Help Build Science Skills: Scientific Categories

This game gives children a chance to use their scientific knowledge while at the same time developing their communication skills. It's a great noncompetitive game because kids have to work together to give clues and find answers. Be sure to match up children who are the same age or at the same skill level.

What this activity will develop:
Science and language skills

What you'll need:
• Index cards
• Marker
• 3-minute egg timer

Setting up:
Print the following categories on cards:

Things found in soil
Things found in the ocean
Things found in ponds
Things found in the desert
Things found in trees
Things found in the mountains
Things found in the sky
Things found on islands

Place all of the cards facedown in a pile. Set the egg timer where both players can see it.

What to do:
The object of the game is for each player to help the other name the category within the time limit.

The first player draws a card from the deck and reads the category silently.

The first player then turns over the timer and begins giving clues that will help the second player name the category. Clues should not include any words on the card. For example, clues for "things found in soil" could be earthworms, roots, and seeds.

When the time limit is reached, the players switch roles.

Keep track of the number of categories each player guesses within the time limit.

Expand your kids' knowledge by encouraging them to add new categories to the game.


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