Multiple Meaning Words Games For Kids
There are several words with the same spelling but different meanings. These words are called homonyms. In this article, we’ve listed a few multiple meaning words games that can help your child better understand homonyms.
Multiple Meaning Words List
Here are a few words that have more than one meaning:
- Bark: It means the sound a dog makes + a tree’s outer layer
- Bat: It means an object used to hit a ball + a nocturnal mammal
- Can: It means a metal container + the ability to do something
- Die: It means to stop living + a cube with numbers 1-6
- Lie: It means to rest or recline + to not say the truth
- Match: It means pairing similar items together + a stick used to make flames
- Pound: It means a unit of weight + to beat something/someone
- Right: It signifies being correct + a direction
- Rose: It means to get up + a flower
- Tire: It means to become exhausted + a part of a wheel
Just how these words that have multiple meanings are called homonyms, there are words that have different meanings, same spellings, but different pronunciations. Those are called Homographs. For example, the word ‘bow’ could refer to archery equipment, and could also refer to bending. Both spell the same but sound different.
Similarly, some words with different meanings have the same pronunciation but different spellings. These are called Homophones. For example, the word ‘two’ means a number. Whereas the word ‘too’ refers to adding on to something. These are words that mean two things but sound exactly the same.
Fun Games to Understand Multiple Meaning Words
Here are a few multiple meaning words games your kids will love.
Match the Words: Understanding Words with Two Meanings
For this game, you need to create two batches of cards. The first batch would contain multiple meaning words, and the second batch would contain multiple meaning words sentences. An example of a pair of sentences would be “Jack threw the ____ to Jim”, and “Jennifer went to the ____ and danced all night” You guessed the word. It’s ‘ball’! Kids need to match both cards accordingly.
Homonym Charades: Act Out Words with Different Interpretations
As you guessed, all kids must do is act out various words with many meanings. You could first split kids into two teams, and then have each of them draw out a card with a homonym on it. For example, if a child picks out the word ‘rose’, they could act the word out in 2 different ways. First, a flower, and then the act of getting up. You could even refer to our multiple meaning words list above!
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Come Up with Another Sentence: Learn Dual Meaning Words
Write down sentences on chits of paper and have each child pick them up. If they pick a chit with a sentence like ‘I read a book yesterday’, they need to come up with another sentence with a word used in that sentence. Such as ‘I have to book a reservation at this hotel’ — same word, different meaning!
Homonym Race: Match Words that Have Different Meanings
Here’s another game to understand words that have multiple meanings. All you have to do is to scatter around picture cards/cards with written words on them. Kids need to race to find and touch the homonyms. For example, you could print out an image of a tire, and also an image of an exhausted boy. (the word is “tire”) Kids need to race to touch them both or match them and bring them to you. More examples of dual meaning words include ‘tie’, ‘band’, ‘ring’, and so much more.
Hide & Seek: Best Multiple Meaning Words Games
Test your child’s knowledge of English words with multiple meanings with this fun-filled homonym game! First, give each child a homonym card. (such as the word ‘bank’) Then, have them hunt for the definition cards that match this homonym. One definition card could read ‘a place where you deposit money’, and the other definition could be ‘the land alongside a river’.