African Themed Word Games

African Themed Word Games

Hi all,

Hope your week is going well. This week’s illustrations are dedicated to amazing Africa – there are word search and cryptograms related to African animals and cultural heritage. They are suitable for fourth and fifth graders, but of course coloring can enjoy even the younger ones.

Let’s see what steps they should follow!

Word search – In word search children should be looking in the grid for the hidden words, provided next/under the grid itself. The words may be placed horizontally, vertically, or diagonally and are all related to Africa. Once the word is found, it should be cross off the the list.

Cryptograms – Children should solve the puzzle of an encrypted text to get an answer to a question. The letters of the alphabet are being represented by ciphers. To crack the code, children must replace each cipher with the correct letter. Also, the animals portrayed can be colored in. For instance, in the first illustration with the monkey, there are two words with numbers underneath them. Above the snake is a table of the alphabet with numbered codes. The first letter of the first word has the number 9 under it. If you look in the alphabet table, the letter B has 9 under it, so B is the first letter of the first word. By using this method, children will figure out the rest of the letters and get an African proverb.

To view a larger image of each illustration, simply click on the illustration.

To download and print an illustration, right click on the illustration, choose save image as. A new window opens with the locations of where you want to save illustration to. Choose your desired located and click save. Once it is saved, open the illustration from the location you saved it to and you can print it from there.


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