unwrapping – How many kisses can you unwrap in a minute

Junk in the Trunk – Kids have one minute to try to shake all the ping pong balls out of an empty kleenex box tied to them.

M & M Race – Kids use straw suction to pick up M & Ms from one plate and move them to another. You can also do this with Valentine’s marshmallows.


Marshmallow Race – Blow as many marshmallows across the table using a straw as you can in one minute.

Marshmallow Toss – Throw as many marshmallows into an empty bowl to win a point for their team.

Minute to Win It Printable – Uses candy to create a template in a minute

One-Handed Bracelets – Thread as many Fruit Loops onto a pipe cleaner with one hand in a minute as you can.

Puzzle Race – Put as many Valentine’s themed puzzles together in a minute as possible.

Tweeze Me – Using a pair of tweezers in one hand, move as many conversation hearts from one plate to another in one minute as you can.

Valentine Word Search – Find as many words as you can in one minute.

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The Ultimate List of Free Grammar Games

The Ultimate List of Free Grammar Games

The Ultimate List of FREE Grammar Games -- a huge list of games to teach parts of speech, punctuation, sentence types, and writing. Grammar doesn't have to be boring!Grammar and writing can be a tedious subject to teach. Fortunately, there are so many amazing free games available to make teaching them fun. Until now, you had to Google your heart out to find them. No more! Below is an organized list of FREE grammar games for teaching parts of speech, punctuation, sentences and writing. I’ve described each game so you can decide if it’s for you. Following each section is a Pinterest board including those games. Follow them and be sure to pin this post so you can reference it later.

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None of these games are online games. For a great list of online games, instruction, and quizzes for grammar, see The Best Free Grammar Websites. Many of the following games are appropriate for both classroom and homeschool use. I love to use games that require multiple players in our family co-op.

To make prepping many of these games even easier, pick up an Amazon laminator and pouches.

Free Parts of Speech Games

Adverb & Adjectives Game – Players must correctly identify adverbs and adjectives and use them in sentences to keep cards.

Go Fishing for Grammar – Play Go Fish with parts of speech cards.

Grammargories – Students compete to write words for parts of speech the fastest.

Jenga Review – Students have to answer a corresponding grammar question before placing it on top of the tower.

Play the Bag Game – students win a point for each part of speech (drawn from a paper bag) used correctly in a sentence.

Grammar Hopscotch – Students have to think of an appropriate word for the part of speech when they stop to pick up their marker.

Hot Potato Grammar – a cross between the Hot Potato game and musical chairs to identify parts of speech.

M & M Challenge Code – A chart for M & M colors and parts of speech that could be used for games of your choice.

Noun and Verb Charades

Parts of Speech Bingo

Parts of Speech Tic-Tac-Toe

Penguin Parts of Speech Game – Students move around the game board after identifying the part of speech in the sentence.

Race Around the Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectives Game – players must move to a word on the game board that fits the part of speech drawn.

Roll, Say, Play Adjective or Adverb Game – Students roll a die and write a word using dry erase marker in the correct column. Winners have the most cards correct.

Solve It! Parts of Speech Game – this game treats parts of speech like a mystery to be solved.

Spaced Out Adjectives and Adverbs Game – two teams divide into aliens and spaceman. Drawn cards must be identified as adjectives or adverbs. Words modified must be identified as well. Players who draw a planet card lose all their cards.

Students as Props – Three students have either noun, verb, or adjective taped to their foreheads. Other students tape appropriate words to each student.

Word Dominoes – Cards with words and parts of speech on them are played like dominoes.

Word-Eating Whale Game – an empty milk jug is transformed into a whale and is used to eat caps that have verbs on them (and not nouns) in the tub.


Basketball Pronoun Game – basketball-themed board game teaching he and she pronouns to young or special needs learners.

Make it Plural! – Students have to give the plural form of nouns in this board game.

Post It Note Noun Hunt – Players find Post It Note nouns and sort them into person, place, and thing categories.

I Have…Who Has? Plural Nouns Game – This game is played like Go Fish.

