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Your child’s learning can be made more efficient if sitting for hours memorising from a list, or doing page after page of assessment books has yielded very little improvements in his language skills. Perhaps it’s time to look into other forms of learning that he can be exposed to. Word play  increases your child’s familiarity with words and language, and allows your child to flex his imagination. Here are different types of word play that you can engage your child in.


The best way to develop and recognize the concept of alliteration is to read out loud to your child regularly. Once your child is familiar with the concept, get him to come up with alliterations of his own. This also motivates him to learn new vocabulary to come up with alliterative sequences.

Examples of alliterations:

  • Long live the loving louse!
  • Come and clean your closet
  • Fearless friends fought five foals


Print out mini posters with funny and creative puns and stick them all over the house! You could also find out a list of new words that he has learnt in school, and create puns for some of them to reinforce his learning. Creating puns together can also be a family activity!

Examples of puns:

  • Vampires are always looks for their necks victims
  • Mathematics teachers call retirement ‘The Aftermath’
  • Every calendar’s days are numbered


Tongue Twisters can also be done while carrying out your normal daily routine of going to the supermarket, or cleaning the house, especially after your child is more familiar with certain tongue twisters and can recite them from memory.

Examples of alliterative tongue twisters:

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper Picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?


Rhyming aids your child in appreciating, developing and strengthening phonetic awareness. It is also a fun activity to incorporate into your daily lives! Often, the best resources can be found in the environment around you. This also allows your child to be aware of his surroundings.

In books: Use books to get your child familiar with rhymes; lots of children’s books use rhymes to get children more interested in reading. Read to your child regularly, and get him to think of rhyming words that complete the next sentence.

In simple games: You could play a simple game of “I spy with my little eye, something that rhymes with______” as you pick your child up from school or during grocery trips together.

What do you think about word play? Leave a comment down below.