Best fun words games for kids
If you enjoyed the parts of speech games, then you are definitely going to love this post on fun word games.
Word games are really great because they help children focus on sounds and letters, and develop the skills they need for reading, writing, and spelling. By playing word games with our kids, we give them the benefit of our company, as well as demonstrating to them that playing with words can be lots of fun.
Here is a list of fun word games for kids to help improve children’s spelling, reading, and vocabulary. We highly recommend that your preferences should include word games that encourage conversation and early literacy that you can play on the spot or prepare yourself with just some paper and pencil, which is why most of these games are fun word games for middle school. This ensures that there is fun for all.
Fun Word Games To Play
Some of these games are purchasable and you need to get to the store to play them. However some of the others are activity games that you can play with the most minimal equipment.
Hang Man – This is probably one of the most famous word games for kids. One player thinks of a word and the second Player has to guess it before they get “hung.”
Player 1 writes spaces for letters on the page so they know how many letters there are in the word. Player 2 proceeds to choose a letter they think may be in the word. If it is correct Player 1 writes the letter down where it goes. If it is incorrect Player 1 draws part of the “hangman”. If the drawing is complete by the time Player 2 guesses, then Player 1 wins. The beauty of hangman is that you can play it as a virtual and also with just a pen and pieces of paper.
I spy – A really easy and fun word game for kids is I spy. You don’t need anything for this game except your imagination. Player 1 thinks of a word and tells the others the first letter. “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with __” The other players need to guess the word. Whoever wins gets to be the spy! This is a really great car game for kids too and helps to build vocabulary. Children of almost any age can play.
Bingo – Such an easy word game to prepare for kids. There are some really good versions on online stores, such as Amazon. You can purchase the game, or use it as an example to make your own. You can do this by simply drawing a square grid on a page and choose a theme. Write out some words using the theme. Examples are, beach: swimming, sand castles, water, sea shells, dolphin, sunbeds, picnic etc. Make an extra copy of the words ensuring there are a few extra than the amount on the page. Cut them up into squares and put in a bowl scrunched up. Take turns in pulling out a word and reading it out loud, then finding it on your page. The first person to find all of the words calls out ‘Bingo’ and is the winner. This fun word game for kids helps with reading and talking aloud.
Word Family Game – This game requires children to rhyme. Select one word and everyone needs to write as many words as they can that rhyme with that word. Eg. If the word is “Cat”, answers could be: hat, bat, rat, sat etc. This is a great word game to help build kids vocabulary and help their language skills.
Word Search – Another fun but challenging word game for kids is a word search. Draw a grid of 10 x 10 squares and place as many words as you can within the grid. Words can go up, down, or diagonal, and letters can overlap to be used more than once. Create a list on the side or bottom of the page of the words you have entered. Then once you cannot fit anymore words in, fill the blank boxes with random letters. Kids will need to find the words as quick as possible. This can be a fun word game to do individually or as a team. For kids who like to compete, you can make identical grids and see who finishes first. This word game encourages persistence and helps to improve their literacy skills.
Unscramble the words – this is A simple word game for children that will get them really thinking! Write a list of words down on paper but scramble the letter order while writing. Kids will need to look at the letters and try to work out what the word is and guess it. This can be quite a competitive word game, but it helps to really get their mind ticking.
Categories – While this is also an official board game, you can also make it yourself quite easily. Each player has a piece of paper and pencil. Select as many categories as you want or can. These can be anything you like but remember they should be popular enough that you can guess something with most letters. Eg. Country, Movie, Body Part, Actor or Actress etc. Once you have your categories it is time to choose a letter. Without a dice, the easiest way is to write the letters randomly on a piece of paper. Then one person closes their eyes and points to a letter. When the letter has been chosen, players have 2 minutes to fill in the gaps with something in each category starting with that letter. The Winner is the one with the most filled in at the end, or the first to finish. This is a really fun and competitive word game for kids that helps to improve their vocabulary, spelling, and conversation skills.
