There are so many games that you can play with your children to develop your entire family's language and social skills. Charades (or "Sessiz Sinema" in Turkish) is a game that we play a lot in our home. This activity is not only great for developing vocabulary, it is also great for developing non-verbal communication and acting skillls.
Best of all, it requires very little preparation and can be played in small or large groups. Plus, you can decide how difficult or how competitive you want to make it by setting your own rules at the beginning of the game.
My daughters (aged 4.5 and 6) especially like acting out scenes from movies or TV shows they have watched. Sometimes they pretend to be one of the characters from the movie, sometimes they act out elaborate scenes with props.
It is extremely amusing to watch a child (or your husband) trying to communicate that she or he is a "Minion" or "Sophia the First" without speaking.
The only problem with charades is that you constantly have to come up with a movie or show or activity or object to be acted out/relayed to your audience. Sometimes we just end up acting out Cinderella over and over and over again because we can't remember any of the movies we have watched.
This is where Etudist comes to the rescue...Below, you will find two links to two different sets of visual flashcards to use while playing charades. The first set has about 60 while the second set has about 80 cards. The first set features the posters/dvd covers of popular children's movies/shows from the past couple of years (I apologize for the girly-movies bias). The second set features photos of household items, occupations, seasons and the like.
You can print them out and cut them to make your own set of flashcards. I usually have them printed out somewhere on heavy paper (160gr) and have them cut them out for me so that I don't have to bother. It should cost no more than 30 TL's for each set.
P.S. You can play this game in Turkish, English or Turklish...It really doesn't matter as long as everybody has fun!
P.P.S. There are tons of charades resources available on the web if you want to find out about the rules or add new cards to your collections.
Derya Akalın Uysal, founder of Etudist Training & Consulting.