Game Basics – How to Play Word Games

Word games have a number of benefits. Playing them boosts your word power, and it can enhance your memory and problem-solving skills. It may be a stress-reliever or a fun social activity. But the benefits will depend on the game you’re playing. Here’s an overview of how to play some of the most popular word games. 


Crosswords typically have a certain number of white squares that will match the length of the word you’re to use to answer the teaser question. Try thinking of several potential answers. If necessary, write out those words on a separate piece of paper before you write it in the crossword squares. If the number of letters doesn’t match, then the answer clearly isn’t a fit. What if you aren’t sure if that’s the right answer. If the word does fit the number of squares, try to fill in a row or column that crosses it. If that is an easy answer, then you’ll know what letter goes in a given spot in the mystery word. That can help you narrow down potential answers on your list. This tip can also help you identify potential words, if you have no other clues. 

Unscramble Games 

Unscramble games typically present a number of letters, and your goal is to unscramble them to get the right answer. A few challenging ones have an extra letter, but they always make it possible to figure out by providing a hint as to what the word should be. If you’re going off a vocabulary or spelling word list, then the answer will obviously be on that list. You can create unscramble games using an unscramble word tool. That’s the ideal way for parents to create unscramble games for their children to get more practice with their English and spelling assignments. 


Hangman starts with someone thinking of a word or phrase. They’ll write the number of blanks necessary to write out that phrase. Then they draw the hangman’s platform. The other person or group of players starts guessing letters. For every letter they guess that isn’t present in the word or phrase, the “hangman” draws another body part until the “person” is hung. And every correct letter is written in the corresponding blank. The goal is to spell out the term or correctly guess it before the cartoon character is hung. You can link the Hangman puzzle to any subject you want, such as giving the clue that it is a part of a plant or a state capitol. 

Word Search 

Word searches are a good solitary word game. You’re hunting for the words on the list in the large wall of text. Word searches are a good choice for improving spelling and reminding kids of the terms they’re learning, though it won’t teach them the context. Word searches improve word recognition, and they can help kids develop pattern recognition. For example, you’ll learn to quickly identify groups of letters by scanning the page. You can buy books full of word searches, and there are tools for creating word searches containing words that you’ve selected.