Happy International Literacy Day! Today is a great reminder to encourage your child’s love of reading and writing in your daily lives. Held annually on September 8, International Literacy Day brings together global leaders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates and reflect on the world’s remaining literacy challenges.
One fun way to celebrate International Literacy Day and spark your child’s passion for reading and writing is through brain-boosting language and word games that help improve vocabulary and communication skills. Here are three creativity-boosting word games from the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s online activities library, Creativity Catapult.
Kids generate sentences as quickly as possible in reaction to random streams of alphabet letters called word ticklers. This supremely silly game helps children practice flexible thinking skills and evoke creativity by suspending the rules of normality.
In this group game, children select seven random word cards and then must turn those seven words into a skit through pantomime. Children have five minutes to plan and practice a skit, and two minutes to perform. This game pushes kids to be spontaneous and creative on the spot.
Kids can flex their writing skills and imagination in this caption writing game. Using three illustrations, kids are challenged to write as many silly descriptions for the cartoon as possible.
More Activities for Kids
Visit CreativityCatapult.org, the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s online collection of free activities that promote creativity development in children ages 2 to 14. The free resource features 80 activities that can be filtered by age, topic, number of participants, level of difficulty, duration of time, and skill.