Fun Word Projects in Microsoftby Filonia LeChat
The Microsoft Office Suite--which includes software programs for spreadsheets, presentations, word processing and desktop publishing--may have the word "office" in its title, but that doesn't mean it's all work and no play. You'll find a variety of ways to have fun with words using Microsoft programs, keeping your brain busy and getting creative.
Words in Word
When we're born, our tiny baby brains are chock full of 100 billion neurons, according to The Franklin Institute. As we age, it's our responsibility to keep those neurons functioning and happy by exercising them. Create your own brain game by making a word search puzzle using Microsoft Word. Think of a theme for your puzzle, such as school words or names of cities, or just create a list of about 20 random words, typing them into Microsoft Word. Use Word's table creator, under the "Insert" tab and "Table" button, to create the actual word search grid, typing in one letter at a time. When you've completed the puzzle, you can remove or hide the grid itself so the lines don't show up. Make word search puzzles as intricate as you like or increase the font size to easily see the letters and find the words.
All the News Fit to Print
Capture a lot more than letters when you create a project filled with words--a family newsletter. Take advantage of Microsoft Publisher's newsletter templates, which are included with the program and give you a jumping off point. Each template starts at four pages; you're able to completely customize the pages with your own words for the articles and headlines, even the masthead. Add more pages in blocks of four for articles about your school, family, vacation, friends or neighborhood. Although the quote says a picture is worth a thousand words, a newsletter lets you show the worth of the typewritten word over many pages.
In a Flash
Combine a way to learn new words while playing a game at the same time by making word flash cards in Microsoft. A number of Microsoft's programs allow flash card creation, including Word, Publisher and PowerPoint. Just create the size of the card on screen and type a word, enlarging it to fit the card. On a second page, type the word's definition, a hint or a sentence where you use the word. Print the cards double-sided if your home printer permits; otherwise, print each page and staple them together. Use word flash cards to bone up for a spelling or language test, prepare for the SATs, learn a foreign language or study for an interview.