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Scrabble for Juniors
Member Name: pink19
Scrabble for Juniors
Advantages: vey educational, will help with reading, spelling and identifying words
Disadvantages: none for me
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.
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.
Summary: good all round game for children