wordplayInstead of a regular post today, I’d just like to take a very few moments to encourage you to have a little fun with words over the holidays.

Many families play games when they get together (at least they used to — I hope they still do!) How about devoting some of that time to word games?

Word games can hone your spelling skills, can teach you new words, can get your imagination going — they could even act as writing prompts.

There are the tried and true favorites like Scrabble and Boggle, and the many variations on those games’ general theme. This post  suggests others like Apple to Apples, Balderdash, and a few I’ve never even heard of. Here’s another list from Daily Writing Tips.

You don’t even need a game board to play one of my favorite word games. All you need is a few people (any number over 3 can play although 5 to 10 would be a better number), a dictionary, and some paper and pens/pencils. It’s called Dictionary. The rules are few and simple. How many people can YOUR definitions fool?

If you just can’t wait until you can find a few other wordy folks to play with, here’s a selection of games and quizzes from Merriam-Webster that you can do on your own!

Do you have any favorite word games?

I plan to play a few of those Merriam-Webster ones over the holidays, while this blog takes a break for a couple of weeks. I’ll be back in the New Year. In the meantime, happy word-games, and

Happy Holidays!

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