This simple game is great for developing language, learning to take turns and follow basic rules. It’s a great one to play in the car or the waiting room at the doctors as no props are necessary. It’s also a good meal-time game to encourage children to sit at the table and join in with a group.
Guess Who? Game
You can play with just two players, or as many as you like. One person thinks of someone and all the others have to guess who they are by asking questions. You can adapt the game to suit the ages of the children:
For 3 and 4 year olds: I give clues and they have to guess who I am. So perhaps I say: I have blond hair. I am good at making cakes. I am married to Granddad – It’s Grandma! They will love it if you pick them or their best friend.
For 5 to 6 year olds: Let the children try to be the quiz master, thinking of someone in the family, a friend or maybe a character from a story book. Try the game both ways: with you asking questions for them to answer (‘Does this person live in our house?’ ), and also see if they can give clues. Giving clues is harder but great for them to plan their sequence and consider how someone else might think.
For 7 year olds plus: As children become more aware of the wider world you could pick a famous person or someone from history to use.
Have a go and notice how much language you’re using as you play!