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One minute of words


One minute of words

What to do with this activity?

"One minute of words" is a game you can play almost anywhere if you have a couple of pencils and some pieces of paper. 

Everyone gets a pencil and paper. Someone has to be the timekeeper and the timekeeper picks a letter and tells everyone the letter. Each person playing then writes as many words as possible that start with that letter. When a minute is up, the timekeeper shouts “Stop!” and all the players put down their pencils. Whoever has the most words wins the game. You might want to give extra points for longer words, but that is optional. 

  • Why am I doing this?

    Writing is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their writing ability will become. Your child is also more likely to write about things they like or are interested in – writing is a way to express yourself and using writing in this way can be more meaningful to a child. Word searches and crosswords can help with pattern recognition and spelling, and help build vocabulary and spelling.

  • How can I do more?

    Give your child lots of opportunities to write - notes, birthday cards, emails or text messages. Encourage your child to make and write their own books about something they are interested in, for example, cars, dinosaurs, fairies or dogs. They can draw or stick in their own pictures.

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