Try TriBonds

TriBonds is a fun word game that gets kids thinking creatively, critically, and laterally. You can play it as part of a center rotation, during a few spare minutes of class, or on a road trip! Check out some free examples of TriBonds in this post.

mail ~ shoe ~ lunch

What do these three words have in common?

TriBonds or, as it is sometimes called, the Game of Threes is yet another way to practice higher level thinking. Finding the common link that joins three words, that on first glance seem to have nothing in common, requires analysis and deductive reasoning. Just another way to help children learn to think outside the box, and yes, box is the answer to that first TriBond.

TriBonds can be relatively easy:

carrots ~ celery ~ lettuce

Or much more challenging:

car tires ~ planets ~ crops

It depends on the age of your students. Here are some ways that you can use TriBonds:

  • Play the board game. Here is the kids’ version.TriBonds Kids
  • Make a worksheet in which students need to give the connecting word or concept. Or use these.
  • Have students come up with their own TriBonds. I have found the best way to do this is to come up with a common word and then try to find three words to go with it. You could combine all of your students’ TriBonds into one activity for the whole class.
  • Keep a list of TriBonds (or the cards from the game) nearby for those extra few minutes between lessons.
  • Make them up as a game in the car, while waiting for the dentist, etc.
  • Have a “Daily TriBond.”

Here are some (kids) TriBonds that are all connected by a single word to get you started:

  • book ~ cell ~ number
  • head ~ marching ~ aid
  • sauce ~ seed ~ core
  • camp ~ house ~ wild
  • town ~ work ~ base
  • board ~ out ~ house
  • work ~ rocky ~ rail
  • seat ~ fan ~ leather
  • house ~ day ~ lucky
  • rose ~ soup ~ dust
  • foot ~ snow ~ room
  • seat ~ box ~ pane
  • pad ~ trap ~ field
  • tug ~ motor ~ life
  • fall ~ fresh ~ bottle
  • plug ~ ring ~ phone
  • walk ~ game ~ diving
  • up ~ pack ~ switch
  • pig ~ light ~ fountain
  • brain ~ house ~ blue
  • snow ~ drain ~ sand
  • shelf ~ phone ~ mark
  • hard ~ top ~ sun
  • business ~ playing ~ index
  • mate ~ class ~ bath
  • chocolate ~ maid ~ carton
  • sea ~ egg ~ turtle
  • swing ~ spare ~ track
  • bell ~ mat ~ knob
  • sweat ~ tail ~polo
  • ache ~ band ~ board
  • house ~ fire ~ flash
  • bed ~ computer ~ bite
  • ground ~ house ~ double
I know I should probably give the answers. But then what fun would that be?


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