When we think about writing, we think about sitting at a desk with pencil and paper or typing on a computer keyboard.  When we think about summer, we think about anything but sitting at a desk.  So is “summer writing” an oxymoron? Hardly.  Summer is the time to get creative and spread the idea that words are fun. There are a lot of word games that involve vocabulary, parts of speech and even figurative language. Shhhhhh. Just don’t spoil the fun by announcing that Scrabble is good for vocabulary or that Taboo is a good way to practice similes.   Here are 5 of my favorite word games.

  1. Scrabble

Scrabble is a classic. There are Scrabble clubs, Scrabble competitions, etc.   Each player gets 7 tiles with which to make words and add on to the board.

  1. Boggle

Timers always add an extra element of excitement. With Boggle, players race to find as many words as they can using the letters that randomly fall on the grid. The pacing makes this game lots of fun to play.

  1. Balderdash

This classic bluffing game involves lots of creativity and quick thinking. Who’s the best bluffer in your family?

  1. Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples is a great way to get everyone giggling. There are two decks of cards, nouns and adjectives. Each player gets a chance to convince the “judge” that their combination is the winning one.

  1. Taboo

Taboo How do you get someone to say a certain word or phrase if you’re not allowed to use the obvious clues?

Just remember to keep it fun!