Learning about language doesn't have to be boring. Playing games with homophones is a fun way to strengthen your child's vocabulary skills.
Homophones are pairs or groups of words that sound alike but have different meanings, for example: heir/air and nose/knows. Homophones may be spelled differently or alike, so the words fast (quick) and fast (abstain from eating) are also homophones.Materials
- Pencil and paper
- Ask your child to tell you any homophones he can think of. Ask him to tell you their meanings, too. He might, for example, say, "A board is a piece of wood, and bored is how you feel when there's nothing to do." If two or more children are playing, have them write down their homophones on paper.
- Make up riddles that have homophones as answers, such as Q: What do you call a teddy with no clothes? A: A bare bear.
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