The educational benefits of using puzzles and games are well documented, so I’m not about to bore you with that information all over again. But I will say that crosswords are a fun, interactive way to get kids to expand their vocabulary and learn how to use a dictionary or thesaurus more effectively (yes, the online ones work well too). Aside from the educational benefits, they’re also a great way to pass the time so pop one of these apps on to your kids’ tablet or phone before you head out on that road trip:
Crossword Game for Kids
I found this one on iTunes, and it provides picture clues to players, with letters scattered everywhere so your kid needs to drag the letter to its correct place. Interactive and pretty easy to master, this app is cool for kids between the ages of 4 and 8. Oh, and it’s free! Download Crossword Game for Kids here.
You can upgrade to the paid version for this one, but I enjoyed the free version too. Players can tap on the pictures for word hints; enjoy the annoying sound effects and level up to learning synonyms too. Check it out on iTunes here.
Crossword Puzzle Free
This one can get quite complex, but it’s packed with a huge range of crossword puzzles, with new ones added all the time. There’s also a nifty “reveal letter” button and a “reveal word” facility. Pick it up from the Google Play Store here.