Solving puzzles has a huge range of benefits that can, and should be appreciated from a young age. Puzzling is definitely not just a pastime you pick up when you retire!
Clue Detective has come up with an acronym that embraces the benefits of solving puzzles for health and wellbeing, as well as active learning and literacy. The acronym is CUSP which stands for Catch Up to Solve Puzzles.
Benefits of CUSP
- Enhanced language and literacy skills
Students can enjoy the challenge of solving a crossword/codeword. To (successfully) complete the puzzle, the puzzler’s spelling needs to be correct.
A puzzle provides an element of fun and mystery. Students can imagine themselves playing detective or codebreaker, and at the same time be learning language principles.
- Online Puzzle Delivery
The days where students were compelled to solve puzzles on paper are well and truly gone. Clue Detective offers a fantastic online puzzling interface which can be accessed by individuals and classes alike. This makes them the ideal remote learning activity that is completely COVID-safe for all.
- Curriculum-Based Puzzles
Puzzles make a fantastic educational activities for students of any year level. Tutors and teachers are the people who know their subject inside and out. Clue Detective warmly welcomes the opportunity to work with these educationalists to create engaging resources that will help their students in their current studies and foster lifelong learning.
Here are some ideas:
- Lists of spelling words that can be turned into crosswords, codeword and word finds.
- Words pertinent to a specific subject area – e.g., names of chemical elements.
- Quotes from an English novel that need to be remembered for an exam. …. “It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking ________…” George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty Four. A simple word like ‘thirteen’ can be extremely useful!
CUSP helps students stay connected
Group puzzling is an activity that if students enjoy, particularly online, (e.g. via Zoom or Clubhouse) they will look forward to participating. It also gives them the opportunity to look out for their friends’ mental health, as well as enhance their learning.
- Maintain good mental health, wellbeing and self-esteem
Research shows that 3 in 4 people with a mental illness develop symptoms before the age of 25. This strongly suggests that there will be students who are suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues during their school years.
Staying connected is vital and forming a CUSP Club is a fun way that will encourage social interaction among students.
In the event a student is feeling a little low or flat, it will hopefully give them the chance to focus on an enjoyable pastime while the feelings subside. Doing this regularly, they will develop resilience and a strong coping strategy for the difficult times. They will feel much better knowing that they have a plan in place to deal with it.
Catching up to solve puzzles with a group of friends has many advantages. Puzzles are fun, stress-free, and at the same time, great (active) learning activities. They allow puzzlers to enjoy engaging their brain to focus on something helpful and wholesome and have the satisfaction of solving a problem.