I am going on a picnic – this is A great game to help with your child’s memory and to get them talking. One person starts and says “I am going on a picnic and I will bring some… fruit”. The next person says what the first person said, and adds something of their own. “I am going on a picnic and I will bring some fruit, and some sandwiches. The next person says what the first, and second person said, and adds something of their own. “I am going on a picnic and I will bring some fruit, some sandwiches and some ice-cream. You continue on and on and it gets more difficult to remember everything. We usually can get to at least seven or eight, and surprisingly my pre-schooler can often remember more than me! This conversational game helps with memory, and also learning new vocabulary.
Story prompts – This word game involves making up a story by taking turns in saying sentences. One person starts the story, and says the first sentence. The second person continues the story with another sentence, and so on. The stories can become very interesting as each person has different ideas. Bilingual flashcards are great for this or you can find a great version online. This conversation activity helps kid’s imagination, as well as building their vocabulary.
Rhyming Animals – Give kids a rhyme and have them come up with the animal, food, or place that’s on your mind. For example: “I rhyme with new. I am a (zoo).” I rhyme with log. I am a (frog).” “I rhyme with make. I am a (cake).”
Word Hunting – Perfect for kids who are practicing their alphabet skills, this game is all about collecting words you see around you. Give your children a notebook of “tasks” to fulfill, or words to find, as they look at their surroundings, such as “words that begin with D.” Encourage your kids to write down the letters in the words they see, then read the words aloud back to them. For children who’ve started reading, make it more complex with specific tasks like “words on restaurant signs” or “words with double letters,” and prompt them to read the words aloud on their own. Another great game for car rides.
One Letter Change-Up – This is great for school-age kids. Find a short word, four or five letters, and let kids come up with as many words as they can by changing one letter at a time (set a timer). For example: park – dark – dare – mare – mark – bark – bare – bars – bags – bogs – logs – legs – less (and so on).
Big Words, Little Words – Also known as words within a word. This word game helps kids to learn big words as well as practice remembering the ones they knew before or even ones they were not aware of.
Here’s how you play it. Write a big word on a piece of paper, a really long word with at least 8-10 letters. The longer the better. It doesn’t matter so much that kids know it, as it does that it has a nice collection of letters. The aim of this word game is for kids to try to make a list of small words out of the letters of the long word
Give your child a time span (a minute or two) to write down all the smaller words they can make from that big word. So for example the word COMPUTER includes: put, cot, term, core, mop, top, pet. Etc. This is a really fun word game to help children’s spelling skills. This is a great one for would-be Scrabble champs too. Parents, go ahead and play too!
Call My Bluff – Excellent for groups of older kids, this game is based on an old British game show and can be fun at sleepovers or playdates. Divide kids into teams and give each team a list of words that might be somewhat unfamiliar (but are still common enough to be useful). Then, have teams look up the words and write down the real meaning, as well as two alternate ones. For a word like “baffled” the definitions might look like this: a) Bewildered or confused; b) Unable to catch a ball; or c) To be built on the side of a hill. The other team must guess the right definition to get a point; otherwise, the point goes to the inventors of the false definition that fooled their opponents. The trick to these activities is that they work best when you’re not focusing too much on the end game. Instead of checking sight words off a list or worrying about reading levels, just enjoy some silliness and know you’re inspiring an appreciation for words and language.
The Prime Minister’s Cat – Start with A and work your way through the alphabet using an adjective beginning with a different letter each time. For example, the first person might say “The Prime Minister’s cat is an angry cat,” and the second person would respond, “The Prime Minister’s cat is a beautiful cat.” See how far you can get.
Aunt Annie’s Holiday – Another alphabet game, this one also tests your child’s memory skills. The first person says: “My Aunt Annie went on a holiday and brought back [something that starts with A — let’s say an apple].” The next person says: “My Aunt Annie went on a holiday and brought back an apple and a brick.” And so on.
Questions – Pick a topic or a “scene” (for example, two teachers supervising the kids at recess) and start acting it out with each person taking a turn to say a line. The catch: Each person has to ask a question. For example: The first person says, “When is recess over?” The second person says: “Why do you want to know?” The first says: “Do I have time to go to the bathroom?” and so on. Another variation on this game is to pick a number and allow only sentences with that number of words, rather than questions. So if the number is 3, A might say, “Recess over soon?” and B might reply, “Check your watch”.
