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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bookworm is word puzzle game with varying levels of difficulty. Kids connect letters to make words, and there are also definitions that build vocabulary. Burning letters spell disaster, though, and could frustrate kids who feel insecure about their spelling abilities. The game can be played in timed or untimed modes (the latter relieves the stress).
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What's it about?
Kids create words by connecting adjacent letters on the game board. Kids can watch the top of the screen to see if the letters they choose make a word, then tap again to submit the word for points. The blocks disappear and more letters drop down from above. Kids must use the red fire tiles in a word before they reach the bottom of the game board. When kids rotate the device, they can access stats on their game plus books of additional bonus words. Players can choose a timed or untimed game.
Is it any good?
The letter grid in Bookworm is set against a cartoon library presided over by Lex, a squeaky-voiced worm who gobbles down the words kids find. But the game's coolest special effect is burning tiles, which set adjacent letters on fire and end the round if not quickly used in a word. The effect adds a layer of challenge and excitement for kids. Bookworm is a clever, action-packed find-and-trace word game for grade-schoolers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Play Bookworm with your kids and encourage them to read the definitions when they pop up.
To help your kids build longer words and review grammar, ask them, "What kinds of endings can we put on words to make them longer?" Then review plural (-s and -es), past tense (-ed), and other word endings.