Look around the place you are in whether it is a restaurant, park, beach or bedroom. In this game, you will be listing as many things as possible that start with a certain letter.
However, you get to be a little more flexible in how you describe the objects you pick out.
Objective(s) of activity
Take turns spotting objects that start with a certain letter chosen by one of the players. When a person is unable to spot an object satisfying this requirement during their turn, the round is over.
Targeted age group
Children older than 5 can play this game.
Number of children
One child is sufficient to play this game but the more kids, the merrier.
All the players first look around the place to get an idea of the objects in the room. This can be a bedroom, park, restaurant or any other place you have to be for a while.
One player starts by choosing a letter, for example ‘p’.
The other player then has to come up with an object in the room that starts with that letter.
Suppose there is an image of a pear in the room. So, the next player can point to this and say ‘pear’ (or 'picture').
So far, this is like ‘I Spy’, but in this game, you can use the properties of the object as part of the name.
Thus, the following would be valid responses.
Pear Purple elephant
Plane Pink tongue
The first two objects clearly start with ‘p’ and are acceptable. However, you are also allowed to offer responses such as ‘Purple elephant’ and ‘Pink tongue’.
Even though ‘elephant’ and ‘tongue’ do not start with ‘p’, using their properties (in this case colour) allows you to use these as responses.
The only requirements are that these objects are in the room and these objects really do have these properties.
Apart from colour, you can also use the size of objects to describe them, for objects that start with ‘t’.
Tall man (perhaps pointing to yourself) Thin girl
Thick book Tiny ant
Other physical properties like shape, state, number and taste can also be invoked in your responses.
Eg. Triangular paper (shape) Torn paper (state)
Two apples (number) Tasty soup (Taste)
You can also be more abstract in your descriptions by using actions.
Touch (said during an act of touching)
Twist (said while doing the twist)
In these examples, we are going beyond physical properties. In these examples, we are using physical actions. As long as the action is carried out, it can be used as a response in this game.
Notes for scaling up the activity:
In order to make this more challenging, you can completely ban simple object names as responses.
Thus, you can’t just point to a pear and say ‘pear’ if the letter is ‘p’. The response has to refer to the description of the object, eg. Pink elephant.
Since the person who has to offer the first object is not the person who suggests the letter, older children may be tempted to suggest letters like ‘z’ or ‘x’. Objects starting with these letters may be harder to find in the room.
If this happens, you can require that there must be at least one object that can plausibly start with that letter in the room.
If no one (including the person who suggests the letter) can find an object in the room starting with that letter, the next player gets to choose the letter.
How did this game go? What type of creative descriptions did your kids come up with? Let me know in the comments.