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Inside: Over 20 language arts board games to add to your educational board game collection! Use these board games to have fun AND learn/ improve language arts skills – everything from spelling, to vocabulary, to story structure and more.

Educational board games are a high priority in our homeschool. They come in second only to reading aloud. 

If I did nothing else in a day except read aloud and played a board game with my kids, I’d consider our homeschool day a success. Yes – really.

Homeschooling doesn’t need to take the entire day, at least formal homeschool activities, anyway.

But that’s another conversation altogether, so I digress.

If English is your native language, SO much of language arts can be learned through reading great books, having rich conversations, and writing things that actually have a purpose to the writer – to-do lists, short stories, letters.

Essentially anything but a mandatory classic book report.

In my five years of homeschooling, I’ve come to the conclusion that all you really you need for language arts proficiency is a language-rich environment. That environment also needs to be free of the pressure that schools put on kids to acquire certain skills before they’re developmentally ready (like say, forcing ALL 5-year-olds to learn how to read??).

Related: The Best Reading Curriculum for Reluctant Readers

Most children will naturally want to acquire skills like reading and writing. Why? Because they see those things are valuable skills to the adults in their lives.

Language arts board games can help facilitate and accelerate what native speakers growing up in language-rich environments already do naturally.

Plus, they’re just plain FUN – as learning should be if at all possible, especially during the elementary years.

So add a few of these board games to your wish list to start infusing your homeschool days with gameschooling, language arts fun!

Side Note: Some of these language arts board games were designed with English Language Learners in mind. While I haven’t tested all of them personally, I imagine they work just as well for native English speakers.

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20+ Language Arts Board Games

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Our personal favorites from this list so far are Catch Phrase, Taboo and Scrabble.

Breaking News and Cooking Up Sentences are both on my wish list.

1. Mad Libs – The Game

A classic favorite made into a larger game the whole family can play together. Laughter and learning combine with this retro way of learning parts of speech!

2. Dabble

Be the first player to spell five words using 20 tiles and you WIN! This a fast-paced spelling game for the whole family. This language arts board game is like speed Scrabble. More tiles, less time! 

Recommended for ages 8+.

3. Word on the Street

Help build vocabulary and spelling skills, creative thinking, and teamwork with this fast-paced game of word building.

Recommended for ages 10+, 2-8 players.

4. Turnspell Word Game

The rotating board keeps the letter ever-changing creating an attention-grabbing word-building game. Think Scrabble with a fast-paced twist. You can even steal letter tiles from opponents.

5. Blurt!

Players listen to definitions and race to respond with the correct word answer in this language arts board game. 

6. Scattegories

Another fast-paced family favorite that helps build vocabulary, spelling, reading, and writing without your players even realizing. Race against the timer to create a list of words that start with the letter on the rolled die. 

7. AfterWORDs

This is a fast-paced vocabulary-building game. Players must name a word that matches a certain category AND begins with the letter in play. 

Designed for 2-4 players.

8. Taboo

A fast-paced and fun family game that teaches new words and vocabulary without players even realizing it. Get your teammate to say the word on the card WITHOUT you saying the 5 corresponding listed “taboo” words.

9. Catch Phrase

This is language arts game is fast and ridiculously easy to play – you can also play without keeping score. It introduces 5,000 words and phrases, although you may run into younger players not knowing some of the terms or pop culture references.

Teammates guess the word or phrase that appears on the screen by describing it any way possible (unlike Taboo, where you can’t say certain words). It’s like Hot Potato with words! 

If you can read, you can play. And even if you can’t, you easily be a permanent “guesser”.

This game is a must-have for any homeschool family!

10. Storycubes

A creative story-building game that offers endless possibilities. Players roll cubes and let the pictures on the dice speak for themselves. Inspire a love of writing, and work on proper story structure at the same time!

12. Grammar File Folder Games

This set includes 6 language board games that reinforce grammar skills. Self-checking file-folder style game boards allow for independent learning fun. Player will practice singular/plural, contractions, past/present/future, they’re/there/their, two/too/to, and verbs/adjectives/adverbs.  

12. Grammar File Folder Games

This set includes 6 language board games that reinforce grammar skills. Self-checking file-folder style game boards allow for independent learning fun. Player will practice singular/plural, contractions, past/present/future, they’re/there/their, two/too/to, and verbs/adjectives/adverbs.  

13. Sight Words Space Station

Players practice reading and memory while matching sight word pairs. 

For up to 8 players, and includes 96 cards.

14. Don’t Say It!

Each card includes a base word and four words that your team member cannot use to describe the base word.

This game is very similar to Taboo, but geared towards a younger audience.

15. Cooking Up Sentences

From trusted educational board game gurus Learning Resources, this language arts board game teaches grammar, parts of speech, and sentence structure with a fun cooking theme. Self-checking for independent play. 

16. Breaking News!

Teaches spelling, punctuation, and grammar for players ages 7 and up. Players edit breaking news headlines while practicing the skill of proof-reading.

17. Squik

Improve vocabulary and encourage reading through forming words with tiles. Players can rearrange, swap, and even steal tiles from opponents. 

18. Grasping Grammar

This language arts board game is recommended for grades 4 and up and teaches parts of speech, nouns, and interjections. It helps players identify all eight parts of speech. 

The single Amazon review suggests that the original directions are unclear, but once the reviewer made up his own directions, the game was great.

19. Grammar Wise

Players will learn and identify parts of speech by laying a series of connecting tiles, matching a word with the part of speech.

Although this language arts board game appears to be designed with English Language Learners in mind, it can be equally beneficial for native speakers learning English grammar rules. 

20. Volangulary

This game is a fun way to learn new words and their meanings.

Players draw game cards that include a word, function, and sample sentence on one side of the card and a definition on the other. Players attempt to give quick definitions while moving along the game board path to the finish.

21. Super Why! ABC Letter Game

Based on the PBS Kids Show Super Why, this language arts board game teaches early reading and spelling development. Introduces rhyming and early phonics. Appropriate for ages 3 and up.

22. Sight Words Pizza

Players will learn Dolch and Fry sight words while they create a yummy pizza on their game board. Build vocabulary with 120 sight word ingredients (90 basic sight words and 30 advanced).  

Designed for beginning or growing readers.

Do you have a favorite language arts board game? Share in the comments!

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