Heres a word game thats fun to play with kids, like when youre waiting for the school bus. Its an easier version of 20 questions. It works like this:
Here are the rules.
1. One person is it. When teaching the game to kids, the adult should be it. They think of a thing. Just about anything. The younger the kids, the easier the thing should be.
2. The other players make guesses.
3. For each guess, the one whos it explains one way that the guess is like the thing and one way its not like the thing. This step keeps the game interesting for a grownup because it can be a challenge to think up likes and unlikes. And if a games boring for a grownup, it doesnt get played as much.
4. The other players keep guessing, using the hints they get with each guess.
5. If the other players have a hard time guessing, the one whos it should respond with more and more generous hints.
Kids as It: Kids will want to take their turns as it. Help them remember to give like and unlike hints. Kids often think that they win if the other kids cant guess. Help them learn that the fun is in giving good hints: hints that help but dont just give it away.
Twenty Questions: If the kids get good at guessit, they can graduate to 20 questions. Guessit fills the niche for kids that are old enough to play guessing games but too young to play 20 questions with anything like skill.