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Crossword Puzzles ~ Educational Tool for Kids and Adults

Updated on May 23, 2012

Crossword puzzles are a group of words that are arranged horizontally and vertically.

They are designed this way, so that each of the words will cross at least one other word through a letter that is common to both.

Today, most of the daily newspapers include a crossword puzzle as well as many magazines.

Puzzles are one of the best educational tools for learning new words.

Those in the field of education such as professors and teachers are getting more involved in solving crossword puzzles.

There is no question that crossword puzzles have been in education for many years.

The reason most people enjoy crossword puzzles is because, it is considered a great exercise for the mind.

Believe it or not, crossword puzzles give others a better impression of you.

Anyone who notices you solving a crossword puzzle regularly, believe that you are brilliant.


Crossword puzzles can help your child memorize facts for tests while having fun.

Puzzles stimulate and motivate children on how to use logic, reasoning, vocabulary, spelling and organizational skills.

They also prepare kids for tests and help them learn to use the process of elimination.

Another benefit of using crossword puzzles in the classroom is that they are associated with recreational activity and can be less intimidating for students.

Puzzles have the advantage of appealing to different learning styles.

It is a valuable and educational game to stimulate children and adults with amazing mental skills, while teaching spelling and vocabulary words.


Doing crossword puzzles daily helps sharpen your mental skills.

By reading each clue and looking at the corresponding slots, you know how many letters the answer has.

For each letter filled in, you have an additional clue as to what the answer should be.

You will face a challenge as you try to create the perfect word.

With enough practice and creativity, sooner or later you will create the correct word.


Solving a puzzle helps to improve your memory and vocabulary.

All puzzles contain one word clues that call for another word, meaning the same thing.

Your mission is to find it.

After doing numerous puzzles you will become familiar with words you never knew before.

Kid's really love crossword puzzles, because completing them feel more like playing a game instead of doing homework.

Crossword puzzles offer educators a great opportunity to introduce a fun activity as part of the learning process.

Puzzles have endured as a favorite past time, because they are appealing to all ages.

They can be completed in a brief time period and solving them provides a sense of accomplishment.

Parents are given an opportunity to work on puzzles with their children and share quality time together.

Crosswords make a great educational tool, and teachers as well as home-schoolers will continue to use them for many more years to come.

Finally, crossword puzzles are a great source of entertainment, educational and learning experience for children and adults.



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      5 years ago

      could you give us a journal to see formal information if this technique is success to use

    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      FloraBreenRobison thanks for commenting on Crossword Puzzles. The brain is sharpened by the activity when we process words. It is very good therapy and helps to increase our vocabulary. Keep working the crossword puzzles and you will continue to increase your brain cells.

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      7 years ago

      Although I haven't gotten to the point wher e I am any good at The New York Times Crossword, I regularily work on crossword puzzles. I've always been interested in them, but especially after I graduated from University and was no longer in classes with assignments I had to finish on a regular basis I clung to crosswords to keep my brain sharp. Trying to keep Alzheimers away should start as early as possible. Researchers still haven't found a definitive way of telling who will for sure develop Alzheimers and who will not. But anything that will keep your brain sharp is a great activity to do. at any age.

    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      I agree. A very good tool for keeping the brain challenged.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      ...and, for those of us who may be older, to hopefully push back the advance of senility or Alzheimers!

    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX


      Thanks for the wonderful comment on crossword puzzles as an educational tool for kids and adults. Practicing puzzles is an excellent way for children to develop and increase their vocabulary and their knowledge.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You have given many good reasons to get engaged in doing crossword puzzles on a regular basis, Cheryl. It definitely can be considered to be an educational tool for kids and adults, but is also an inexpensive way to entertain oneself while developing better vocabulary skills. Voted up and useful!


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