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By Kay Cliffordpart-time teacher, Ipswich

This game encourages children to build up their vocabulary by using the words on the board to describe various smells, sights, sounds, textures and tastes. It will also develop skills in using phonics and looking for spelling patterns in unfamiliar words, when reading.

The game is ideally suited to children who are already aware of common adjectives – such as nice, horrible, happy, sad, big and little – and who would be able to think of more interesting alternatives.

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Playing the game

  • This game can be played in pairs or small groups. Each player should place a counter on the Start box then roll a dice to see who goes first. The person who rolls the highest number starts.
  • Player one rolls the dice and moves forward that number of spaces. If they land on a picture representing one of the five human senses, they must choose a word from the corresponding circle around the edges of the board.
  • Once they have chosen a word, the player must then think of a noun that fits with that word – eg, sparkling diamonds, wailing siren, yummy chocolate, tickly feathers.
  • If their partner, or the rest of the group, agrees that the describing word fits with the noun, the player can cover the word they chose with the art straw/strip of paper/pipe-cleaner.
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