The Name Game – in this game the aim is to Have each child write their name, one letter per line, down the left-hand side of the paper. Then use each letter as the initial letter of an adjective or phrase to describe them. Alternatively, the letters can become the initial letters of words in a sentence. So Daniel might write: daring, adventurous, nice, intelligent, extra-strong, likes spaghetti in the first version, or Daring anything new, I eagerly leap.
Change a Letter – The first person starts off by writing down a word of between three and six letters. The next person tries to change one letter to make a new word. The next person (or the first person again) tries to change one letter to make a different word, and so on until no more words can be made. For example: games, gates, mates, mites.
Licence Plate Phrases – this is an exceptionally fun game to play while you are on the road and are looking to entertain the kids, especially if the trip is going to be a long, long one. While on a road trip, give each child a piece of paper, and have them write down the letters only from, for example, five licence plates they see around them. They have to then use those letters in order, as the first letters of the words in a short (and ideally funny) phrase or sentence. For example, if the licence is AAYC 665, you write down AAYC and the phrase you could get might be: alligators avoid yellow cars. The only snag to this game is that it requires a lot of cars if you are going to be playing for a long time.
Guess the animal – Give children a rhyming word and have them guess the animal. “I rhyme with mat. I am a …”
Make a word – If you have plastic letters, magnet letters, or letter blocks, you can play this as soon as your child is old enough to spell. Play it mentally with older kids, or with paper and pencil. Simply give your children some letters and challenge them to make words from those letters. Great beginning for board games like Scrabble.
Hink Pink – Kids adore this game! One person thinks of two-single syllable rhyming words, like fat cat. She works out a clue that should lead (eventually!) to the answer “fat cat.” One clue could be “an obese mouse-catcher” or “a pet that eats too much,” depending on the age of the guesser. The guesser tries to work out what the two rhyming words are. The game can be extended to Hinky Pinky (two syllable rhyming words), like happy chappy = “joyful fellow.” Or Hinketty Pinketty (three syllable rhyming words, much harder), like mellower bellower = “less angry bull.” Mix and match with Hinky Pinketty or Hinketty Pink! Here are some Hink Pinks you can use to get you and your child started.
Clues 1. seafood platter 2. huge oinker 3. head cover that’s been squashed by a truck 4. warmed up joint between two ropes 5. Rained-on puppy
Answers 1. fish dish 2. big pig 3. flat hat 4. hot knot 5. wet pet
If your child has trouble working out how many syllables are in a word, play a game where you tap the syllables on her arm as you slowly say the word: “butt(tap)-er (tap)-fly(tap).” Or march and dance the words, making strong body movements for each syllable. There is nothing more joyous than the sight and sound of 30 youngsters marching about, chanting the syllables in given words! Once older kids are used to the game, it can provide a lead-in to crossword puzzles, and then cryptic crossword puzzles. All of these word games are great for developing thinking skills, as well as giving the whole family a way of celebrating the joy of language.
Word Game: this game might be familiar to a lot of people, even if the name is not really popular. One person, A, thinks of a five-letter word. A tells B the first letter of the word. B makes guesses at the word and finds out if letters are correct and in the correct place, correct but in the wrong place, or not correct at all. B gets five chances to guess the word. Here’s an example. A – My five-letter word starts with D. B – Is it drive? A – It’s not drive. There are no correct letters. B – Is it donut? A – It’s not donut. The N is correct and in the right place. The U is correct but in the wrong place. B – Is it dummy? A – It’s not dummy. The U is correct and in the right place, the N is correct and in the right place. B – Is it dunks? A – Yes! That’s it. The word is dunks. This game is much easier if you use pencil and paper to keep a record. But doing it mentally is very good memory training! Our family tends to play for fun, but you can keep a running score if you want – the guesser gets 5 points for guessing the word first go, four for guessing on the second go, three for third, two for fourth, one for fifth, and none for missing the word in five guesses. Try four-letter words with younger kids.
Of course this list would not be complete without the addition of online games. So far, for the purpose of the kids we are considering, http://www.wordgametime.com/word-games has the best lineup of online word games for kids, and they are grouped by age and class grade so you can monitor the difficulty while your kids still have fun.
