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Crosswords Encourage Writing in 5 Year Olds

I am always looking for newer and interesting ways and tools for Pari to develop her reading and writing skills.

And, crossword is precisely the tool that’s grabbed her attention.

Particularly, at this stage, when she’s hungry to read anything that comes her way and go back and write it down.  Am so glad I introduced this, for she’s been finding it very interesting – and engaging.

This thick, notepad-sized picture crossword book that I bought for her recently, has been her as well as my favourite. It’s got enough pages to last for three months – when done every single day. She’s been doing one, two or even more pages each day.
If you are interested in this specific book, please note that it's called 'Fun-N-Learn Crossword pad' published by Wilco publishing house. It costs just INR 75. You can find it on Flipcart or any other bookstore.

The fun part is – she has to solve the cross word using pictures given on the page. Which means, she has to identify the picture, spell it and write it down. Each page is based on a different theme, like – "Creepy Crawlies", "Getting Dressed", "At the Zoo", "Back to school", "Up in the air", "Halloween" etc.

What I like about Crossword solving is the multiple challenges it presents.

And, one of those is – rationalizing which precise name would help in forming the connecting word, when one object may be called by two (or even more) different names. For instance, on one page, there was a picture of a – what one may instantly call – ‘frock’. Pari wrote it down immediately, but realized that the connecting word could not be formed due to that specific connecting letter in ‘frock’. So, she changed her mind and decided that ‘frock’ has to be replaced by ‘dress’. Hence, indirectly, it got her thinking of more ways to call the same object.

It’s not necessary that every kid will like solving crosswords.

There are many other ways and tools to encourage writing. But, Picture Crossword is such an interesting tool that introducing to them at age 5 may be well worth it. For, at this age, they are enthusiastically exploring the written word.

 

What are the ways you think are helpful to develop kids' writing skills?

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  • Pritam February 21, 2011, 4:54 am

    Rashmie, really good infiormation!
    I can’t wait to start this with my son…may be 1 more yr…
    Thanks for sharing

  • Sahiba February 21, 2011, 6:40 am

    Once again very good info. Thanks for sharing. Pari seems so engrossed. Guess she is enjoying solving this
    crossword puzzle. Three cheers for Pari.

  • Kiran February 22, 2011, 3:16 pm

    Hi Rashmie,
    Thanks for sharing the info. It is a fun way to introduce word skills to young minds. Solving crossword puzzles
    enhances many skills. I am really happy to see Pari solving crossword puzzles. God Bless !

  • Srinivas March 2, 2011, 4:45 pm

    Thanks for the good info. Will let my daughter try this one out

  • Sudha March 3, 2011, 6:32 am

    Hello Rashmie

    Thanks a lot for sharing this .. I used to make crossword and give it to my daughter.. Will definitety try to get a copy o this book too :)

    http://www.qualint.com/wordsheets.html

  • Rashmie Jaaju March 3, 2011, 7:13 am

    Dear Pritam, Sahiba, Kiran, Srinivas, Sudha –
    Thank you for your comments. So glad you like the idea.
    Crossword, I have found, is also a great tool during travel (be it in car, flight or train) to engage the kids.
    Hope you all are doing great. :)
    Rashmie

  • Bhim March 4, 2011, 4:09 am

    Reshmi,
    Is this book available for little higher age groups like 8yrs, class 3? I’d like to bye for my Son.

    Thanks
    Bhim

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 7, 2011, 5:05 am

      Hello Bhim,
      Welcome to MommyLabs!
      I am not sure if this same publication has crossword books for slightly older age group but I am sure there will be many other publications in this category.
      Thanks for visiting and seeking more information.

  • Valerie September 26, 2011, 7:49 pm

    Hello Rashmie,
    I am a French-American mom now living in Germany. My daughter goes to German kindergarten but I do things with her in French or English in the afternoon and I know she is going to love this! Great idea. Thank you!