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      17.05.2010 00:23
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      A good and educational board game for kids

      I think that the enjoyment of a good board game is a pleasure of childhood that it would be a shame to miss.

      Some friends of mine kindly bought a Junior Scrabble game for my granddaughter on her 7th birthday, Not that this is something she'd have thought of herself, but like the Snakes and Ladders that arrived for Christmas its already proving quite addictive.

      This Mattel game comes in an attractive sturdy box, it is suitable for children roughly between the ages of 5 and 10, though I guess this is just a guideline. It is for 2 to 4 players. My first thought was that it may be a little advanced for a child not yet a fluent reader (although keen), but this proved to be a groundless fear, as the Junior Scrabble box contains two separate games, suitable for younger and older children. Incidentally I struggled to spell "separate" just then, so I'm definately no Scrabble champion.

      We turned the board to the easy side, and started to play. No complicated setting up or reading and re-reading of rules is necessary, so we were underway with the game in no time at all. There is a blue drawstring bag to place the letter tiles in, and each player selects 5 of these at random, which he( or she ) places face up in front of him. There are 30 blue counters about the size of a 10p piece, every time a player completes a word with his letter tiles he can claim a blue counter, and the eventual winner is the player who has gathered the most tokens. Some letter tiles are blank, so can be used to represent any letter which a player may need.The letters are in lower case, and as long as the child is able to recognise them, he will be able to play, and enjoy the game. The board also has pictures to represent the words to be spelled out,these are colourful and clear representations of familiar words such as cake or iron, or cloud or trumpet.Each player uses 2 tiles per go, which he then replaces from the drawstring bag. Some letters are already marked on the board, ready to be covered over. Thus the child is able to win tokens for completing words which he may not normally be able to spell, maybe a bit of tactful prompting may help as well.

      Although I normally don't believe in losing on purpose the younger player managed to win 16 to 5 , a dismal score for me. The game probably took about half an hour, or perhaps a little more, not long enough to lose concentration.

      A competitive board game such as this, works on a number of levels.Reading through previous Dooyoo reviews, I am confident that it will improve literacy skills, very important for a child like my lovely granddaughter who is not among the class high flyers, therefore improving confidence. But also, we all like to be a winner, I was a bit taken aback when she burst into tears when playing Snakes and Ladders because she went down a snake- over-reaction or what, to be fair she seems to have got over that now, and board games do highlight the temptation to cheat- not me ofcourse....

      Turn over the board, and there is a brand new, and more challenging game, for older children. Here they must build their own crossword of words of their own choice, the blue counters are not used, Bonus points can be earned by building on coloured squares, The winner is the player who scores the highest numberof points. Incase younger players have difficuty in starting a board, a number of suitable suggestions are given in the instructions which are included in the box.

      Well, I am certainly impressed by this Junior Scrabble, a nice way for children to enjoy a challenging board game,and now and again I might win!

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        02.05.2010 17:56
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        An essential part of the toy cupboard

        Junior Scrabble contains 2 games, the first game is words and pictures and is for children aged between 5 -8. The second game is colours and counters and is for children aged 7 and over. Both games are for 2 - 4 players.

        Junior Scrabble contains 84 letters tiles, 1 double sided playing board, 29 blue counters, 16 red counters and 1 tile bag. The counters have scores on 1 side.

        The game board for words and pictures shows a word and a picture of the word. Each player takes it in turns to place two of their letters on the board, when a player completes a word the collect a blue counter, keeping the score face down. Once all the words have been completed each player turns over their counters and adds up the scores, the winner is the player with the most points.

        The game board for colours and counters is on the otherside of the board and has squares on it, some are blue and some are red. Each player takes it in turn to make words from their 5 letter tiles, when a word crosses a blue of red square the player takes a counter of that colour and turns it over. The winner is the player with the highest score.

        Junior Scrabble is an excellent educational game as it helps with spelling, familiarisation with the alphabet and new words and is fun to play, I would recommend this game.

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          23.01.2010 14:55
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          excellent competitive fun and educational

          This is a review of the Junior Scrabble by Mattel

          It is for players 2-4 aged 5-10 years old.