Also, you can check out https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/word-games . This site has lots of great word games for you and your kids to play. You can choose from lots of different topics and have fun playing games and learning English at the same time. You can also post comments!
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Best rhyming words games
EVERYONE likes rhymes,
Everyone likes to rhyme, sometimes at all times. There’s just something about it; rhyming,
That in the end leaves you smiling.
You may not even realise it, but rhyming is a super skill builder; especially for kids. What’s more interesting is that it’s an activity that you can set up for just about any kid of any age. Some adults may even find a lot of fun in rhyming words games.
The best part about rhyming is that it is an activity you can squeeze into just about any time frame. It doesn’t use up much energy, so it’s just good old fun you can poke at during any time. Whether you’re pressed for time, or you have way too much of it, it’s always a good time to rhyme.
The word ‘game’ is an interesting word. It has many meanings; it could be an activity that one engages in for fun such as in a football game or basketball game, being willing or eager to do something, animals hunted for meat, and many other definitions. Whatever your pick is, finding words that rhyme with game over and words that rhyme with game boy is especially an interesting one to rhyme with. If you’re interested in more word games, you can check out this post on context clues games.
Here are the best words that rhyme with game list
Words With One Syllable:
Words With Two Syllables:
Words With Three Syllables:
These words make for a perfect rhyme with the word ‘game’. If you’re writing a poem, or playing a game like Rhyming Challenge, you have a full list of words to ensure you come out tops and aren’t lost for words.
Top 3 Unscramble words games online
Words are absolute fun, and there’s no doubt about it. One of the best ways to have fun with words is to unscramble them. The best part about Words games is the fact that they are enjoyable. This is usually because they are simple, and not hard to figure out. There is an almost infinite number and variety of word games. You could either be trying to find words within a massive jumble of letters, tasked with unscrambling anagrams, or spend time trying to fill in crossword puzzles. All of these regular word game experiences can be found alongside some rather unique and tasking ones as well. There are indeed quite a few options. Unfortunately, however, a lot of these games are just simply basic copies of one another and do not really deliver good and actual content. Because we want the best for you, we’ve sieved through the list to find the top 3 unscramble word games online free and Unscramble Word games cheat for you. You don’t have to really take our word for it alone, you can try these games and judge for yourself! Here’s our top 3 list of the best word games, word puzzle games, and word search learning games for adults.
Here are the top 3 unscramble words games
Price: Free to play
Word Yard is a rather simple word game. It’s kind of a mix between Boggle and crossword puzzle. In the game, you are given a series of letters and you are to fill in the crossword section above. The game features hundreds of levels that get more difficult as you go. There are no time limits and it boasts support for dozens of languages, full offline support, and more. What’s more, the game is also very kid-friendly because a lot of the early puzzles are ridiculously easy. The only downside is that if you are one of those looking for a serious challenge, you may not find this game difficult for your needs. It’s not all bad, though.
Word Search by Melimots
Price: Free (with ads)
Word Search by Melimots is just a simple, basic word search game. With all the hybrid word games out there complicating things, Word Search by Melimots is the savior if you’re into games that offer a good, simple, free word search game. Each word in Word Search has its own highlight color and you can customize the size of the font in case you want it larger or smaller. The game also keeps track of your highest scores if you want to see those later. We mentioned that there are ads likely to pop up but even those aren’t too bad.
Price: Free to play
Wordscapes is another kind of a cross between Boggle and a crossword puzzle. Players get a mix of letters on the bottom of the screen and a crossword style layout at the top. You swipe letters to form words that fill in the crossword section. Your goal is to find all of the words that fit rather than finding every single word. The game includes over 5,000 puzzles (many with themes), simple mechanics, and a couple of different game modes.
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5 Best Words association games for your kids
Word Association Games are fun word games designed to make you enjoy words. They are fun and cool learning tools to help you master words.
How well do you know your vocabulary? They contain interesting activities targeted at improving your vocabulary. There are word association games for adults and kids.
How well do you know words? Can you guess the right word from several clues? Word Association Games for seniors are great for exercising your mental learning and thinking capacity. You can learn more about the English Language from these games.
