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A game of opposites


A game of opposites

What to do with this activity?

Every day your child will be learning new words and widening their vocabulary. 

Play a game of opposites with them and they will learn more words while enjoying the game.

One person says a word, and the other calls out a word with the opposite meaning. For instance, player one says "hot", so player two says "cold". Or player two might think of different words that also mean cold, like "freezing" or "chilly". Not every word has an opposite of course, so stick to words that do. 

Click on the PDF at the top right of this page for ideas of opposites.

  • Why am I doing this?

    Children improve their language by hearing how words are used in everyday life. Chatting to your child helps build their communication skills. Getting your child to tell you stories or explain things, helps them to put ideas in the right order. This is an important skill for listening and speaking.

  • How can I do more?

    When you’re out and about with your child ask them to recall little things that happened on previous trips. For example, “Do you remember what we saw here yesterday?” This helps your child to recall, listen, speak and to become more aware of their surroundings – good skills for listening and speaking.

    But remember, to listen well, first let your child finish what they are saying. Avoid too many questions that might interrupt their train of thought. Try not to think about what you want to say next. Concentrate on what your child is saying. Check with them that you understood, for example, “So what you are saying is…”

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