With the emphasis placed firmly on fun, Wordsearch Junior also helps to develop young learners’ visual acuity. The little ones can dive in straight away and search for images and patterns on the starter-level blue picture pattern cards. Here they will be developing those crucial early recognition and reasoning skills, such as sequencing and spatial awareness.
The next – red – level takes players through the picture hint cards – finding words with picture hints to help them in their search.
This prepares them for the green word-only cards, where they’ll be learning to look for consonant clusters and vowel combinations – increasing their reading skills without even realising it! The vowels in the word puzzles are helpfully printed in red so children can easily distinguish them from consonants.
So how does it work?
Wordsearch Junior is based on the same clever ‘turntable’ design of the original Classic Wordsearch! version, and is easily set up for play. Clear assembly instructions are included in the box, and once you’ve selected a puzzle playing disk and inserted it onto the table-top ‘wheelbase’ you’re ready to go. The nine double-sided puzzle disks have three different levels covering a myriad of topics, so the game can be enjoyed by children aged 4 and upwards:
- Blue for finding picture patterns and sequencing – choose from cards illustrating Zoo, Pets, Fruit, Fairy Tales, Faces and Balls;
- Red for finding words with picture hints – featuring Summer Holiday, Garden, House, Forest, Farm and Animals;
- Green for finding words – choose from Transportation, Sports, School, My Body, Food and Clothing.
The object of the game is to find the most words or pictures, and cover them with your coloured marking chips.
At the end of the game, the player with the most chips of their colour on the board wins!
We really enjoyed this game. We started of with the pictures and harry enjoyed it but now he’s 4.5 and at school, he soon got bored and wanted to move on to the smaller words with pictures. I love how much fun he was having but had no idea he was learning in the process. He’s not ready to move onto the green games yet but I’m pleased because now I know it’s a game that will grow with him. He is so proud of himself when he gets one right on his own. I like how this teaches him to look for the whole word and not just the first letter. I also ask him to read what letters I need which he sees as a responsibility so is eager. I love how he loves to learn.
Also in a couple of years, Jack will be playing with it.
With Harry he started school after just turning 4 so didn’t have much time to learn words etc before school but Jack will be 4 in January and wont start until the following September so games like this will be great for preparing him.
This game is for ages 4+ for 1-4 players and has an rrp of £18.99
This is a big hit for us and I definitely recommend.
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