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I thought of a new language game to play with DD. They are lifesavers in the car. We were lying in bed for quiet time when it popped in my head. I started:<br><br>
What is the opposite of big?<br>
<blank stare><br>
If you are not big, you are...?<br>
Little.<br>
What is the opposite of happy?<br>
If I'm not happy... I'm sad.<br>
Yes, the opposite of happy is sad. What is the opposite of hot?<br>
Cold!<br>
Yes! What is the opposite of up?<br>
Down!<br>
Yes. What is the opposite of heavy?<br>
Little!<br>
Close, honey. It is light. What is the opposite of night-time?<br>
Dark!<br>
Well, it is dark when it is night-time, yes. But if it is not night-time it is?<br>
Bright!<br>
Ok, The opposite of night-time is day-time. What is the opposite of the Sun?<br>
when da sun goes down, da moon comes up.<br>
Yes! What is the opposite of laughing?<br>
Crying.<br>
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I stopped there because I could not think of anymore, and that last one left me kinda speechless.<br><br>
Quiet time is an alternative to napping. We are going crazy over here right now trying to figure out how best to keep her rested without having her stay up all night. She is just non-stop. My brain is just mush at the end of the day.<br><br>
Half the reason for posting this is that I am having a particularly hard time with her today and want to accentuate and remember the good. It really was a priceless conversation all snuggled up in bed.<br><br>
The other reason is to ask if this is that abnormal for a bright soon-to-be 2-year-old. I don't think I have seen it on any verbal milestone chart.<br><br>
Do you remember when your kids did this?<br>
Do you have any other little language games you play/played?
 

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I discovered that exact same one (opposites, started with "If it's not x it's...?" too) around 2 or so (can't remember exactly).<br><br>
Then we moved on to rhymes at around 2.5. That one still crops up occasionally at just-turned-three. It looks like this:<br><br>
"I see something that rhymes with DIRT"<br><br>
Looking around, and sometimes needing a clue from me, like "I am wearing it" DS says "Shirt!"<br><br>
Then it would morph into "what rhymes with x, mommy" and I give clues to get him to guess a word. We mostly did this at dinner.<br><br>
Now he's all about riddles.<br><br>
Yes, the verbally gifted and extroverted kid does talk non-stop, and channeling it into something at least somewhat fun for you can help stay positive!<br><br>
Now he's three and I am having him come up with the clues, riddles, etc. It's pretty funny! He hasn't figured out that he has to pick an animal, thing, person FIRST, so he just starts saying things like "I live in a tree and I'm really little and I am brown" and I can tell he has nothing in mind, so if I say "a bird" he says "umm, yeah, sure, yes, I was thinking of a bird". So funny!
 

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Rhyming! Yes, that should be fun in a couple of months.<br><br>
When we are in the car it is either we play these games or I listen to her whine about wanting to go to the playground/baby store/library, or how she wants to get out, or how she wants the rock off the floor, etc.<br><br>
So far we have pretty much exhausted:<br><br>
What color is a ______?<br>
How many shapes can you name?<br>
Is a ________ an animal?<br>
Which is bigger/littler/faster/slower etc.?<br>
What letter does ________ start with?<br>
A very simple form of I spy<br><br>
She now sings the ABCs perfectly so that is fun. Oh, and she knows a bunch of nursery rhymes now. I love "This little piggy stayed home. This little piggy stayed home, too." Thankfully, these things require less input from me.<br><br>
She has been counting 1-10 for awhile now, and has recently been doing it all.the.time. Finally, last night I cut her off after ten, and continued to 20. She then proceeded to count from 1-10, 16-20. So that is something we can play in the car. How high can we count?<br><br>
We also tell eachother jokes. Knock-knocks, and why did the chicken cross the road? She thinks they are hilarious, which is funny cause they are so not funny. We also talk about our day and all the people in our family we love.<br><br>
She is definatley verbally gifted, but I would not peg her as an extrovert. She saves all her talking for me!<br><br>
Ugh, She is taking a nap right now. That means she could very well be up till 1 in the morning tonight.
 

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Same and different game:<br><br>
"How is X like Y?<br><br>
How is X different from Y?"<br><br>
(cats and dogs, Grandma Grace and Grandma Toni, Christmas and the Fourth of July, whatever).
 

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I think my gifted kiddo got opposites around 18 mos. He liked analogies at 3 (and I am not the best at thinking up analogies!) He's currently into synonyms and antonyms (which are still opposites, but with a fancier name). My 7 yr. old likes doing them, too.
 

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So I tried analogies on him yesterday, starting easy with this:<br><br>
"A person's arm is like a bird's what?"<br><br>
Of course he got that right away.<br><br>
Then I started using the proper analogy wording:<br><br>
I did "a car is to the road as a what is to the lake?"<br><br>
he said "boat" right away.<br><br>
I did a bunch more with increasing difficulty, he got them all and asked for trickier ones.<br><br>
I finally stumped him with "cow is to beef as what is to bacon?"<br><br>
he said "sausage."<br><br>
I think we'll have fun with this! It never occurred to me to try analogies with a 3 year old, even a gifted one, but its perfect!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> I asked my DD and she answered, with a voice full of scorn, "What is a <i>what</i>, anyway?"
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> I asked my DD and she answered, with a voice full of scorn, "What is a <i>what</i>, anyway?"</div>
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Would she prefer "blank"?
 

