Whimsy Word Search

Posted by JaamZIN on 11:45 PM

Whimsy Word Search is an innovative book publishing company. The person behind the idea is Claire, a strong woman building a business while raising a happy family, but her story has an interesting twist, which is that she is living with a severe physical disability.

Claire has been captivated by the magic of adult coloring books. Coloring books are no longer just reserved for children. Adults are now buying their own Crayola boxes and joining the craze. In this age of multi-tasking, with so many parents juggling young kids and aging parents, people are beginning to take time out, escaping from their world with a good coloring book. It’s not widely known, but psychologists have been recommending coloring books as a relaxing technique for clients since the early 20th Century.

When we color, we use multiple parts of our brain. Mixing and matching colors requires us to use the creative parts of our brain, while coloring within the lines requires coordination, which comes from using the logical part of our brain. The act of coloring lowers other brain functions, allowing us to relax.

Because Claire has cerebral palsy her body is constantly moving. And coloring helped her a lot:
"Sometimes I catch myself wanting to doodle on a piece of paper, although I need to use a computer for everything. But after researching the calming effects of coloring, I now understand why the activity helps me so much. When my brain and hands are focused on coloring, the rest of my body can begin relaxing."

Her other love is for word games and word searches. She is addicted to Words With Friends. There are worse things one can be addicted to! She came to the idea to combine coloring with word searches. This is the way Whimsy Word Search was born. Claire created two puzzle styles so far: “normal” Whimsy Word Search is a prettier, more colorful take on a typical word search. It allows you to color each letter in the words you find.

She also found a way to make these puzzles even more challenging:
"I asked myself, “Why use simple letters when you can challenge your puzzle lovers with pictograms?” I decided to have each pictogram represent a letter, and then find the connecting pictograms to form the words. Hence, Whimsy Word Search, Pictogram Style was developed."

Claire is very creative. She looks forward to creating more adult coloring books in the future with added variety in terms of style, theme and level of difficulty. So pull your crayons out and let the coloring begin!

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