Here are five of the best word association games your kids can play at their leisure periods. They are all word association games online for kids. You can download the apps on the Google Play Store for Android users or Apple Store for iPhone users.
1. Guess the Word Game
This is an easy to play word associate game for kids. The game provides you five clues to use to guess the missing word. The reviews of this game are encouraging, many users gave it the highest rating score.
It has 1280 levels!
Almond Studio Word Games are the makers of this game. It has an impressive rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars on Google Play Store. You can also download it from the Apple App Store.
It is an editor’s choice word game. It has over a million-plus download on Google Play Store.
The app is fun and easy to use. It is also a suitable word association game for seniors.
2. Word to Word: Word Association Game
This is a fun game that puts your brain and mastery of the English language to test. It is an offline game; kids do not need an internet connection to play.
This word association game is the total package. It has idioms challenges, trivia games, anagrams, and exciting crossword puzzles.
MochiBits, LLC are the creators of this game. You can download it from an iPhone (Apple App Store) or Android (Google Play Store) device. It has an impressive review rating of 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 7 thousand users on Google Play Store. It records 4.6 ratings from Apple App Store. Many find it to be a challenging, educative, and great brain game.
3. 7 Little Words: Amazing Word Association Game
This is another fun word association game that is available in both Google Play and Apple App stores. If you love a brainteaser word game, you will love this game. Solve the word puzzle with 7 little clues, 7 mystery words, and 20-word tiles.
This game is for lovers of word puzzles, trivia, and crosswords.
Blue Ox Family Games, Inc are the makers of this game.
It enjoys a high rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Over 130 thousand users have reviewed the game. It also has one million-plus download on Google Play Store.
4. 3 Circles: Exciting Word Association Game
This is an interesting word associate game. It involves using three pictures to find the three missing words to advance to the next level. Find the word that unites the three pictures.
This is a game created by Second Gear Games. You can download it as an Android (Google Play Store) or iPhone (Apple App Store) user.
It has a rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 stars from 3 thousand plus reviews. The download count for the game stands at 100 thousand plus.
5. Pictoword: Popular Word Association Game
This is a popular and exciting word association game for adults and kids. It is an offline game.
Kooapps Games are the makers of the game. It is available for Google Play Star and Apple App Store.
Train your kid’s brain with this exciting picture and word guessing challenges. It is an addictive word association game for all. Invite your friends to enjoy this game with you.
The game has a high rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 stars from over 666 thousand reviews. It is the most popular word association game on our list, it has 10 million-plus downloads. We saved the best for the last.
Word Association games are cool games kids can enjoy playing with their peers. It is an excellent brain teaser. It improves their logical reasoning and thinking capacity.
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Free Parts of speech games online
Learning about nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections can seem boring to kids. Actually, most times all learning can seem boring to kids. However parts of speech are important as learning about them is one of those basic skills anyone would need if they were to master grammar, but it doesn’t always seem like much fun. Not to worry though, there are plenty of engaging parts of speech activities out there to try to get your kids really interested. Here are some of our favorite parts of speech games online in this parts of speech games PDF printable
These games can be played by anyone, and can also be used as parts of speech games for high school.
While you’re at it, you can introduce your kids to other word games and activities like these Fun word games .
- Coloring A Picture With Parts of Speech
Kids love to color, and that’s probably why coloring pages are really popular parts of kids’ activities, and you can find just about any coloring page you need with hundreds of them available online. Try this one for parts of speech at free at www.aworldoflanguagelearners.com
- Play Bingo With Parts Of Speech
Bingo is a game not just for old people at old people’s homes, apparently! Anyone can play bingo, and it’s actually quite exciting. You can introduce your kids to parts of speech through this free printable bingo game. You could also use it with vocabulary or spelling words, or for words from other subjects too!
- Use parts of speech clip cards.
