How many words are in your vocabulary? Do you know how to use them in the right context? How good is your spelling? Do you know your ‘there, their and they’re’?
If you’d like to improve either your vocab or spelling (or even both), a fun way is through word games — both the ‘old-fashioned’ variety board games, and the electronic versions.
One of the most iconic word games in the world is Scrabble. In this game, first released in 1938 , players use letter tiles to form words on a grid. Each letter is assigned a certain number of points, and the aim of the game is to score as many points as possible.
A relative of Scrabble, Upwords allows you to stack letters on top of existing words to create new ones.
Another great game is Scattergories. This is a creative thinking game where players list as many words as they can within a certain category, beginning with a particular letter, within a time limit.
If you want to continue to use your creative thinking skills and develop your vocabulary even further, play a game of Taboo. The aim is for a player to give clues in order to have their partner guess a particular word, without using the word itself, or other words typically associated with that word in question.
For those of you who love learning new meanings of words, then Balderdash can be great fun. The aim of the game is to win as many points as possible by listing definitions of obscure words. If you know the correct definition, you are awarded points, and if other players choose your definition as being the correct one (even if it’s incorrect), you also are awarded points.
For a fast-paced, quick-thinking game of words, why not try Bananagrams? It’s similar to Scrabble in that there are lettered tiles. However, everyone makes words at the same time with the objective to create a word grid (like a crossword) before anyone else can.
Another quick-moving game is Boggle. Players compete to find as many words as possible in a 4 x 4 grid, with a three-minute time limit.
There is a myriad of online word games, some of them versions of the games listed above. But perhaps one of the most popular is Words With Friends. Modelled on the game of Scrabble, you compete against online players to create words on a grid.
If you’re looking for a game you can play on your own, there are a couple of options. In the game of WordBrain, you move your way through increasingly difficult word puzzles.
Another game to play by your self is Bonza. This word puzzle game requires players to assemble a variety of crossword-style letter tiles, so they make a full word grid.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced game, try Scramble. The aim is to find as many words as you can on the grid of mixed up letters before the timer runs out.
Finally, 7 Little Words is a series of word puzzles you need to solve, with each puzzle containing a list of 7 words you need to find. You are provided a clue for every word you need to find.
And if you like using a pen and paper, don’t forget crosswords.
By no means is the above list an exhaustive one. But if you’re new to the world of word games, why not give them a try. Not only will you have fun, but you’ll be improving your spelling and vocabulary at the same time!
If you have any favourite word games you play, comment below. I’d love to try something new.