Scrabble Jr is the children's version of Scrabble. Kids match picture words with letter tiles and collect chips. Whoever has the most chips wins. We also recommend that you get a Scrabble dictionary which is useful especially if you move on to the more advanced versions of Scrabble.
If a player calls «Split», players have to turn over their tiles and show their letters to all the other players. Then each player has to arrange the letters in order to form words which have to be connected like in a crosswords in an intersecting manner.
When a player has used up all his tiles, he calls out «Peel» and each player must draw from the pool which contains the remaining tiles. If a player doesn’t want to use his tiles at any time in the game, he shouts «Dump» and exchanges any of his letter tiles for other letter tiles. The first player to have all of their tiles into a word grid shouts «Bananas».
Bananagrams is a great way for children to enrich their vocabulary. It has been listed as a best seller by toy shops and one of the vocabulary games that is definitely a must have at home. Bananagram won many awards including the Top Toy of the Year award by Creative Child Magazine.
Players have to find as many words as they can using adjacent letters. The words have to be the longest possible (longer words earn more points) and be different from words that other players have found. Time is limited to 3-minute periods, good for kids with short attention spans.
In Boggle, kids can also improve their grammar, they can learn about plurals (they get double score if they add an “s” to a word). They also learn about the past tense and gerunds. For example, kids get extra points when they look for “tan” and “tanned” or “tanning”.
The Boggle board game is also a great travel game. It is compact and can be played in a car or on a plane.
Each player then scrambles to find a card that they think is the best match for the green apple card. The words make great sentence starters and they are also great for demonstrating the multiple meaning of words. The judge is actually encouraged to pick the match that is the most creative and humorous which is guaranteed to amuse children!
There is also a junior version called Apples to Apples Junior (ages 6 and up) which has simpler words. Apples to Apples received many awards including the National Parenting Center's seal of approval and the "Mensa Select" prize and the "Party Game of the Year" award.