What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 7 Little Words has 30 word puzzles that test trivia knowledge and spelling, with many more puzzles available as in-app purchases. Each puzzle has clues for seven words. The clues are similar to crossword puzzles, for example, "used up" is the clue for "spent." The seven words that answer the clues are broken into tiles of two or three letters ("spe" and "nt") and scrambled around the board. Players must tap the tiles in the correct order to submit one of the seven words. There is no time limit and you can skip among different puzzles. Three more sets of 50 puzzles each are available for in-app purchase, with more on the way. There are also links to more games advertised in the app.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
For kids and adults who love word games, this is an excellent and engaging twist on the usual. The simple, no-frills setup means the puzzles aren't very replayable, so you'll probably end up wanting to buy the extras.
In solving a clue, kids may try to think of synonyms, strengthening their knowledge of a word's definition. Kids also can improve their spelling skills by arranging letters by trial and error.
There are no hints, but you don't have to finish one puzzle to start the next, and your progress on each puzzle is saved, so you can skip around if you get stuck.
What's it about?
7 Little Words presents kids with seven clues such as “becoming less rural” and a bunch of letter groups. In this example, kids would have to figure out that the answer is "urbanizing" from all the choices, and find the letter groups “urba,” “niz,” and “ing.” It can be tough to try to figure out the answers as you cannot move the letter groups around. There is a shuffle option to remix the order, but kids still have to do some mental rearranging. There are no hints, rewards, or high scores, but completing a puzzle is satisfaction enough.
Is it any good?
For kids and adults who love crossword puzzles, word scrambles, and word finds, this is an excellent and engaging twist on typical word games. The lack of a time limit lets you really get engrossed, and the process of elimination with the clues can teach you new terms. The simple, no-frills setup means the puzzles aren't very replayable, so you'll probably end up wanting to buy the extras.
Families can talk about...
Play along and help kids figure out the clues and come up with possible vocabulary words.
Do related activities with your kids such as crossword puzzles.
Practice spelling some of the words seen in the puzzles outside of game.