Some puzzles require a high level of English, while others simply demand a strong sense of logic. In either case, students of all ages and levels enjoy putting their language skills to use by solving these challenging word puzzles.
Many word puzzles help to develop the skills of your child in terms of verbal reasoning, vocabulary, problem-solving, spelling, grammar, and memory. The more your child practices these skills, the faster they will become in solving questions related to it in a good time.
The objective of the session:
1. They help with spelling
Word games can help to reinforce spellings in your child’s mind, particularly in the case of puzzles, where it’s crucial to spell linked words correctly to be able to complete the task.
2. They make the child work faster
Word puzzles help to improve children’s processing speed, so they are able to arrive at the correct answer, faster. Even very bright children can sometimes be slow at processing, but it can be improved with practice. And practicing through word puzzles doesn’t just help with literacy: it's also beneficial to other classroom tasks that require quick thinking, such as mental maths.
3. They boost working memory
Working memory is the ‘conductor’ of the memory system, helping both long-term and short-term memory to work together. Word puzzles such as crosswords and logic problems, where your child has to access vocabulary and definitions from memory, can help to improve working memory, which, in turn, can have a knock-on effect on learning and achievement.
4. They extend vocabulary
The more words your child encounters and understands, the broader their day-to-day vocabulary will become. Word puzzles are a great way to increase your child’s exposure to old and new vocabulary, and to think about the different definitions of words, especially if you encourage them to use a dictionary to look up any words they're unsure of.
5. They encourage problem-solving
Many word puzzles require not just a good vocabulary and a knack for spelling, but the ability to think logically and strategically. Children often start out thinking that they can’t possibly tackle a problem, but by the time they’ve solved three or four clues, they’ve tuned in to what’s required. It encourages them to think outside the box.
6. They’re good for competitive kids
Whether your child is racing his classmates to see who can solve a puzzle fastest, word puzzles can encourage a healthy sense of competition, and provide an incentive for children who struggle with motivation. Children tend to like puzzles that have a competitive element, and trying, failing and trying again is also a good way to build up resilience and sportsmanship.
Fun activities to teach word puzzle:
Our missing letter activities help kids develop their spelling skills. In these sessions, students must fill in missing letters to spell a word correctly according to its accompanying picture. When the students start enjoying this activity, our teachers give them extra practice by playing additional word games.
Fun, interactive, great tools for learning. Who doesn't like to play classroom games? Here are some ideas to inspire young learners.
The activities/games focus on spelling, writing, and vocabulary building. They require minimal preparation and can be used just to practice any vocabulary.
1. Race to Solve the Puzzle
Before class, prepare a list of puzzles. Depending on the level of your class, decide whether you want to use puzzles using simple or advanced English. You can even start with simple ones, then add more challenging ones later in the activity to get your students thinking.
Begin the activity by dividing the class into small groups, then give each group a worksheet with the riddles you selected. The groups must race against each other to answer all of the riddles correctly.
When a group thinks they’ve successfully answered all, they raise their hand. The first group to answer all riddles correctly wins the exercise.
Write your vocabulary words in capital letters on the board.
Each word is missing one letter (for example, the first or the last letter). The educators ask students to complete the words with the missing letters.
This can be played in groups or as a class. Our educators make it harder by limiting the time the kids have to guess.
Riddles encourage students to think critically and work as a team, where they must practice their English together in order to communicate their ideas, theories and solutions.
You can pick and choose riddles to focus on different aspects of English. For example, some riddles may use the vocabulary you wish to review with your students. You can also use riddles to introduce new vocabulary in a fun and engaging way.
Riddles can also be useful for pronunciation, spelling, rhyming, or even teaching English idioms.