I suggest these language arts games for boys because young boys tend to have a higher energy level and like to spend less time sitting and working at something. The games are engaging, hands on, sensory, and shhhhh, don’t tell them, but they are educational too. So, in case you would like to increase your son’s language arts skills, but have a hesitant learner, try one of these language arts games for boys that I gathered from Educational Insights, Inc.
Language Skills: Scrambled Sentences
Have the child cut out four circles that you have drawn, approximately four inches in diameter. Then write four, three to four word sentences on them with the first two words on the top and the second two on the bottom part of the circle. Draw a zigzag line across the middle and have your boy cut along the line. Last mix them up and have him put the short sentences back together by connecting your puzzle-like pieces.
Ask your son to compare ways in which different people act in a similar situation. You set the scene and then the boy that is playing the language arts game can act and talk it out. Ex:
How would these people talk, walk, act, and show different emotions?
A boy on his way to school,
An old man walking down the street,
A teenager walking down the street,
A toddler on the sidewalk,
A girl tripping over a crack in the sidewalk,
A boy on his way home from school.
Choose a short but exciting story. Read it to your young boy and stop before the climax. Have him write his own ending which can be read aloud to the family later or just to you.
Collect a variety of objects such as: ball, book, pen, marble, block, box, bag, spoon, fork, and brush. Blindfold your language arts learning boy and hand him the objects one at a time. If he cannot identify the object, then he can pass, but if he can then you cover the item, have him remove the blindfold, draw a picture of the object, and write out the word. If you would like to incorporate points, he could get one for the picture and two for the correct spelling.
While these language arts games are designed for a young boy, girls would also enjoy them. If you are running a classroom for young children the language arts games can also be played with teams. Either way the point of the specific games here for you is to get your young boy, or girl engaged in learning, making language arts hands on, kinesthetic, and fun!
Educational Insights, Inc. The Language Arts Box: 150 Games, Activities, Manipulatives Designed to Make Learning (and Teaching) Fun. Carson, California. 1974.