Parts of speech activities like this one are perfect for independent learning centers. Visit this link for a free printable set of cards. www.aworldoflanguagelearners.com
- Sentence Dressup with Parts of Speech
Dress up a sentence. This involves taking a very basic sentence, basic enough for your kids to understand, and then dress it up using various parts of speech. This activity emphasizes practical application, and your kids will love it. Practice really does make perfect. You can find examples of this at https://www.teachstarter.com/us/teaching-resource/dressing-sentence-activity-us/
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5 Best context clues games for practice
How many times has the meaning of a word flown right over your head? Is it in a song? A book? A poem? Or just simply conversations with people?
One of the biggest challenges of English Vocabulary has to be context, but we’re here to solve that problem. Here we give simple and easy activities to help develop the ability to use the context of an unfamiliar word—i.e. the text surrounding it—as a clue to the word’s meaning.
These context clues games online and activities can work as context clues games for 5th grade and context clues games for 4th grade. They can also work for adults too. If you need more activities that adults can participate in, check out these Learning games for adults.
- Make it a game – Whenever you are reading to – or with – your child, start the session by saying, “We are going on a treasure hunt!” Explain that while reading, your child will come across words she doesn’t know. Then go on to explain that whenever an unknown word shows up, they’ll know the game is about to begin. Tell them that the treasure you are seeking is the meaning of that unknown word, and the clues to that treasure are right there in the sentence where they found the word. You may have to take them through the process step by step at first, perhaps even finding the “clues” yourself and pointing out how you can define the unknown word using them. Once they get the idea, however, let them seek – and find! – those treasures on their own.
- Use it every day – Reading material literally surrounds all of us every day. On the Internet. On cereal boxes. On advertisements plastered on the side of the bus. Use these moments to discuss context clues. Point out a sign, for example, that has a word you suspect your child doesn’t know. Let them read the sentence or phrase. Then encourage them to guess at the unknown word’s meaning. You can even point out that the pictures on the sign or cereal box give us some hints at the word’s meaning, as well.
- Make use of substitutions – When learning to use context clues – especially early in the learning process – you can use reading material that your child already knows well. A favorite bedtime story is a good place to start. Pick one that your child has heard many times. Now choose a sentence in that story and take one word out as you read it and substitute an appropriate replacement word. Choose a word that your child doesn’t know yet. For example, put a word like “azure” in for the word “blue.” Or use “exhausted” instead of “tired.” Then ask your child what this new and unknown word means. Since they have heard the story before and knows what word belongs in that sentence, it should be easy for them to guess at the new word’s meaning. When they do guess correctly, point out to them that they didn’t know that word before, but hearing it in a sentence allowed them to make a correct guess.
- Buy a game – There are some really great games out there that can help kids practice using context clues. Some of them are so artfully designed that they really do seem like a game, not just grammar practice in disguise. One of them, “Hidden Hints,” uses the theme of solving a mystery and comes packaged as a briefcase filled with sleuthing tools like flashlights, magnifying glasses and footprints. The game can be played at a variety of levels, all designed to help kids practice using context clues in a reading passage to identify new words. A quick Internet search will probably turn up many more useful games.
- Make it “hands on” – Young children are often very tactile learners. This means that they learn best when they can handle something during the learning process. One way to engage this hand-to-brain learning while teaching context clues is to print the “answers” to the word riddles you’ll be presenting your child on small slips of paper. Start by identifying several of the words you know they’ll struggle with in the passage they’ll be reading. Put simpler versions of those words on your slips of paper. “Mad,” for example, would be on a slip of paper if “angry” was one of the words you know will give them trouble. Make sure to include four or five new words. Then, while reading, let your child use the slips of paper to cover the unknown word they come across. Once the word is covered with one of the slips of paper, they can read the sentence again – using the new word – and see if it makes sense. If the sentence makes sense, they have found the meaning of the new word!
- 5 Context Clues Games – https://blog.beebl.io//www.k12reader.com/five-fun-ways-to-teach-context-clues/
Top 10 learning games for adults in the classroom
When we hear the term ‘learning games’, we associate it with educational games for kids. Our minds wander to fun word games and other educational games such as Math Ninja, Stack the Countries, Hangman, PBS Kids and, The Oregon Trail.
There are many learning games designed for the consumption of adults. Learning is an unending process. There is no age limit. We keep learning until we give up the ghost. There are several learning games for adults in the classroom, some good learning tools, and some not so good.
