Word Play

Playing with Words

Having fun with words begins at an early age and continues through the years. From Shakespeare’s quibbles to Twain’s colloquialisms, word play is an important part of language development at any age. Whether doing a crossword puzzle or continued…

All Ages Word Play

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Word Search Game Vocabulary Quiz

playing hangman, kids love increasing their vocabulary through fun word play games online.

Word play games are an excellent way to practice spelling, increase vocabulary and keep the mind sharp.

Classic solitaire word games such as scrambled words for kids and kids’ crossword puzzles are just as fun when playing them as word games online. The great thing about online word play games is that even classic one-on-one/partner word games such as the hangman word game can be played individually.

Whether teaching idioms or learning to alphabetize, online wordplay games are a fabulous way to have fun with words and do a little mental gymnastics all at once.

Although students will feel like they are playing, they are also improving their vocabulary and preparing for success in school. Research consistently shows the power of vocabulary in determining academic destiny. Students with weak vocabularies tend to decline academically, while students with stronger vocabularies tend to learn faster.

The National Research Council reported in a 1998 study that in fourth grade, 70 percent of the reading comprehension problem is students’ lack of vocabulary. Teachers can foster better vocabulary retention in their students by assigning engaging vocabulary activities that allow students to hear, say, read, write, and play with their words. There are excellent resources available that implement best practices for vocabulary instruction, including daily practice, strategic word selection, audio support, and immediate feedback.

Vocabulary games are a great way for kids to get in extra daily word practice that engages all the senses and provides feedback. Teachers can choose which words the games use, ensuring strategic word selection.

If you’re looking for other games to play to build literacy visit this list of fun word games.