Word Ball - A Fun Word Game and App
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Word Ball - A Fun Word Game and App is a simple but effective word-building game that challenges players to build as many words as they can with colorful balls that have individual letters on them, as they bounce around and disappear. The words need only be three letters long, so even younger kids who have just recently learned to read and spell on their own can enjoy the challenge of this game. Some words earn more points, depending upon length of word and letters used. The game organizes all of the words a player has spelled at the end of each round by alphabetical order. This game is useful in helping kids practice word building while having lots of arcade-style fun.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- handling stress
Engagement, Approach, Support
Once kids get the hang of this game, they'll be sucked into the action and hardly notice the spelling learning going on. The options are endless on this fun, sticky game.
Spelling practice is baked into gameplay, then reinforced as kids review all words they have built in an automatically generated alphabetized list at the end of each round.
Excellent tips for beginners. Detailed specifics on scores, including score give immediately after each work, total score (out of 100) per round, and a history of scores.
Is it any good?
WORD BALL may seem a little frantic at first, with all those bouncy balls with letters on them bopping around your device's screen. But there's a method to this madness, and once your kid gets the hang of building words before the balls disappear, they will be sucked into the fun and hardly notice all of the vocabulary, concentration, and spelling practice going on. There's a subtle but challenging feature that make letters shrink if kids don't choose them, which challenges players to think about words (quickly!) containing letters they may not normally think to use (like "x" and "q") before they disappear; then, if used, the letter puffs up again, rewarding them for using it and giving them more chances. The alphabetized list of words that a player has built that can be seen at the end of a round is also a nice learning touch -- it's fun to see how players tend to gravitate to using words that begin with the same letter, for example. Then, next round, they can challenge themselves to not start any word with that letter. The options are endless in this deceptively simple yet very effective word game that many kids will return to time and again.
Families can talk about...
Let your kid read his or her list of words to you and identify any unknown words. Work together to find definitions of the words.
Challenge your kid to make longer words.
Use Game Center achievements to set new goals.