Irregular Plurals Card Game – This game is played like Go Fish. Students ask if the other players have the singular or plural form of the noun to make a match.

Grammar Game for Plurals and Possessive Nouns – Students compete with different colored markers on a dry erase board to write the most plurals and possessives in categories.

Pick a Dot Pronouns – Students remove a dot to reveal a pronoun that they must then use in a sentence.

Plural Nouns Four Corners Game

Possessive Nouns Game – Uses illustrated cards.

Possessive Nouns Sorting Game – Students can time their sort to make it a game.

Pronoun Slap Down – identify and collect types of pronouns.

Pronoun Word Detective – Includes a matching a board game to teach pronoun identification.

Proper Noun Sit Down, Stand Up – Power Point slides of common or proper nouns are used to have students sit down for common nouns and stand up for proper.

Proper Noun Tic-Tac-Toe – Players must write a proper noun for the listed common noun as their X or O.

Pumpkin Common or Proper Noun Scavenger Hunt – players look for pumpkins hidden with common or proper nouns on them and record which they are when they find them.

Shining Plurals – Players must identify the plural form and can then keep the card. If they draw a string of lights, they have to return their cards to the pile.

What Gets a Capital Letter? – Students use this board game to determine which words should be capitalized and why.


Gator Grammar – Players must identify the past, present, or future tense verb to finish the sentence. Drawing a gator results in loss of cards.

Grammar Sandwiches – Can be played as a matching or Go Fish game for irregular verbs.

Phineas and Verb – Students have to use the correct verb tense in this card game based on the Disney show.

The Verb Game – Students compete to write as many unique verbs that can be associated with a place as possible.

Slap It! Irregular Past Tense Verb Game – Students compete to be the fastest to slap the past tense form of the verb and win the cards underneath.

Verb Balloon Pop – Students pop balloons that contain paper slips with verbs that must be taped onto the correct tense. This could be a race or just for fun.

Verb Race – Students have to write the correct past tense form on dry erase boards to advance on the game board.

Verb Relay Race – Each leg of the relay uses a different action verb.

Verb Freeze – Students act out verbs like charades.

Verb Vine – Players must make the changes to the verb directed by the game board.


Adjective File Folder Game – Students use picture adjectives to prompt them to give thorough descriptions.

Adjective Game Time Filler – Players answer questions about themselves. They sit down if the adjective doesn’t apply, leaving one winner.

Adjective Mystery Bags – Students use adjectives to describe objects in mystery bags.

Alphabetical Adjectives Connect the Dots – You could have students race to complete their pictures by connecting the adjectives in alphabetical order.

Apples to Apples Adjectives – Players draw picture cards and try to submit the best to match the adjective card drawn.

Monster Adjectives – Monster picture adjectives board game.

Roll the Dice Adjectives – Students have to use 10 vivid adjectives to describe the noun picture they roll.


Adverbial Action – Students play charades with adverbs

Adverb Jeopardy – Played like Jeopardy with students identifying the adverb in the sentence.

Adverbs of Time Snakes and Ladders – A Chutes-and-Ladders type board game for adverbs.

Adverb Sort – Players time themselves as they sort adverbs by the questions they answer.

How Often Adverb Game – Board game in which players must answer personal questions using adverbs of time and frequency.

In the Manner of the Adverb – One player leaves the room. The remaining players draw an adverb and act it out when the missing player returns. The returned player must guess the adverb.

Miming Adverb Game – The student draws a verb and adverb card and acts them out. The remaining players must guess both words and use them in a sentence to describe the student’s action.

Walk the Walk Charades – Another adverb charades game


Back to School Prepositions Bingo – using pictures of school-related objects

Bug Prepositions – bug themed cards can be used for Go Fish or Lotto.

Cowboy and Cowgirl Preposition Game – cute board game using a cowboy and cowgirl moving around based on preposition cards.

Games for Teaching Prepositional Phrases in Middle School – Games include Knock Once, Sentence Wars, Weave a Tale, Bad Day Charades, Prepositional Phrase Jeopardy, Drama Time and Sing It.

