Whether we know it or not, seeing something visually helps us remember it in our head. How many of us can drive somewhere based on landmarks only? I know I’m that way, and I get in trouble if a landmark gets moved!
When I heard about Marie’s Words I was intrigued. It is a card game that helps you remember the definitions of words through the hand drawn pictures on the front of each card. The word is incorporated into the picture in some creative way to help make it even more memorable. Some of the clues are very easy to get; others take a while to figure out.
The front of a card
The back of the card giving the meaning.
Marie’s Words is great for children 5 years and up. My six year old son played this and got quite a few right from the pictures. My eight year old son did great with it and I think he enjoyed learning new words. I was especially excited for my husband to play this with us. He enjoys words so much he would actually sit and read the dictionary as a child! He got most of them right, but even he was stumped on a few and learned some new meanings.
We sat and played this at dinner time and it was a fun addition to our meal.
The game is sold at Timberdoodle for $23.99. If you are trying to expand your child’s knowledge of words this would be an easy painless way to do so! With 550 cards it will take your family a while to get through all of them. You’ll be word-smith’s in no time!
Timberdoodle has a lot of other fantastic language arts for homeschoolers available here. You can request a free homeschool catalog, which I highly recommend doing. They are so much fun to look through! Timberdoodle also regularly hosts giveaways on their blog, so make sure you follow Timberdoodle on Facebook to keep up with the latest info!
As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of Marie’s Words in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.