Kids' words won't go wong with these top 12 games
3 years ago
Laura Celada Quib.ly’s Editorial intern London, GB
We know. It’s got an “R” in it. But do your kids? These games, apps and actual games, will get them on the right side of words.
We’ve found several apps and board games that engage young children in Crossword and Scrabble type games. So make them the learning process a lot more fun. If you are looking for new ways to increase your kid vocabulary, try one of these. And watch their word knowledge or even yours go up.
1. Chicktionary [Egg pun alert] Lucky for parents and kids, this egg-citing app can provide linguistic fun for the whole family. Unscramble letters and find as many words as you can, and if you want to view their definition, just tap on them. This game is easy to crack with many levels, and play can be timed or untimed so the game can be shared between kids. Get your game on! Or are you too… chicken?
2. Word Science It was launched a few days ago and is becoming increasingly popular. It is a new app that puts a spin on a classic spelling game by making it a scientific, fast-paced and exciting experience. Players must spell words before time runs out or the lab’s power turns off. Happy spelling!
3. Bananagrams Do you love Scrabble? Or Words With Friends? But do you ever think they might be a little… slow and not very fruity? Then may we humbly introduce Bananagrams, a fast-paced word game with familiar-looking tiles that requires no pencil, paper or board. Like Scrabble, all the words have to connect to each other by sharing some letters, unlike scrabble, your words can be backwards, go up or go down, and the letters come in a pouch that is shaped like a banana. So why not make like a bananagram and SPLIT!
4. Bookworm Meet “Lex’ the bookworm This addictive challenging word game is not only fun enough to keep your child entertained and amused, but it can really encourage them to increase their vocabulary. Children link letters left, right, up, and down to build words to feed “Lex” the bookworm. The longer the word the higher the score.
5. Word Solitaire What happens if you mix card games and word games? You will get an addictive twist called Word Solitaire.The app game takes the familiar concept of ‘Solitaire’ and transforms it into something new and unique less crusty and more fun. On each level all you have to do is uncover all turned over cards and ensure that at the end you have a word in each column. So, for those who are learning to spell, it’ll be a delightfully entertaining diversion that just might teach them something without them realizing it.
6. Puzzle Juice As they say PuzzleJuice takes all of the elements of your favorite puzzle games and puts it into one convenient brightly colored package! This challenging app is a wonderful blend of Tetris and words that forces you to multitask like few puzzle games in recent memory. Multicolored blocks constantly fall from the top of the screen and it’s up to you to arrange them. Once you complete a row with these blocks they will turn into letters! Addictively fun!
7. The Opposites This educational app will attract the attraction of your children for the interesting world of antonyms. The Opposites consists of ten different levels, each stage with a corresponding level of vocabulary. The players have to match up pairs of opposing words to clear the space in increasingly difficult levels. The app also offers a dictionary option that provides definitions and antonyms in a kid-friendly format. Do you know what ‘efficient’ means?
8. Scrabble Have you ever imagined a word game that could teach math? Here it is. Each player must make the best use of 7 letter tiles drawn at random, taking turns to form words crossword-style across the playing board. Scores are given for letter values and are boosted by premium squares on the grid. Strategy, spelling, vocabulary, creativity, math and entertaining.
9. iSort Words The latest learning app for kids who love to swipe - and not just on the loo. This is the perfect tool for children to practice word families and understand how words are made. With several different games to play, kids sort words and phrases by parts of speech before time runs out. Parents also can hand over this app and be assured that their children are learning something from all that swiping.
10. Preposition Builder Frankly, most of us don’t quite get prepositions - but our kids do need to know! This app helps school aged kids to learn the correct use of prepositions and how they can change the meaning of a sentence. If the child chooses the wrong preposition it changes the picture to show the meaning of the one they picked. This gives the child instant feedback and they learn quicker.
11. Hangman It may not be as hip as the newest video game, but Hangman still remains an assured way to increase your child's vocabulary and interest them in reading and writing. The classic word game is more than a simple way to pass time on a long trip. It could be the perfect teacher to enforce spelling and grammar skills to your children. Just in case you didn’t know the rules: One player thinks of a word, phrase or sentence and the other tries to guess it by suggesting letters or numbers.
12. MindSnacks’ Kids Vocab This fabulous app makes it easy to learn essential vocab words with 9 challenging games kids love playing over and over again. Each game focuses on a different aspect of vocabulary building, creating a well-rounded learning experience that goes far beyond simple flashcards and word lists. It’s aimed at young students aged 7 to 12, promising that the app will adapt to your child’s ability.