Children who know more words will have an easier time when it comes to reading. The more words they know, the more they can read.

This game — called “What’s another word for…?” — helps your child learn there’s more than one word for everyday things. You can play this game anywhere — at home, in the car, at the park. All you do is take turns and give two names for things you see around you. (Extra points if you or your child comes up with more than two words for the same thing.) Go ahead and use words your child doesn’t know — like “recliner” for “chair.” That’s how kids learn!

Here are some words to get you started (some easy, some fancy):

  • Couch, sofa, ottoman
  • Rug, carpet, mat, tapestry
  • Car, automobile, vehicle
  • Nose, snoot, snout
  • House, home, dwelling, abode
  • Store, market, shop, grocery store
  • Pond, lake, lagoon, basin
  • Sweatshirt, sweater, hoodie
  • Sidewalk, path, walkway, pavement