Thesaurus game: Describing a person

This family game uses a thesaurus to teach kids and teens how to make better vocabulary choices. Play the thesaurus game for a homeschool writing lesson.

In a previous post, I taught you to play Boardless Scrabble as a way to build spelling and vocabulary skills while having a blast with your family. The thesaurus game is another great upper elementary through high school activity that uses a thesaurus to help strengthen vocabulary choices.

Why is this important? Because kids have a tendency to use the same words over and over when they write. A carefully chosen synonym will add sparkle to any writing assignment. By teaching your children to choose appropriate synonyms, you’ll help them expand their writing vocabulary, making their compositions, reports, and poems much more fun to read!

synonym finder thesaurusThesaurus game materials

  • paper
  • pencils
  • thesaurus, such as our favorite (affiliate link) The Synonym Finder
  • dictionary

Thesaurus game directions

Are you tall? Shy? Determined? Then you might also be lanky, reserved, and tenacious! These are synonyms, words having the same or nearly the same meaning as another. Use your thesaurus to play this fun synonym game.

  1. For this activity, write down 10 adjectives that describe your personality, physical appearance, temperament, or character. (If you choose words from this list of character traits, make sure to change nouns to adjectives. For example, change optimism to optimistic, loyalty to loyal, etc.)
  2. Next, use your thesaurus to find a synonym for each of the 10 words.
  3. If the synonym is unfamiliar to you, use your dictionary to make sure you’re using the word correctly.
  4. Challenge yourself to choose new or less familiar words of at least three syllables.

Want to do more?

  • Make other lists describing pets, family members, or friends.
  • Write a paragraph describing yourself. Practice expanding your vocabulary by using at least three of your new words.

This family game uses a thesaurus to teach kids and teens how to make better vocabulary choices.

Pre-writing activities and writing games are important learning tools. That’s why we’ve tucked them into the pages of all our WriteShop curriculum: WriteShop Primary for grades K-3, WriteShop Junior for grades 3-6, and WriteShop I & II for middle and high school students.

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5 Comments

  • Posted March 3, 2008

    Ann @ Holy Experience

    Yes, we too LOVE the synonym finder!

  • Posted June 16, 2016

    Amy Milcic

    I love this idea!! This would be a great game to add to our list of travel games, too. Thanks so much!

    • Posted June 16, 2016

      Kim Kautzer

      Yes! It would make a fantastic travel game, Amy!

  • Posted October 9, 2016

    Alicia Hutchinson

    This is SO great! Thank you!!

    • Posted October 10, 2016

      Kim Kautzer

      Hope your kids have lots of fun playing, Alicia!

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