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Word Fun for Kids (via websites, apps and paper!)

Here are some word games suitable for children in primary/elementary school, and above. I have written about many of these at The Book Chook. Word games are a wonderful way to have fun with your kids while sneaking a little literacy into their lives.


Word and Image Puzzles for Kids

What are some fun word and image puzzles for kids, and how can kids make their own puzzles? Read more at The Book Chook.

Book Chook Favourites - Word Game Apps

"I love word games, so I’ve continued searching for enjoyable ones. Here are my favourite word game apps that I play over and over on iPad. I’m recommending these for adults and perhaps teens to play alone, but younger kids might enjoy playing with parental help. " Read more at The Book Chook.

Messing About with Words to Increase Literacy

"Here are some activities we can use to encourage kids to play with language, develop their literacy skills, and have fun. All can be used by a parent, or adapted for the classroom." Read more at The Book Chook.

Encourage Children's Literacy by Word Collecting

"One of the biggest favours we can do our kids is to develop an appreciation for words in them. Activities that do this can be as simple as sharing a song, joke, chant or nursery rhyme. Or why not include more focussed language activities where kids become Word Collectors? Here are some ideas you might like to implement with your students/children:" Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s iPad Story App, The Big Word Factory

"How clever of the developers to build in activities that focus on playing with words and the fun that can be! For instance, kids can experiment with sorting words, putting syllables together to make whole words, or listening to and reading silly words, obsolete words, even bad words (like dog poo!)" Read my whole review at The Book Chook.

10 Fun Word Challenges for Kids

"7. Hink Pink is a great word game. One person thinks of two single syllable rhyming words, like fat cat. She works out a clue that should lead to the answer "fat cat". One clue could be "an obese mouse-catcher" or "a pet that eats too much”. The guesser tries to work out what the two rhyming words are.

Here are some Hink Pinks for you to solve.

A sad kanga:
A shivering raven with white feathers:
My brother sat on my cap:
Alligator’s cousin, made of stone:

Now try some of your own!" Read more at The Book Chook.

Children's iPad App, Peek-a-Word

Here's a really simple iPad word game app for young kids - Peek-a-Word: A Game for Developing Observation Skills. From the developer: An entertaining game that helps young children develop observation skills, improve visual perception and learn animals and languages.

Read more at The Book Chook.

Word Games for Kids - KeyMaba

Description of the game Keymaba Lite that you can play at the developer's website.
Very fast so more suitable for teens.

Secret Codes and Language Games for Kids

Do you have children or students who want to be cryptographers (i.e. those who study techniques for keeping messages secret)? Maybe you know youngsters who want to drive an elder sibling crazy by writing notes they can't read, or have passers-by look askance as they communicate fluently (and loudly!) Check out my resources for involving kids in secret code activities and games at the Book Chook.

Fun With Words - Spell with Flickr

Spell with Flickr is a simple way to focus on visual literacy. Once you follow the link, just type a word into the box marked "spell". Press the "spell" button and it grabs images from Flickr to represent each letter you typed. Or simply click on it to change it. Read more at The Book Chook.

Book Chook Favourites - Word Play

Here are some favourite creative online platforms for playing with words. Of course, there are many, many word games online, but today I concentrate on those that are something more than just an electronic version of a pencil and paper game. Read more at The Book Chook.

Word Fun at Only Connect

My adaptation of BBC game, Only Connect, to make it more suited to children. Kids might need some help with this one, but I think it would be fun, and a tremendous learning experience, to involve them in trying to work out where the clues lead. Read more at the Book Chook.

Fun Word Games for Kids

These word games involve kids in spelling and word making activities that will help their literacy skills. Read more at The Book Chook.

Children's iPad App, Wee Kids Word Games

I love to find puzzle game apps for kids. Games that sneak a little learning into kids' lives are a wonderful idea. It's also great to find apps that can be used productively in an educational setting. Wee Kids Word Games could be useful for children 5+. Read more:

Word Game iPad App, Anagram Twist

The full name of this app is Anagram Twist - Jumble and Unscramble Text. As the name suggests, it's a word game where you need to use the given letters to create new words. Read more at The Book Chook.(

Children's iPad App, SparkleFish

Like a digital version of Mad-Libs, SparkleFish is an iPad app that leads kids to have fun with words and even start their own stories. Read more at The Book Chook. (

Children's iPad App, Shake-a-Phrase

Shake-a-Phrase is a fun language app for creative writing prompts, vocabulary, and parts of speech practice. Read more at The Book Chook. (