          The game includes a board which has level one (suitable for aged 5-8 years old) on one side with words already printed there with pictures also to make the words come alive. Each word has the first letter with a white line around it to show the child this is the beginning of the word. This is important to the game as when they place their letters they have to start with the first letter and then second and so on, so if a word starts off from the middle of another word (ie like a crossword) then they can visually see this is a first letter also. This side of the game is help children improve on their word formation and to help them spell out the word recognising how words are put together. My son started playing this when he was five and it was quite difficult for him at first but he soon got the hang of it after a few games. The object of this game is put the last letter of the word of which you then earn a red counter. You can only put two letters down in your go. The winner is the one at the end of the game with the most red counters. As my son is competitive and so he does thrive at trying to put the last two letters on the end of the word. As he is almost 7 now (in two weeks) his reading has come on leaps and bounds and so this game is getting easier for him to play now whereas in the beginning he was just recognising the letters rather than the whole word.

          The other side of the board is level 2 and is a slow introduction to the adult scrabble. This is for 8 years and upwards and I have just started playing this side with my 8 year old daughter. It has a slightly different scoring system to the adult game, as with the adult game you have to start in the middle star and all over the board are blue and red bonus squares. The blue squares are 1-3 points and the reds are 4-6 points so you have to hope you pick a high pointer. At the end the points are added up. At first my daughter found this difficult to change from the easy side where the letters are already there to actually have to think of words for herself from her selection but that's the point of the game isn't it, you have to think and I love it when the light bulb moment comes on in her head and that it challenges her.

          Overall this is a classic game made simple for children to get their little brain working and it will stand the test of time. I still play scrabble now and I was brought up playing this against my dad, I even play it online against facebook users from time to time.

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            13.01.2010 11:39
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            fantastic wet weather game to play with your children

            Junior scrabble was bought for my daughter as a Christmas gift. I did think it might be a bit too old with her only being five at the time but the game is really well set out for youngsters.

            Junior scrabble is suitable for ages 5-10 and you can play with 2-4 players. Junior scrabble comes with a two sided board.

            One side of the board is set out with pictures and letters already printed on the board. This side is classed as suitable for children aged 5-8 years.
            The aim of the game on the picture and word side of the board is to cover the words with your tiles, starting at the beginning of the word. When you complete each word you take a red counter, and the winner is the player with the most red counters at the end of the game. I play this side with my daughter. She loves it, and once she had played it a few times began to understand the rules of 'starting from the beginning of a word' The game can take quite a while to finish depending on what letter tiles you get, so some children may get a little restless half way.

            The second side of the board is set out more like a traditional scrabble board.
            This side is suitable for children aged 7+
            You play this side of the board very similar to how you would a 'normal' scrabble board. On the junior scrabble board the squares are all colored, and each colored tile represents a score value. You start at the middle star, and words have to be two letters plus. The winner is the player with highest score.

            Junior scrabble has been a great gift for my daughter, and although we haven't tried out the more traditional side yet, she loves the picture and word side. The only thing we had missing in our box was stands for the tiles, which you could do with as kids get onto the more independent side. Rows will be sure to erupt when you have 7 and 8 year old kids peaking at each others tiles.

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            14.11.2008 15:28
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            good all round game for children

            Junior Scrabble is basically a version of the classic board game that is suitable for children to play. The game is recommended for children aged 5-10 years old and for 2-4 players.

            There are two games that the children can play as the board is double sided. One side is suitable for children aged between 5-8 years and the other side is suitable for children aged 7+. Both games will help the children to familiarise themselves with the alphabet, will help them learn new words and how they are spelt.

            Words and Pictures side of the board
            This side is suitable for the younger age group. It is a simpler game. Words are printed on the board that are linked together, each word has a picture next to it to show the child what the word says.
            The object of the game is to cover up the letters in each word, you must start at the beginning of the word. When a player completes a word they take a counter. The winner is the player with the most red counters once all the words have been covered.
            To set the game up, place the red counters to the side of the board and all the letter tiles except for the two blank ones get put into the bag. Each player then takes seven tiles from the bag and places them on the table face up for everyone to see.

