We play a lot of word games with the Bibliophile, on paper or (more often) verbally - while we eat, drive around, sit in waiting rooms, etc. Some of his favorites over time have been 20 questions, I-spy, naming things that begin with a certain letter of the alphabet, or rhyming, for instance. (I think he probably also learned his phonic sounds through quizzing like this, and morse code with Daddy). This week, I asked if he wanted to try "word associations." I didn't explain that he should name an opposite or an associated word. I just said, "if I say X, then what do you think of?" I was curious to peek into the mind of a near-3 year old. Here are some of his answers, that I can remember.
(The first word is the word I asked about, and the second is his answer).
car - vroom
sky - helicopter
up - airplane
fun - in hot hot sun (not sure where that came from!)
dog - cat
game - Acquire
daddy - mommy
black - white
shirt - mommy
books - zebras (a recent library topic)
love - all you need is love (one of the goal cards in Fluxx)
dice - monopoly
tree - leaves
feet - stand
He really enjoys it, and his answers sometimes impress me and often amuse me.
Now I'm wondering if he'd be able to play something like this Password game. I might try a homemade version and see how it goes over before I buy it.
Comment! Do you play any sort of games with word associations? What other word games do your kids enjoy?
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