Thursday, September 17, 2015

Challenge your kids to expand their vocabulary and improve their spelling with this fall themed literacy game. It was inspired by Scarecrow theme for our collaborative project Teach Second Grade.
Make a Scarecrow: Vocabulary, Spelling, and Drawing Game
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Setting Up Scarecrow Game

Scarecrow-Printable-Image
I loved playing this game when I was a child – picking up a long word and then competing with a friend or a parent to see who can think of more words that can be made out of the letters of this word. I thought that for our scarecrow game we could add a bit of fun by drawing one part of a scarecrow each time we came up with a new word. I prepared this simple “make a scarecrow” printable for us to use in a game, but our printer broke down, and we just used blank sheet of paper and letters from our Bananagrams game.

Playing a Scarecrow Game

Scarecrow-Game
Smarty really enjoyed playing this game. It tickled her competitive bone, and she wanted to draw a very detailed scarecrow. Normally, this game is played with each player writing their own list in private and then comparing the lists, but we chose to play it by taking turns with the objective to find the word that was not used before. eventually, we tied with 19 words each, 38 words total. I noticed that Smarty was a lot more fluid with this game than when we tried it in the first grade. These kind of games can be great boredom busters while waiting in the restaurants as well, and I think we will be playing it more often now.

Your Turn

Make a Scarecrow: Vocabulary, Spelling, and Drawing Game

Do you play these kind of games with your kids? So far I was able to at least tie, but I expect Smarty will be beating me soon!

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3 comments:

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

We haven't done a game like this for a long time. Thanks for the reminder!

Ticia said...

I remember having a love hate relationship with that game because I'm not very good at word games so I was never particularly good at it.

But like Maryanne said, thanks for the reminder of this game.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Yep, that's one I need to put back into our fall rotation!