Positional words such as “above,” “below,” “beside” and “under” show where a noun is relative to another noun. These are important prepositions for children to learn in order to expand their vocabulary and express themselves clearly. We’ve chosen a variety of positional word games for our list that help introduce these words in a way that’s fun and stimulating without being too overwhelming for children in their early years.
In this word activity set, kids use a spinner and picture cards along with fun objects including a tree, hat, chair and box to learn positional words. For example, a quick spin will tell the child to put the “fox in the chair” or to put the “bee near the tree.” The game is quick-paced, keeping things fun and exciting. It also holds kids’ attention as they go through the different picture cards. One of the best things about this game is that the picture cards help children build additional vocabulary while learning positional words. This game is ideal for children ages 3 and older.
This game for 4- to 7-year-olds consists of 14 positional word cards, a two-piece dog house and two puppies. The cards can be used on either a flannel or magnetic board. The positional cards include words and phrases such as “over,” “under,” “between,” “behind” and “in front.” The set also comes with a resource guide that includes ideas for activities as well as card descriptions. The resource guide comes in Spanish, French and English, making it a great option for second language learners.
In this game, children are given prompt cards that have visual cues to follow. Your 3- to 4-year-old will place cutouts of various farm animals and barnyard items into the wooden base based on the visual cue in the card. The game is designed to help children learn prepositions, spatial relationships and how to follow directions.
This game for 3- to 6-year-olds helps children learn positional words in a fun, engaging manner. With its 48 included cards, children are challenged to match positional words and phrases. The pictures are easy to identify and help children gain a better understanding of positional words and spatial concepts. As they play the game and match the cards together, children also develop memory skills. The game board is two-sided and the cards are sturdy.
Sometimes simplicity is best. This chart can be used by children as a visual reference, and it’s great for classrooms or home use. In the chart, a ball has been placed above, below, in front of, behind and in various other positions around different objects. . The back of the chart includes reproducible activities, subject information and helpful tips for teaching. This is a great option for children ages 5 to 8.
“Positional word games, perhaps more than anything else, can truly help a child understand grammar and proper English usage while having fun. They can be helpful for children with limited vocabularies, though I recommend using caution with very young children to avoid frustration and confusion. These games can easily accelerate the knowledge and vocabulary of almost any child.”
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