            The first player then takes their turn. They must choose two of their tiles to place on the board.On the first move of the game the tiles must be placed on the first two letters of one word or they can be put on the first letters of two different words. Once they have done this, they must then take two more letters from the bag. Play then continues clockwise with each player taking it in turn to place two tiles on the board at a time and then taking two more tiles from the bag. If a player is able to put tiles down they must do so, even if they can only put one down. If they are stuck and are unable to put any down they will lose their go but must swap two of their letters for two different ones from the bag. Sometimes it is possible to finish two words with one tile, this player then collects two counters. AS the children can see each others tiles they are able to try and prevent the others from completeing words. When the bag is empty, te game carries on until all the words are covered, there will be a few tiles left over.

            Rainbow Scrabble
            This side of the game is for the older children. The object of the game is to score as many points as you can, you need to make complete words which interlock either going across or down the board. Depending on where you are able to place your tiles depends on how many points you score. The winner at the end of the game is the player with the most amount of points.

            There is a scorepad to write down each players score. Again players take seven tiles from the bag and plces them face up on the table.
            The first player then takes their go. They must use at least two of their tiles to make a word and the first tile must be placed on the center square with the star on. Each coloured square has a value these are- white-1 point, blue- 2 points, green- 3 points, yellow-4 points, red- 5 points, pink- 6 points and purple- 7 points. To add the score of the word up you need to add the value of the square before the first letter and after the last letter of the word just made. Each players score is written down on the scorepad. Once they have taken their go they must then pick out more letters from the bag for example, if they used four tiles to make their word they must then pick out four tiles from the bag. The game continues in a clocwise direction. Each player must make sure tat their word joins on to the word already ther or that it crosses through the word and makes a complete word. S ometimes by placing a word another word is made at the same time, the player recieves points for each word made. When a word is put down on the board and it touches the edge of the board the colour of the border is the amount of points you recieve. Once a tile has been placed on the board it cannot be moved. The blank tiles can be used in this game but the player must say what letter it is when it is placed on the board. You may choose to pass if yo cannot make a word and can change some or all of you letters if you wish to. The game continues until the bag is empty of tiles and one player has used all of theirs up. The player with the highest score is the winner.

            Junior Scrabble is an excellent game for children, it is educational as well as being fun. Although it sounds quite complicated it is quite easy once you have played a few times and understand the rules better.

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              25.06.2001 18:42
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              I have long been a fan of the original Scrabble game. We still play it on occassion in my house, but as both my hubby and I are fiercely competitive, it usually ends up with dictionaries at dawn! When my eldest girl was 6, we bought her Junio Scrabble. It is based on the original format. You have a board with squares gridded out, some being worth double/triple letter or word scores if your word passed through one of them. You pick out 7 tiles, all with a letter on them (except for the couple of blanks - which can be used as any letter you want). Each letter is worth a certain number of points, depending on the difficulty of using that letter within a word (i.e. a Z is worth a lot more than an A). As you use up your letters, you pick up more tiles to replace them, and the winner is the player with the highest score. With the junior edition, as well as the standard game described above, you also have any easy game on the reverse side of the board. This side has words already spelled out on it, so the children don't have to make up words, but simply have the right letters in their posession to fill in the word on the board. My second daughter has a reasonably serious reading problem until she was in primary 3. We tried several specialist book series to try to encourage her learning, both reading and spelling, but she never seemed to improve much. The poor wee soul had no confidence because of this. She was teased mercylessly at school, despite her teacher trying to put a stop to it. When we got junior scabble, we encouraged her to play with us. At first, we only ever used the easy side of the board. The more she played, the easier she found it to recognise words, and remember how to spell them. Before long, we had the board turned over and she was having a go at that. At first, she struggled, but her confidence had been given the boost it needed. She soon caught on, and refused to give up until she had
              made up a word. Sometimes, the words were only 3 letters long, but it was a start. She's now in primary 6, and she regularly beats her older sister. She had a reading test in school a few weeks ago, and we couldn't believe the results. She has a chronological age of 9 years and 4 months, and a reading age of 9 years and 2 months. She was over the moon to be at such a good level. When she was in primary 3, she had a reading age of a primary 1 student. She is no longer afraid when she is given a new book. I place most of the credit for this improvement on Junior Scrabble. Ithink it is wonderful that there are games on the market that are not only fun, but also actively encourage learning. It's so much better than her sitting around with a game-boy.

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                31.05.2001 00:02
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                This is a fantastic game for children of all ages.School kids love the idea of playing a game during class and most of them have no clue to the fact they are learning at the same time. Grand children love the time spent with them and the attention you can lavish on them when they score and make new words and spell them correctly. I would recommend this game for anyone with children and even for adults who need to improve their vocabulary and spelling skills. It's a lot of fun and challenging to all who play.

