How can I improve my descriptive vocabulary

Learning German games: How to develop your child's vocabulary

Language development in children

It is crucial for children's language development that their questions in German are taken seriously. If a child often experiences that he does not get any answers and is deported, he simply stops asking questions in the long run. Of course, this also means that language development is slower. In everyday life it is therefore extremely important to patiently respond to questions and thus to constantly enlarge the child's language world, also through learning games. This direct attention through games in German has a very positive effect on child development, increases self-esteem and expands vocabulary through games and fun. A whole series of educational games have the same effect - we are introducing you to the eleven most beautiful ones.

Educational games for the subject German

1. Vowels have no place here

This game for German is suitable for groups with at least four or more children. All participants in this educational game form a circle, one of the children stands in the middle. In this game, he or she asks one of the other children in the circle a question that this child should answer without using the previously determined vowel. For example: “What should I eat tonight, just not with a u?” In this game, the child asked has to give an answer and be careful not to include a u in it. For example, it answers: “Chocolate pudding”. This answer is wrong, because in the word chocolate pudding there is a u. Now in this game the child in the middle swaps his place with the one who mentioned the wrong word. This thinks up another question and names the vowel, which must not appear in the answer. The aim of this educational game is to stand in the center of the circle as briefly as possible. In this game, your child learns which vowels are there on the side. It will not be forgotten anymore.

2. Play what I say!

In this German learning game, one child stands in front of the other players and introduces a job. In this game, however, it does not mention the name of the profession, but only tells you what has to be done in this game. The players in this educational game listen carefully and then put what they hear into motion. For example, if the child speaks of a painter, the players in this game begin to make exactly the movements that the child describes. You dip the brush in the paint bucket, apply glue to the strip of wallpaper, paint a wall or climb a ladder. The descriptive child has to express himself very clearly in this educational game so that the other players can make the correct movements. The narrating child judges the other players in this educational game and names the winner who performed the movements best. This is the next narrator's turn in this game.

3. Playing with abbreviations

In everyday life we ​​come across a lot of abbreviations that we naturally integrate into our vocabulary. As an educational game, collect as many abbreviations as they can think of together with your child. Now the game begins, because these abbreviations are to be given a new meaning. Each player tries to find new and funny meanings in this game. ADAC (General German Automobile Club) becomes, for example, "Everyone thinks of Caesar".

A selection of everyday abbreviations that are suitable for this educational game:

  • for example)
  • Dr. (Doctor)
  • KW (calendar week)
  • No. (number)
  • etc. (and so on)
  • DLRG (German Life Saving Society)
  • AG (stock corporation)
  • Bafög (Federal Training Assistance Act)
  • EU (European Union)
  • GGG (or similar) Brothers Grimm Primary School
  • PC (Personal Computer)
  • CD (Compact Disc)

4. Concentrated wrong answers

This game for German usually leads to great amusement, either because the other players make mistakes sooner or later in this educational game or because the answers do not match the questions. A child or an adult takes on the role of the questioner in this game. It now asks the first player a question that should remain unanswered. Then he asks the next child the second question, which the child must answer with the correct answer to the first question. This is how it continues with this educational game, the answer to the previous question is always given. As soon as a child makes a mistake in this game, it takes over from the questioner.

5. Five words - use it!

In this game for German, five different words are collected, which each player should convert into a meaningful sentence in the order presented. The words for this educational game could be for example: dog - laugh - ice - beach - snow. From this, very different sentences can be formed in this game. Whoever does it first gets one point. A good idea here is: A dog is sitting on the beach and laughing because it thought its ice was made of snow. The five terms come about in such a way that each child playing along with this educational game names one or two. Many different words can also be written on small cards that are collected in a hat. In turn, each child then draws five (or more) terms to be used in this game.


6. Word strings

With this compound noun, the aim is to turn the last word part into a new one. If you get stuck in this game, you have lost: power supply - participation - having nothing - doing nothing - not good - good ... Depending on the agreement, fantasy words are also allowed in this educational game if they are funny enough.

7. Complete my story

This game for German is especially loved by creative children who have great fun developing a story. Each player thinks of a sentence in this German educational game. The next player in this educational game then has to follow up on this with a new sentence. This usually results in a very imaginative, funny or very bizarre story.

  1. It was late in the evening when Peter turned off the television.
  2. His parents weren't allowed to know that he'd been looking that long.
  3. So Peter was very quiet.
  4. He crept to the television in the dark and hit the off switch.
  5. But nothing happened.


  • Educational game - variant 1: Each new sentence must start with the last word of the previous one.
  • Educational game - variant 2: This is not about a whole story, but about a sentence. Each player only appends one word to the previous one. Whoever is the first to be unable to develop the sentence further has lost.

8. Do you know the alphabet?

In this learning game for German, the players take turns forming words that either all begin with the same initial letter or whose initial letters are based on the order of the alphabet. For example, all first names with M are searched for: Manfred, Martina, Maria, Mike, Michael ... If you can't think of a first name, you've lost the game. Or first names are searched for in the game, each starting with one of the following letters of the alphabet: Anne, Ben, Charlie, Daniel, Erik, Florian ...

Other possible themes for this game include

  • jobs
  • Music groups, bands, singers
  • Games
  • Cartoon characters
  • everything about Halloween
  • everything to do with bikes (scooter, bike, car)

9. Light on! Light off!

In this game for German, all participants take turns looking for reasons why the lights should be on or off. For example: lights on - otherwise I cannot read. The next one says: Lights off - otherwise I can't sleep. The next one says again: light on! Otherwise I stumble in the dark, etc. Of course, this game doesn't just work with light, but with many other statements.

  • I'm getting married / I'm not getting married
  • Music on / music off
  • I go swimming / I don't go swimming
  • TV on / TV off
  • I go to school / I don't go to school
  • We travel / We do not travel

10. Find my word

The game for German can be played by two or more people. Someone thinks up a sentence by leaving out a word: In the evening I did another ... with my dog. Now have the other players in this game for German guess which word is meant. Whoever names it first can choose a gap sentence next.

11. Who am I?

In this German game, each child takes a small piece of paper and writes the name of a well-known person on it - for their neighbor. The name shouldn't be too difficult for the neighbor to guess. Then, in this learning game for German, the note is stuck to the neighbour's forehead with some cream. One after the other in this game, the other players ask questions about themselves. They have to be decision-making questions that can only be answered with yes or no. If the answer is yes, you can still ask a question until the answer is no. Once you've found out your name, you don't play along anymore. This game for German is played until everyone has found out who he / she is.

My advice:

You can easily try out all of the above games for German at home or on the go with your child at no additional cost. There are also a number of interesting board and card games that cost a few euros, but are also very useful for your child's language development in German:

  • Wortzauber, Piatnik, 1 to 6 players, ages 6+
  • Scrabble Junior, Piatnik, 2 to 4 players, ages 5+
  • Wortfix, Ravensburger, 2 to 8 players, ages 7+
  • Quiz und Co, Ravensburger, from 2 players, from 7 years
  • Boggle, Hasbro, from 2 players, ages 8+