Remember how kids played I Spy before the days of Walter Wick?
Usually played on long highway rides during summer vacation, in those days it was you, a few siblings, and a sharp pair of eyes. The object of the game was to find a particular object – a license plate with a particular number, a certain car model, or a landmark.
This listening game is like I Spy with a twist: instead of looking for a noun (car, doll, book) your child will look for an object that fits the description you give.
Let’s say, for example, that you choose the word “thin.” Your child’s job will be to find an object that fits that description. In doing so she not only learns new vocabulary words, but she learns to listen carefully and discriminate between the word thin and other words that are similar, such as “small” or “narrow.”
-index cards with descriptive words written on them
List A List B List C
big hot broad heavy bitter fragrant
small cold narrow light sweet odorless
rough short thick soft sour flat
smooth tall thin hard salty curved
How to Play:
1. Place the cards face down on a flat surface. If your child is familiar with I Spy, explain that this game is similar to I Spy.
2. Ask your child to pull one card, and read it aloud for them.
3. Tell them to look around the room (or several rooms), and to try and find something that’s like the word on the card.
4. If your child is unfamiliar with a word or has difficulty, simply find an item in the house and show them how the word they drew fits.