Word puzzle games are great to incorporate in your child’s education. Popular games include easy crossword puzzles and word searches and many others. These can become more complex as they grow and develop their thinking, and behavioural patterns.
Puzzles are not only fun, but they help children with reading, comprehension, logic, as well as expanding their vocabulary and general knowledge. They learn new things through having to research things in an atlas, dictionary or on the Internet, and they also remember what they have learned before.
Provide a learning challenge for kids
The beauty of word puzzle games is that they always provide a challenge – children develop competitive desire to find all the answers that will complete the grid. Once they have done it, they experience a sense of achievement and want to do it more and more. It will build their confidence and self-esteem, which is very important for their mental health. It’s never too early to start taking good care of your brain.
There is much more to learning words than just remembering a combination of letters. Often taught in ‘rote learning style’ – ie the child is given a list of words to memorise for a spelling test. This is really only the tip of the iceberg. To do a crossword puzzle, single words need to be put in context with their meaning. This is where the fun begins. There is more application required than simply remembering.
Playing word puzzle games help kids learn to spell correctly
Word search puzzle games are very good because they enforce correct spelling. They are often collection words in a particular category eg. Countries of the World which also builds general knowledge.
In order for children to be able to read and comprehend language effectively, it is vitally important that they learn these basic principles:
Vowel and consonant sounds
Singular and plural
Vocabulary – nouns, verbs, adjectives
Homonyms and homophones
and the list goes on….
Turn spelling lists into word games
All these concepts can be incorporated into puzzle games such as crossword puzzles. They can be designed any educational level which make them an ideal learning activity for students… children and adults! The fun doesn’t stop there. Puzzles are a very important part of lifelong learning, and are something the whole family can enjoy.