Updated: Jan 28
I’ve been seeing a lot of coloured squares popping up on social media sites, and discovered the Wordle game. If you’ve not seen Wordle online, the rules are to find a five letter word in six guesses. The Wordle app gives clues on which letters in the alphabet are included in the answer. Learning how to play Wordle and solving the daily puzzles for myself got me thinking about why word puzzles and games are good for children to do.
Improved spelling and vocabulary - word searches and crosswords are great for this.
Encourages problem-solving and quick thinking - board games like Scrabble and Boggle were my favourites growing up.
Boosts memory - car games like Eye Spy and I Went to the Shops and Bought are easy and entertaining.
Promotes cooperation and interaction - working in teams for hangman or any other word game means working together to find the answer.
It doesn’t matter what form these puzzles and games are in (free online word games, puzzle apps, board games, or pencil and paper), there are a number of ways in which they can enhance learning. In addition, many of them are free or very cheap, and anyone can get involved.