Motor Skills Preposition Game – a game that lets young children work the wiggles out while teaching prepositions.

Preposition Bingo

Prepositions Board Game – game requires players to use the correct preposition in a sentence. Great for ESL students.

Where is the Bunny File Folder Preschool Preposition Game – players choose the sentence that describes the pictures of the bunny’s location.
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Free Punctuation Games

Comma Relay – A comma is exchanged between runners who must correctly punctuate a sentence for their leg. Contraction Bingo – this two-player Bingo game teaches contractions. Contraction Concentration – Students match contractions in sentences to the words that form them. Dinosaur Bones Punctuation Game – Players move to the space on the board with punctuation that matches their sentence card. Green Eggs and Ham Punctuation Game – Seuss-themed board game. Players must choose the ending punctuation of sentences on cards. Minion Contractions Game – Players help each minion find the two words that make up his contraction. Missing Punctuation Game – Cards contain sentences mission punctuation. Players locate the punctuation marks on the game board. Name That Punctuation Mark – Students are given clues to use to identify the punctuation mark. Punctuation Car File Folder Game – Young students match the punctuation marks to sentences. Punctuation Mark Tic-Tac-Toe Punctuation Present – This game is played a lot like Bingo. Punctuation Red Light, Green Light – Students play Red Light, Green Light and must follow commands associated with punctuation marks. Types of Sentence Baseball Game – Players catch a crumpled up sentence and determine what punctuation mark it needs. Quotation Mark Showdown – Teams compete to correctly identify and punctuate quotes. Follow Dr. Melanie Wilson @psychowith6’s board Punctuation Games on Pinterest.

Free Sentence & Writing Games

The Better Editor Game -- a free game for teaching self-editing!

The Better Editor Game – a game I created to teach students to self-edit (and gives parents a way to edit their students’ work too!)

Citation Hunt – Students have to find quotes in a book to support assertions about the book the teacher has made to earn points and beat the teacher.

Consequences – A group writing game with funny consequences.

I Have…Who Has? Subject / Predicate Game – This game is played like Go Fish.

Four Corners Sentence Type Game – Students go to one of four corners corresponding to a sentence type. They sit down if the sentence read matches their type.

Four Kinds of Sentences Game – Identify what kind of sentence is on the card and advance on the game board.

Interactive Games for Sentence Fragments – Includes Words on Strips of Paper (students try to find someone with an independent clause to go with their dependent clause); Pairs Game (students work in pairs to transform sentence fragments into the best or most humorous sentences); and Song Game (teams compete in determining whether song titles are fragments or sentences).

Frog Punctuation Capitalization Activities – Students look for frog-themed sentences around the room, add a capital letter, punctuation, and put them in order.

Guess What Writing Game – Have a student write to describe an object and another player has to guess what it is.

Law & Order Sentence Structure Review Game – Students compete in this game that reviews sentence types and common sentence errors.

Main Idea and Details Game – Teams race to identify the main idea of a group of sentences.

Matching Topic Sentence to Paragraph – Students try to find the other player who has the topic sentence to their paragraph.

Musical Papers – Students edit their peers’ papers until the music stops and then they move to the next paper.

Paragraph Mix Up – Cut up a paragraph into sentences and mix them up. Have students race to put them in correct order.

Poof! Sentence Types – Players draw a strip and identify if it’s a sentence or fragment. If correct, they keep the strip. If they draw Poof!, they lose their strips.

Random Words Poem – See which student can include the most dictionary words in a poem that still makes sense.

Snowy Sentences – Features snowman-themed word cards that have to be put in order to form sentences. Could be done as a race.

Tabloids – Students creative a factual news story and a tabloid-type story. Other players guess which is which.

Telephone Oracle – A group writing game with writers answering questions and then attempting to guess the question that goes with the answer.

The Sentence Game – A great family game. Players fold paper over and add sentences or illustrations with funny results.

Type of Sentence Game – Players try to guess whether a declarative sentence is true, answer interrogatives, perform commands, and reply to exclamations.

What Kind of Sentence is It Scoot Game – Students move around the room determining which type of sentence each is.
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