Summer Holiday Activities

Summer Holiday Activities


Here are a selection of games that focus on verbal skills:

How many?

  • How many animals can you name that hatch from eggs as babies?
  • How many animals can you name that have patterns on their bodies?
  • How many animals can you name that eat leaves?
  • How many insects can you name that have six legs?
  • How many vehicles can you name with four wheels?
  • How many things can you name that are cone shaped

I’m thinking of

A simplified version of 20 questions, and somewhat easier than I Spy when on the move in the car. Start this game with a single object in mind and the phrase, “I am thinking of something ….,” and then name a feature or attribute of the object or thing. So it might begin, “I am thinking of something that is blue.” The other players are welcome to make a guess or ask for another clue and then go back and forth between clues and guesses until they work out the correct answer.

I Went to Market:

The aim of this game is to remember as many of the items in the shopping basket as possible. The first player begins by saying, “I went to market and bought a ___,” adding an item they would buy. For example, “I went to market and bought a bag of potatoes.” The next player in line continues with, “I went to market and bought (insert the name of the first player’s item) and a ___ (adding a new item purchased).” For example, “I went to market and bought a bag of potatoes and an apple”

Odd One Out:

Begin by naming three items – two that are connected in some way and one that is not (you can make this as easy or as hard as you wish, depending upon the age and interests of your children) and ask your children to choose the odd one out. For example with “train, bus, hair” it is easy to identify the odd one out. “tortoise, cobra, horse” is more challenging. “Chop, chicken, ship” focuses the game on identifying different sounds. “21, 63, 78” turns it into a math challenge





What’s better:

This fast paced game simply asks about preferences between two things –

“What’s better – banana or apple?” “Banana” “What’s better – banana or cheese?” “Cheese” “What’s better – cheese or chocolate?”