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                  13.11.2000 01:25
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                  This is two simplified versions of the original scrabble game, one on each side of the board. For younger children, the words are already in written on the board and each person in turn places two letters on the board. They have to be either the first letter of a word, or the second if the first is in place and so on until the word is completed. The person who completes a word gets a blue counter. The person with the most blue counters at the end wins. For older children, they make up the words as in the original scrabble, but instead of having double word or letter scores, some of the squares are coloured either blue or red. If a word is made which includes coloured squares, then the person making the word picks up the appropriate coloured counters, all of which have a value on the back (1 - 6). At the end of the game, the value of each players counters are added up and the highest score wins. The younger version is excellent for young children, and it is very easy to ‘set up’ the game so that younger players can win counters (as you see each others letters and can work out which gaps to leave). It also helps them to learn the words on the board, and means that I don’t have to work out words for three when playing with my two children. The older version is very similar to the original scrabble, but it is a lot easier to add up the scores, and the pieces are larger. My two children are aged 5 and 8 and this game is perfect for those age groups. (They learn how to spell without realising that is what they are doing!) My only complaint is that whilst there is a nice bag for the scrabble pieces to be kept in, there is not a bag for the counters. You have to rip open the bag that they come in to get them out, and then have to find something else to keep them in. It would not have taken the manufacturers (Mattel) much to have put in a resealable bag for the counters. A good, fu
                  n game for people with small children.

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                    09.10.2000 20:47
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                    Everyone knows the original game of scrabble - well this is the modified version to appeal to children. For those who have perhaps been living in a cave since its incarnation the game goes something like this: You have a square board with little squares marked off on it and a selection of tiles with letters of the alphabet on them. Each player must take 7 letters and try to form a word from them. This word must be in the dictionary and not be for example a person's name or name of a place etc. You must also build a word off of another word when you lay rather than have it floating about anywhere on the board. The letters are given different point values depending upon their usage in common everyday english. Therefore a letter like Z is worth more than an E. Some of the board squares are bonuses which increase the score scored for that particular word. You have double letter scores, triple letter scores, etc. which can greatly increase the chances of you winning. The game is as much about strategy as it is about having a good vocabulary and the ability to spell. So What is different in the children's edition? Well the only difference that I can really see is that the letters available are the more common ones. Hence there are more Es and Ns and less Vs, that sort of thing and the board is also a little easier as well. This makes it easier for children to score points and get words to put on the board. I think this is a great game for children as not only is it fun for them (hopefully) but at the same time they are practising/being taught how to spell and maybe increasing their vocabulary as well. I feel that as such this game is an essential aid to a child's development - if they can be taught through play as well as school then there really is no argument is there? Overall I would recommend this to everyone with kids, although the adult version is probably just as good. I remember playing on the adult version as a chi
                    ld without any problems at all so I wonder just how necessary this scaled down version is...

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                    07.08.2000 23:27
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                    Scrabble for juniors not only is a good game but it is a very good source for teaching your child new words, and how to spell new words correctly. If it is raining or your child is ill, sit down with scrabble junior, it`s a fairly quiet game and better than watching the television all day long. The board itself can be turned over, one side is very easy, the other side is a bit harder. You select your alphabet tiles and put them in the little racks you have to hold them, taking it in turns each player tries to acheive the most points by placing the tiles down to form a word. If you encourage your children they will really enjoy playing, it`s fun, easy and the kids love it. Take your time and help introduce new words, then ask your child to spell it or take the tiles off and ask them to put them back on again. Using games like this will most certainly benefit your child`s education as well.

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                      Spears Junior Scrabble, an excellant game my kids love it.Every week they get it out,and spend hours playing it.Even us adults are coerced into joining in.It's great fun watching the kids forming the words and trying to pronounce them.There are times when they help each other to make the words.Thats unusual in itself,kids niggling each other most of the time.When they are asking for me to play Scrabble with them I know that it's a very good game.Sometimes it is possible to get them to do some spellings,just to help them play the game better!! So thankyou Mr Spears,thankyou for giving a peaceful time for a couple hours per week.A great game highly recommended by myself and other parents.

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