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It’s a Person! It’s a Place! It’s a Thing!
6 Creative Ways to Make Learning Nouns Fun

It’s a person, it’s a place, it’s a thing… It’s a noun! You can spot a noun as you drive around town. Learning should be fun and the parts of speech make teaching fun! You can literally teach nouns all day long. Here are some fun ways to get started!

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One fun way is to create a person/place match game. Matches could be things such as fireman/firehouse, mailman/post office, teacher/school and so on. The object would be to match the person to their place. You could even expand and add a thing or have them use the words in a sentence. The sentences could be written down or said aloud. Another fun twist would be silly matches and then silly sentences. Kids love getting silly!

Mad Libs are always a great way to teach the parts of speech. The bonus is several parts of speech will be covered in this fun activity. You could also have your student write their own themed Mad Lib to go with an upcoming holiday or a unit you are studying.

Finding nouns as you drive is a carefree and fun way to learn. I call it Find a Noun Around Town. Have your student find a noun, identity what kind it is and use it in a sentence. It is also fun to challenge them to find more than you!

Bring out the artist in your child while teaching grammar with this fun activity. Draw a picture, label the nouns and then use them in a sentence. This is a great way to get your little one’s creative juices flowing. You can even do this activity outside. Have them draw what they see and recognize how many nouns are around us! Pictures could be drawn with sidewalk chalk for a fun twist!

Feeling bored and cooped up? Give your kiddo some Post-it notes and challenge them to find and label at least twenty nouns around the house. If they are older you could have them find even more and use them in a sentence.

It is no secret that books are the key to knowledge. Sit down with a stack of books and a bell. Every time your child hears a noun they get to ring the bell. You may get a little tired of the bell but they will pay attention. You could also use a small drum or tambourine. If you don’t like noise you could use this as a double lesson and teach them about tally marks. You could even reward them for a certain number of marks. Five marks (nouns found) equals five minutes of screen time, ten marks equals baking with mom and so on.

What fun ways have you been learning/teaching the parts of speech?

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6 Creative Ways to Make Learning Nouns Fun"

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Tamara
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Needed this. I’m the worst at remembering these sorts of things when needed.

Tamara
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Needed this, in the worst at remembering these sorts of things. I smarts mess it up.

Shann
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Great ideas! I used to love Mad Libs and forgot all about them. Also, love the car idea. Thank you!

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