Category Archives -Improve Language and Literacy Skills

If you have school-age children, crosswords and other types of puzzle games are great activities to supplement with their regular schoolwork.  They don’t have to stop learning just because they have come home.  If you have several children at school,  having a spelling bee around the dinner table is a great idea! You can choose to practise the spelling words Read more…

Share Your Knowledge With Your Grandchildren To Help Their Education It is a wonderful thing when a grandparent can be involved in their grandchild’s educational development.  And playing games is a great to do this.  All four of my grandparents encouraged my sister, brother and I to play games and puzzles.  They were activities that helped build our thinking and Read more…

Spelling bees are a great educational tool to help children boost their vocabulary and general knowledge.  In many ways they are just like a puzzle game that needs to be solved.  They are fun, but they can also be a daunting experience.  Simply standing in front of an audience (even if it is classmates) can be a scary thing to Read more…

One of the wonderful things about the English language is that short words can be found hiding in longer words, and often they bear no relation whatsoever.  It has given us an idea for a new Clue Detective word building game.   We have called it Quintain.  You may be wondering why we are calling it Quintain.  Well as you know, we are always Read more…

Word  puzzle games are great to incorporate in a child’s education.  Popular games include easy crossword puzzles and word searches and many others. These can become more complex as they grow and develop their thinking, and behavioural patterns. Puzzles Help Kids Learn Puzzles are not only fun, but they help children with reading, comprehension, logic, as well as expanding their Read more…

Some time ago, I was at the hairdressers and we started to talk about crosswords.  My hairdresser was telling me that when she started work she started to solve crosswords to pass the time travelling to and fro, and during lunch breaks.  She used her trusty dictionary and thesaurus, and found that by using them to solve the puzzle they improved Read more…

When I was a child, my grandmother introduced my sister, brother and I to a great word building game.  It is called The Librarian’s Cat.  I would like to share it with you.  If you are looking for word puzzle games to play with your kids, then this it. Kids don’t have to have all the fun, adults can also Read more…

Codewords are crosswords without written clues.  You are provided with a grid, and each square contains a number 1 to 26 (ie. the letters of the alphabet).   You are given a small number of letters to start you off.  Your challenge is to study the numerical patterns in the grid, and using your literacy and logic skills, crack the inbuilt Read more…