Are you children good at using new words? Do they like to use different words in their written and oral communication? Having a rich vocabulary definitely improve communication skills and thus relationship with others and self-confidence. Playing word games is a fun way to help kids to improve vocabulary. In addition, playing word games is good for brain development. While playing games, kids are focused, and they are forced to make new connections, and to think outside of box. Today I am sharing a new word game I found, Pictoword. It is a free app with tons of fun.
The game play is quite simple. You are shown with two pictures. You need come up with one word based on the picture. For example, I saw one picture with jelly, the other picture has a fish. I guessed the word as jellyfish. I then pick the letters from those provided at the bottom of the screen and put the letters in the provided boxes to spell jellyfish. It was correct! I receives coins and stars for the correct answer, and move on to the next word.
If you are stuck, you can use the hint by tapping on the question mark next to the provided letters. Using hints costs coins or stars, but you usually can accumulate enough coins and stars pretty quickly by guessing the correct words. There is an option to buy coins, but we had never needed to do that.
On the screen, there is a little button that letting your earn coins by watching the videos. I did not watch any, and always have enough coins if I needed a hint. There is another little button letting you sharing your score on social media. Both buttons are not very big, but if you are concerned about these two buttons, you can disable the clickability of these two area of the screen. The instruction is included in our post How to lock iPad screen so kids stay within the app. It is a very easy set up.
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For a similar app that is specially designed for younger kids in preschool and kindergarten, check out this picture compound word app.
For more vocabulary resources, visit the collection of Best Learning Tools for Kids to Improve Vocabulary.