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Homophone Fun

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

These games will build your child's grasp of grammar, vocabulary, and language.

Learning about language doesn't have to be boring. Playing games with homophones is a fun way to strengthen your child's vocabulary skills.

Homophones are pairs or groups of words that sound alike but have different meanings, for example: heir/air and nose/knows. Homophones may be spelled differently or alike, so the words fast (quick) and fast (abstain from eating) are also homophones.

  • Pencil and paper


  1. Ask your child to tell you any homophones he can think of. Ask him to tell you their meanings, too. He might, for example, say, "A board is a piece of wood, and bored is how you feel when there's nothing to do." If two or more children are playing, have them write down their homophones on paper.
  2. Make up riddles that have homophones as answers, such as Q: What do you call a teddy with no clothes? A: A bare bear.