Here are our top ten learning games for adults in the classroom.
Learn Japanese to Survive – Hiragana Battle/Katakana Wars
We find it difficult to learn a new language that uses an alphabet system. We mix up our pronunciations and struggle to keep up with the language rules especially if it differs from the language, we are already fluent in.
Now, imagine how hard learning a language that does not use an alphabet system. It is like trying to interpret an ancient language like Egyptian hieroglyphics.
In this case, you are not learning an ancient and abandoned language, rather you are learning Japanese. Same thing, right?
Japanese has three distinct types of character. For someone with little or no knowledge of the language, this makes it tough to even find a starting point from which to start learning the language.
Try this cool Japanese battle learning game for adults. There are two cool battles: Hiragana Battle and Katakana Wars that teaches adults the Japanese language.
The game is set in a battleground. You have to battle the Hiragana and Katakana warriors. In the process of battling the warriors, you learn Japanese words and their pronunciations. You stand a better chance at defeating the warriors if you learn enough Japanese words. This learning game is fun to play. It is an easy way to learn an unfamiliar Eastern language.
It is a language learning game and a fantastic alternative to the tedious learning method of reading textbooks and using online language learning assistants such as Duolingo. Adults get to have fun in the classroom while learning a new language.
Age of Empire 2
Have you played the Age of Empire? Here’s another learning game from the manufacturers. This is a cool learning game for adults in the workplace and classroom. It teaches some history lessons.
The manufacturers still have to work on the game though, they do not always provide an accurate history. The game portrayed Cuauhtemoc as the nephew of Montezuma Emperor when in real historic terms Cuauhtemoc is the cousin of the Emperor and became his son-in-law when he married his daughter.
Another fact they didn’t get right is the timing of the dates. In the game, La Noche Triste was killed before Emperor Montezuma. This is not accurate, Emperor Montezuma was killed first, then La Noche Triste.
Despite the little flaws in the in-game play, the game is still a rich learning resource for adults. It is built with history as the building blocks. The game provides an in-game encyclopedia that offers accurate historical facts about rulers, battles, civilizations, important persons, and lots more.
The game sheds historical light on both big civilizations and lesser-known ones. The historic details of the various campaigns are accurate. Playing the game, you will learn about civilizations such as the Teutons, the Khmer, and the Saracens. These civilizations are small and not always accorded the respect they deserve.
It is a game that teaches you a lot of historical facts and sparks your interest in knowing more about history. It is not filled with textbook kind of history; it only gives you history in an interesting format. You will fall in love will this game and with history in general. It is a lovely educational game that teaches history through cool battles and challenges.
When we think of mythology and civilizations, what jumps into our minds are the Roman Civilizations, Egyptian Civilizations, or the Greek Civilizations. They are the popular ones out of a multitude. But what about other civilizations? We know fairly little about them.
The Never Alone learning game teaches other lesser-known civilizations but equally important civilizations such as the Alaskan Native cultures and the Iñupiat. If we did a basic history class in school or took it a bit seriously, it is easy to remember our teachers talking about the Native American cultures.
But the Alaskan Native Cultures? No one mentioned it like this to us. It’s probably the first time you are encountering the word and knowing that it is a thing.
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is a game designed to show the marvels of the Alaskan Native Cultures to the world. It has a beautiful story based on Alaskan Native folklore about an adventurous girl called Nuna and a Fox. They are on a mission to find the origin of an eternal blizzard and stop it from wrecking more havoc on their society.
If you think this is all the game has to offer, you are in for a surprise. As you advance into the gameplay, you will encounter Alaskan Native Americans sharing cultural and historical insights about themselves. The game is a rewarding historical adventure.
The game is set in Alaska, it has a beautiful storyline and great resource for learning the history of this unique culture. Enjoy hours of long gaming experience and develop your historical knowledge simultaneously.
This is a short but interesting game. It is built around the Jewish Culture. It is a simple adventure point and clicks game that has several endings. For someone of Jewish origin and vast knowledge of Jewish Culture, the game is really easy and not much fun.