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Oh, no, I mean, I'm sure she knew what I was asking, and the answer. She was just making fun of me for asking her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh, no, I mean, I'm sure she knew what I was asking, and the answer. She was just making fun of me for asking her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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That would have been DD's response too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Okay, I feel like you guys are making fun of me, now, or DS for liking the question and having fun answering it.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Okay, I feel like you guys are making fun of me, now, or DS for liking the question and having fun answering it.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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I asked her your question, so obviously <i>I'm</i> not making fun of you. I thought it was a perfectly fine question, and I did not anticipate her response at all. <i>DD</i> was making fun, but you can't get upset every time a 4 year old laughs at your expense. I'm sorry your feelings were hurt, but that was not at all my intent.<br><br>
What I think is funny is how small that window can be, where you can come up with questions and your kid will gladly answer them. For us, that was a late-2, early-3 kind of thing, IIRC. Nowadays, she's not so obliging. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I asked her your question, so obviously <i>I'm</i> not making fun of you. I thought it was a perfectly fine question, and I did not anticipate her response at all. <i>DD</i> was making fun, but you can't get upset every time a 4 year old laughs at your expense. I'm sorry your feelings were hurt, but that was not at all my intent.<br><br>
What I think is funny is how small that window can be, where you can come up with questions and your kid will gladly answer them. For us, that was a late-2, early-3 kind of thing, IIRC. Nowadays, she's not so obliging. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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I think I might be having a hard time imagining my child (barely 3) making fun of anything, especially me!! Yikes! I <i>am</i> somewhat sensitive (not too bad, but still) and think the thought of your older DD making fun of you for my question to my younger DS just brought the reality to me that he <i>will</i> be snide to me someday. Ugh!
 

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Sorry, you were upset. I certainly wasn't making fun of you either. It's just that DD has <i>never</i> been interested in engaging in any form of "testing" however well (fun) intentioned. She would have answered those questions until just over two but after that would exasperatedly ask the questioner why they were asking since they obviously knew the answer. FWIW I think your anaolgies game sounds like a lot of fun it's just that she would hate it framed like that.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sorry, you were upset. I certainly wasn't making fun of you either. It's just that DD has <i>never</i> been interested in engaging in any form of "testing" however well (fun) intentioned. She would have answered those questions until just over two but after that would exasperatedly ask the questioner why they were asking since they obviously knew the answer. FWIW I think your anaolgies game sounds like a lot of fun it's just that she would hate it framed like that.</div>
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How different they all are! DS LOVES anything couched as a quiz. He just loves being asked questions! I don't think he cares that <i>I</i> know the answer, he just likes to show that <i>he</i> does, too. As a matter of fact, he's really into putting on shows--having everyone watch him and listen to him. I think it goes along with that. He begs for math questions, riddles, (now) analogies, etc. I think as a child I would have been like your DD, though, and would have been annoyed with such games.<br><br>
Wonder if this is all personality difference or if there is an age (4 vs. 3) and/or gender issue here as well. Hmmm...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wonder if this is all personality difference or if there is an age (4 vs. 3) and/or gender issue here as well. Hmmm...</div>
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It might be an age thing... I think when my DD was 3, she didn't mind being quizzed--didn't mind not knowing the answer to all the questions and took pride in knowing the answers to some of them. But now if I quiz her in some way, she shows discomfort and anxiety. She'll say, "Mom, these questions are really hard," or she'll initially whisper her answer. Like today we were looking at Brainquest cards and the questions were mostly very easy for her but she still obviously felt pressured.
 

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I'd say both/all. As I said DD has always had that aversion but it has definitely become stronger over the last six months. To the point where just before her fourth birthday the mother of a friend of hers asked her if she knew what an elephant was (because she wanted to tell a story about one) and she calmly declared that she didn't and stood her ground with a complete poker face until the woman gave up and left (kinda fair enough imo, I don't know <i>any</i> four year olds that don't know what an elephant is).
 

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DD (almost 6) has refused to do the "trained monkey" thing since she was an infant. If I just asked her those types of questions out of the blue, she would immediately go on the defensive or look at me like I'm nuts. However, she *loves* word games when they happen spontaneously. She started rhyming at a very young age, and has never really gotten bored by word games. They have become much more sophisticated over the years, of course, but they never happen like "let's play a game". It's all just spontaneous fun. Usually one of us says something accidentally which makes us all laugh hysterically and then we spontaneously turn it into a game of some sort.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">However, she *loves* word games when they happen spontaneously. She started rhyming at a very young age, and has never really gotten board by word games. They have become much more sophisticated over the years, of course, but they never happen like "let's play a game". It's all just spontaneous fun. Usually one of us says something accidentally which makes us all laugh hysterically and then we spontaneously turn it into a game of some sort.<br><br>
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Similar here.<br><br>
One day when he was about 2/2.5, we were in the kitchen and I offered DS some cheese, to which he replied, 'Yes, please' and started to giggle when he recognised it rhyming.<br>
I then offered ham and he said 'no, ma'am' <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
At the moment he likes to deliberately sing the wrong words to songs and see if I notice.<br>
Opposites too are popular when we're in the car.<br><br>
DS is a big extravert (like his Mama) and talks non-stop from the moment he wakes up......it's exhausting at times!
 
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