Children learn through play. As an occupational therapist who works with children and youth, I use games and toys almost every day to help develop important cognitive, visual perceptual, motor, sensory, social, play and leisure skills. While many different types of activities can be used in therapy, this blog focuses on off-the-shelf games and toys that are accessible to most. Whether you are a therapist, parent, teacher, or a game lover like me, I hope you discover something useful while you are here. Learn a different way to play a game you already own or discover a new game for your next family game night. Either way, just go play. It's good for you!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Scrabble Me

In the box: 4 individual Scrabble boards, 100 wooden standard Scrabble letter tiles, 4 wooden tile racks, drawstring cloth storage tile bag, Prize tile podium
Ages 8+, 2-4 players

When it comes to word games, I'm the first to the table! I thought I had played most Scrabble versions until I recently spotted this one. How did I miss it? LOL Setting up the game includes giving each person an individual board (2-4 can play), placing a number of tiles face-up on the blue, round podium, and each player choosing 7 tiles from the bag to place on his own rack. For each round, all players create one word simultaneously on their own individual boards from their own tile racks. When everyone is done, each word is scored. To replace the tiles on the racks for the next round, each person takes one tile at a time, either from the face-up tiles or the unseen tiles in the bag, until they again have seven. Unique twist - if a player plays a blank tile, he gets to trade his board with anyone else's board. Or should I say he "has" to. Depends on who's winning. The game ends when all 100 tiles are used. The highest scorer wins. I personally like the interaction and challenge of playing on other people's words, but this is a fun version to mix it up for Scrabble lovers like me.

If you would like to purchase this game or just want more information, click on the image below.

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