Many children are unable to gain essential communication skills because they spend more time on their smart devices and less time with their peers. As a parent, you can use several fun games to help your kid develop these skills and become more eloquent.
Various issues may mean that your child has trouble picking up on essential communication skills. The common reasons are low self-esteem and the lack of interaction with other children. Fortunately, both of these can be tackled with a few communication skills games.
As a parent who is stuck wondering how to teach communication skills to your little ones, the following games will be helpful:
1. Conversation Ball
This game consists of discussing with your family, with the rule that the person holding the ball is the only one allowed to speak. It will teach your kids to listen to others without interrupting.
2. 20 Questions Game
The 20 questions game will train kids to think critically and ask questions directly, as they’re expected to guess what’s on one of the participant’s minds by asking questions.
3. Impromptu Speech
Get your kid to talk about something they love for about two minutes. As they grow older, introduce more challenging topics and have them give longer speeches to improve their ability to express their thoughts accurately.
4. Identify the Object
In a group, blindfold one child, then have the others describe an object to him or her. The blindfolded kid is supposed to guess what the object is from the descriptions.
Have your kid write a poem about a particular topic. They should then recite it to the family to build their confidence in public speaking. You can keep the lyrics in your baby memory books to remind you of those fun moments.
6. Picture Storytelling
Picture story selling is another game of teaching communication skills for kids. Bring a set of pictures then ask your child to arrange them to create a storyline.
Scrabble is a board game that enriches your child’s vocabulary. It widens their knowledge of a language and makes them more confident when speaking.
8. Dance Freeze
For communication skills activities for kids that work on listening skills, try the dance freeze game. Children should dance when the music is on and freeze when it stops.
Taboo is a picture game, where there are cards with an image and three words below it. The kids are supposed to describe the object in the picture without using the three words. This game develops vocabulary and verbal expression.
10. ‘Get to Know You’ Balloons
Have kids write questions on paper, put them in a balloon, and then blow it. The questions can be about topics such as their favorite pet. Let them play with the balloons, pick one, then burst it. Each child should answer the question that they get. This allows them to talk about themselves and learn how to communicate their feelings.
Build Your Kids’ Communication Skills in Style
Teaching children communication skills is fun when you use games. Make your child feel free to express their thoughts about things that affect them. When you show them that you’re ready to listen, they will open up more easily.
Let us know in the comments which communication games your kids enjoy the most.
Amalia Liberman is a wife and a mother of two as well as a novelist and writer, the author has been featured in Women’s Health magazine and also written different articles in lifestyle magazines. Her passions lead her to search out knowledge with all her searching and she doesn’t mind sharing her findings.