In case you missed it (it was rather buried in the comments), I wanted to teach you the Metaphor Game. My friend Jerusha taught it to me– and probably invented it, she’s that kind of mom– and when she reminded me about it, we started playing it again. Here’s her explanation:
“We play the ‘metaphor game’ in our house – or in the car. Like I Spy, except we describe something we see as something else – (to make it harder, and more poetic sounding, sometimes I’ll limit the number of words one can use to under 5). My boy thinks it’s all fun and games – but it’s amazing what he’ll come up with – how creative his language can be when he can’t use the words he regularly might. Then, when I read to them at night and notice a metaphor on the page, I’ll point it out. Pretty soon, they are pointing them out to me. This has give us good language for talking about poetry together. We’ll read a poem about a tiger – for example – and then I’ll ask – do you think it’s a metaphor for something else? And they can agree or disagree. But it’s neat to have my 7-year-old boy able to think in that way.”
So, as an example: we read the first story of Heidi the other day, and in it, Spyri describes Dete as hurrying down the mountain by saying she was a steam engine.
Or, Bill is a moose in a china cupboard.
Sheila was a tornado in the toy room.
My children love these. Does your family have a favorite word game?