Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Word Games for Kids (with free printables!)
Boo has long loved word games. Crossword puzzles, word searches, scrambles - bring it on! Yesterday he came home from school all excited to show me two new word games they learned at school - word poles and word strings.
With word strings you start by writing down any word, and then continuing in a line, writing a new word that begins with the last letter of the first word. And so on. Word poles involve clues. You get a series of clues for words running horizontally. Those words are stacked in such a way that a vertical column of letters running through them gives you a word that answers another clue. So my kid comes home after a full day at school and proceeds to do both of these activities with me, including creating a word pole for me to solve.
It's like he doesn't even realise this is educational.
And that's the whole point isn't it? All of these word-based activities serve to increase vocabulary and improve spelling skills. But they are also fun. It's a win-win all around!
There are plenty of websites where you can find word games for your kids. A few we like are:
FunBrain.com (scrambles, word search, spelling and grammar games and more)
Learning Games for Kids.com (word searches, hangman, scrambles)
KnowledgeAdventure.com has some fun word games, but they aren't organised very well. There's mixing with math and other games.
TheKidzPage.com (crosswords, bouncing letters, word search, scrambles, and more)
No Time for Flash Cards has ideas for word games you can play offline that combine an arts & crafts component to get your game set up
A couple of weeks ago I decided I'd put together a Hallowe'en themed word search for Boo. He loved it! In fact he was so into the idea that we could make our own word searches, he decided to do one himself, with a fall theme. I helped him set up the table for the letters in Word and he did the rest. We even copied his word search to share with his classmates. And we want to share both of these with you too! You can download and print our Word Search games at the following links:
Hallowe'en Word Search
Fall Word Search
Hope you enjoy!
We did ours manually, but if you or your kids would like to create printable or online word searches of your own, check out the tool at FunBrain.com. You choose from a list of easy to difficult options, submit your words, and the site hides them in a letter grid for you. Have fun!