The Best Educational Word Games to Play With Your Kids

Using word games as an educational tool is a great way to inject some fun into learning. Making vocabulary expansion fun is very effective and if your children enjoy playing games then why not twist it in a way that can have some educational value too. With so many online and physical word games being available on the market it is certain that there will be a game out there that works for you and your kids. Why not try to make learning fun, if you can provide your child with some enjoyment whilst they learn you may find your methods to be a lot more effective in getting educational results.

Scrabble

Classic board game Scrabble is a household staple when it comes to board games, players choose letter tiles at random and are challenged to create words with the highest point value. The more obscure letters have more points and with the opportunity to boost your points with double and triple word spaces on the board, this game can get extremely competitive. In terms of how educational this game is, because it challenges players to make words from a random selection of letters it really does get your children thinking about the words they know and can even reveal new words they didn’t know the meaning to already. For beginners who may struggle with the concept of scrabble you may choose to use a word unscrambler, which makes words from a given set of letters, using a tool like this may seem redundant but it still encourages your children to think about expanding their vocabulary as they are being exposed to new words.

Words With Friends

With a similar concept to the board game Scrabble, Words with friends is another great way of getting your children to have fun whilst doing something educational. Play with friends and family online to to add even more competitiveness and enjoyment to the game, challenge yourself to make the best words in terms of point value from a set of given letters, as this game is on a smartphone application platform your children may be more inclined to get involved and expand their vocabularies whilst having fun with their peers.

Hangman

Classic time killer, Hangman is a perfect example of a word game that encourages the development of your children’s education. The beauty of this game is that it can be played anywhere, all you need is a pen and a notebook for hours of fun. The simplicity of Hangman with how well it encourages your children to think about vocabulary makes it an extremely useful educational tool. Players take turns to think of a word that fits a given category and the other players take turns to guess the letters the word contains, as you guess the letters correctly more of the word is revealed to aid you in guessing however, should you get a letter wrong a body part is added to the Hangman and once complete if you haven’t guessed the word you lose.

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Biking with Kids: Choosing a Cargo Bike

Cargo bikes are becoming an increasingly popular method of transport, particularly for families with kids. This is due to their low cost, non-existent carbon footprint, and the myriad of health benefits of they bring. Consequently, many people have even swapped their cars for one.

Cargo bikes sometimes have two wheels, sometimes three. They can be big or small, and as stated, they are all great for families with kids, with some having space for child to sit in the front and others having space for them in the back. Only some are suitable for transporting babies however, and some may be unsuitable for older kids. With that in mind, what are the best cargo bikes for biking with kids?

Best Cargo Bikes on the Market

Urban Arrow Family CX

Manufactured in Amsterdam, the Urban Arrow Family CX is one of the pricier bikes on the market, costing £4,900 (or around $6,300). Also, it only has two wheels so may be a bit wobbly at first, however, if you ride cargo bikes often you should get used to it pretty quickly.

That being said, you do get your moneys worth. There’s tons of room in the Arrow, with a bench that can sit two children and you can even put a car seat for a small child in the front if you have the right adapter. You can also customize the bike and add another bench for an additional child, along with a bench at the rear for a fourth child.

Nihola Family-e

Coming in slightly cheaper at £3,600 (or $4,600), this Denmark built bike is it a bit easier to ride even for amateurs as it has three wheels. It is designed to carry two children and is extremely stable and safe. This is because the fact that it has three wheels means that you don’t have to worry about things like kickstands or the bike toppling over, which is very appealing if you will be travelling with kids and you don’t ride a bike often. The Nihola Family-e also has e-assist, which makes getting up hills much easier.

Bakfiets Riksja

If you’re looking for a bike that can transport adults as well as children, the Riksja is the bike for you. While it is very expensive at £5000 ($6,400) it is extremely sturdy and could be used for things like playdates with other parents and their children.

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