But for the majority of us who at best known only the basis of Jewish Culture (what we read in the Bible, watch in Jewish movies and from Bible stories), it is a fun and educative adventure game.
The game teaches a lot of interesting facts about Jewish Culture. It does not bore or overload you with information about Judaism. The plot and storyline although 100 percent based on Jewish religion is put in such a way the fun is not sacrificed.
The game does a great job of intertwining information and fun. You won’t get to the point where your interest and enthusiasm drops off. It is an intriguing click and point game.
If you want to learn about Jewish Culture and do not want to read the bulky Torah and other books, the game is a great alternative.
Endless Ocean 1 and 2
If you are looking for a game that offers you the twin benefits of relaxation and learning, Endless Ocean 1 and 2 is a fantastic choice for you. It is, without a doubt, the best relaxation game on our list for adults.
This game is intriguing, you will find yourself spending more time on it than you budgeted for. It does not only offer relaxation benefits; it is also one of the best learning games for adults with autism.
It is disheartening that the series stopped at number two for some reason the builders did not deem it fit to explain its fanbase. Well, that’s another talk for another time.
Both series are scuba diving simulators. The plot of the two series is similar, the second a sequel of the first. You do not have to play Endless Ocean 1 before you play Endless Ocean 2, the order does not matter or affect the gameplay. All that matters is you relax, have fun, and learn.
The Endless Ocean 2 is an improvement on Endless Ocean 1. The gameplay is better in this second version. The frustrating errors associated with the game are now absent.
The gameplay involves swimming underwater and meeting different species of fishes. Try and identify all the fishes in the game. I beat you, you can’t.
Don’t fret over it, there is an in-game encyclopedia for the two-game series to help you identify different species of fishes and exciting facts about them. The visual representation is awesome, the same as seeing the fishes live.
The game has a lot of levels you have to unlock to find more interesting fishes. The key to unlocking a new level is to correctly identify the fish at that level. It also has a lot of interesting side missions and rewards apart from the main missions.
Note that the field of marine biology is tricky and unstable. Truth changes and new facts arise to debunk old claims. So, the information contained in the game may be true at the time the game was developed but another counter-truth may usurp it.
Despite this issue, it is still a great learning game for adults.
This is a learning game for font lovers. Many people are not interested in typeface design and font. If you fall into the category of those who use fonts regularly such as graphic designers, user-interface web designers, and others, this adult learning game is great for you.
There are so many fonts available for designers to use. You learn about the history and the development of various fonts such as Times New Romans, Calibri, Cambria, Georgia, Bookman, and the rest as you play and unlock new levels.
If you find this boring, you can just play for the fun of the game and learn new things about fonts and designs.
This is a classic learning game that does not lose its flavor. It is the perfect learning choice for adults. It is a multiplayer game and encourages competition and teamwork. The gameplay is simple, a player writes out a word on a paper, hides it and acts it out. The other players from the gestures made by the player try to guess the word.
It is a fun and exciting game for the classroom. Adults learn to read body language better.
Who doesn’t love a puzzle game? Almost all the games we love involves us solving some mystery or problem. Puzzle games come in different forms: word puzzles, crossword puzzles, and trivia.
There are a lot of apps and online resources that offer learning puzzle games for adults. At lunchtime or at a less busy time, it can serve as one of the learning games for adults in the workplace.
There are simple and advance puzzle games. For adults, I recommend you try out the advanced ones to tease your brain. This type is the one that teaches you about new concepts, words, and ideas.
This is a popular learning game for adults. Many adults play this game. It is a game of strategy and intelligence. It encourages quick thinking, improves concentration, and helps in decision making. It is a lovely and suitable learning game for adults to play in a classroom.
There are so many lessons the game of chess has in its chest box. It is a wonderful alternative to video learning games.
Riddles find expression in everyday life. The internet and game stores have a lot of riddle formats adults can enjoy in the classroom and workplace. The game improves memory retention, concentration, and attention skills. Depending on what the riddle is about, it improves general knowledge. It is a simple and convenient learning game for adults.
Anyone of these ten picks is worthwhile if you are looking to have fun or learn, or both. Long gone are the days when learning games was a kid thing. It is the new normal!