Do you or your kids love to play word search puzzles? My six-year-old and four-year-old love to play them, and often get such exercises from school. Even so, they still ask me to create more puzzles for them.
If you or your kids love to play with word search puzzles, now you can play endlessly with Word Magic. It is a special app designed to satisfy anyone’s love for word search puzzles. Available for iPad and iPhone, this is an app you don’t want to miss.
Learn 200+ Words in 16 Categories
Currently, Word Magic offers 200+ English words in 16 categories. Example categories include vehicles, jobs, nature, body parts, space, instruments, and many more. You can play with up to 14 words in each game.
To start playing, simply choose a category that you want to play and Word Magic will randomly generate the puzzle based on the words in that category. You can search for the words either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Once you find a word, you need to highlight it by dragging from the first letter of the word to the last one. When you complete a word for the first time, the app will show an informational popup for that word. This is designed to expand your child’s vocabulary.
Word Magic also provides rewards in the form of stars for each category. The faster you complete a puzzle, the more stars you will earn. You are welcome to try improving your time by replaying a category. The game will randomly generate a new puzzle every time, so that the gameplay remains fresh and interesting.
Parents Need to Know
By default, the app will show an informational popup for each word once, that is when you first find the word. You can change this preference in the in-app settings menu, to always show or never show pop up.
While learning new vocabulary is fitting for ages 4+, the difficulty level increases after the first five categories. At first, you need to read downwards, from left to right, or diagonally from top left to bottom right. But, as you progress through the latter categories, you may find yourself reading upwards or diagonally from bottom left.
Word Magic works great without an Internet connection. It doesn’t have any third-party ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks.
Things I Like
Maybe this may come to a surprise for you, but I’ve manually created word search puzzles for my kids in the past. The fact that Word Magic randomly generates the puzzles is really convenient because it saves a lot of time on puzzle creation. Now, my kids can simply choose a category to play. I wish we could create our own lists of words to play with — but maybe that’s already planned for future updates.
There aren’t many kids apps that have great replay value nor that look great on the iPhone. Thankfully, Word Magic satisfies both of these conditions. It really looks nice on the iPhone. Now, my kids can play word search basically anywhere, even when we don’t bring the iPads.
If your kids are having problems with playing word search puzzles on their own, you might want to give them these pointers:
- Prioritize the words that you’re looking for. Try finding words with double letters in them, such as “ff” in “daffodil”. Then, find a sequence that has “ff” in any direction. It should be easier to find this way.
- Next, try to focus on words with unique letters, such as “v” in “violet”, or “j” in “jasmine”.
- Then, you can focus on words with back-to-back consonants, such as “rch” in “orchid” or “gn” in “magnolia”.
- Finally, choose to search for the longer words first because the shorter ones, such as “rose” and “lily”, are harder to find.
Word Magic: Educational Word Search Puzzles offers a fun way for kids ages 4+ to improve their English vocabulary — especially when combined with the easy-to-understand descriptions. The puzzles are randomly generated that allows you to replay them as many times as you like. I think the app would benefit a lot from supporting languanges other than English, but in the mean time, it’s a definite buy if your kids love to play word search puzzles.
App was provided for our honest review.