Want to have fun and at the same time sharpen your mind? Why not play computer word games? There are a surprising variety of word games you can play online or download to your PC. As opposed to action-oriented, fantasy or sports-related games, word games can improve your vocabulary and other language skills.
Word games have been popular since long before personal computers, of course. Scrabble remains a popular board game for word lovers everywhere. There are now computerized Scrabble games as well. There are also various Sudoko games, jumbles, crossword puzzles and countless other varieties of challenges to your verbal and language abilities.
Computer word games are also a good way to teach children that words can be fun. Children of all ages, from the time they are just learning how to read right through their teens can benefit from playing games that test and improve their abilities. While there's no guarantee that playing them will improve their English grades, it probably won't hurt! And while your kids are playing word games, you can be reassured that they aren't playing violent games that involve all sorts of simulated mayhem. One thing many people who haven't played them don't know is that they can be just as addictive as World of Warcraft and other popular role playing games!
Many word games that you can play online or download are similar to games that have been around for decades, if not centuries. For example, the basic "jumble" type game, where you have to rearrange the letters displayed to find the word has been a favorite in newspapers for many years. There are also many books of jumble games. Now you can find many varieties of these jumble games in the updated computer version.
Word games can be played solitaire or competitively against others, depending on the game. Either way, this can be a fun and educational way to pass the hours, and it will do more for your mind than TV or your typical computer game!