When teaching young children about adjectives, adjective activities can help make the process fun while enhancing the learning process. By teaching children about adjectives, you give them the tools to be more creative speakers and writers, which can in turn develop their artistic side. Get your students out of a writing rut by introducing these adjective activities into your classroom.
Describe the Silly Hat
One adjective game that is very popular in elementary school classrooms is the game of describing silly objects.
- Try wearing different colorful and silly hat into the classroom each week.
- Ask your students to describe the hat. For example, wear a sombrero with many colorful tassels, a winter hat with bright patterns and pompoms, or a tall chef's hat decorated with buttons.
Discourage your students from using the same words each day to describe the hat: if they are stuck, teach them synonyms for their usual words.
Describe your Drawing
When your students return to their desks from art class or from a craft activity, ask them to put their drawings on their desk.
Provide them with pencils and a special notebook that is used each time you play this activity in class.
Ask them to bring out their notebook, and describe their art with as many adjectives as possible. If they are stumped, ask them targeted questions:
- What color is your painting?
- What is the size of the drawing?
- How does the man in your painting look?
Over time, the students will become used to explaining their art using creative adjectives.
Hide-and-Seek with Adjectives
Pair your students for the adjective hide and seek game.
- Instruct one member of the pair to write a sentence using as many adjectives as possible.
- Instruct the other member to use a highlighter to mark all of the adjectives in the sentence.
- Then as a whole class, tell the second member of each pair to share the adjectives they found, and correct them if they have identified any words that are not adjectives.
Students will learn adjectives from each other while also learning to use them properly in their writing.
Adjective of the Day
Each day, write one new adjective on the blackboard, or post the adjective on a bulletin board visible to all of your students.
- Encourage your students to use this adjective in various ways throughout the day. If the adjective of the day is "calm," for example, have your students use the word in several classroom activities.
- Go around the room and have each student use the word calm in a spoken sentence.
- At their desks, have students draw a picture of something that is calm.
- Sing a song together that could be described as calm or that uses the word "calm" in the lyrics.
By using their new vocabulary in a variety of ways in the classroom, students will train their brains to use the adjectives in many ways in their everyday life.
Appetizing Adjectives: One of the Tastiest Adjective Activities
Have your students put together a menu that features lots of well-described food items. Instead of writing "spaghetti and meatballs," encourage your students to use lots of "delicious" adjectives to make them sound like very appetizing.
- Challenge your students to make the best descriptions possible, and then have the students vote on which option sounds most delicious.
- Treat your class after the game to a snack that features the menu item that was described with the most adjectives!
Soon, your class will be asking to play adjective activities as often as possible, which in turn will encourage your students to be excited about adjectives in their writing, their creative work, and their storytelling.