Word board games are ideal if you want your kid to increase his vocabulary and enhance his literacy skills. Smart-kid-educational-games.com recommends a few board games that your kid will find both fun and educational and that can be played by the whole family!
APPLES TO APPLES (Ages 8 +)
Apples to Apples is one of our favorite word board games. The game received numerous awards including the "Mensa Select" prize and the "Party Game of the Year" award in the issue of Games magazine in 1999. The game also received the National Parenting Center's seal of approval.
The game can be played by 4 to 10 players, ages 8 and up.
Each player is dealt seven "red apple" cards; on each is printed a noun or noun phrase. The judge lays down an adjective (or a "green apple" card) and places it on the table for everybody to see. Each player scrambles to find a card that they think is the best match for the green apple card. The judge then decides which noun is the best match for the adjective. The judge's decision can be very funny, actually the game encourages him to pick the match that is the most creative and humorous!
SCRABBLE & SCRABBLE JUNIOR (Ages 8+)
Scrabble is one of our favorite word board games. It is a lot of fun, can be played by the whole family. Moreover, it increases your kid's vocabulary and literacy skills, which will help him at school!
The objective of the game is to make the most scoring words, in a crossword fashion, on the Scrabble board. It is played by 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up.
There are Scrabble games for all levels (e.g.: Scrabble Junior, beginner,advanced, etc). The Deluxe Edition boasts several features, including a board that spins and holds letters in place.
BOGGLE (Ages 8 +)
Boggle is a fast-paced and addictive game. It is also ideal if you travel. It will help your kid familiarize himself with words and improve his spelling.
Players compete to find as many words as possible using a plastic grid of lettered dice while a three-minute sand timer works its way down. Players attempt to find words in sequences of adjacent letters and score points by finding words that other players don't locate.
This game can be played by 2 or more players and suitable for kids ages 8 and up.
BUYWORD (Ages 10 +)
BuyWord received the GAMES 100 Game of the Year in 2004. It is a letter arrangement word board game. It challenges players to buy letters and then sell words at a profit. The better letters cost more money.
This game will definitely increase your kid's word skills and it will also teach him also the concept of "buy low, sell high".
It usually can be played by 1 to 4 players and is for kids ages 10 and up.
PASS THE BOMB & PASS THE BOMB JUNIOR (Ages 10+)
A randomly timed "bomb" gets passed from player to player in this game, as they try to come up with words that include the letters on a face-up card. When the bomb "explodes," the player holding it gets the card, representing one negative point. A junior edition is available.
Pass the Bomb is an award-winning word game. It consists of a timer in the shape of a black grenade with a string fuse. Players press a button that starts a loud ticking. The bomb gets passed from hand to hand, and each player has to come up with words that include the letters on a face-up card in order to avoid being blown up. When the bomb explodes the player loses one life and the player who has lost the least lives is the winner.
The game can usually be played by 2 to 10 players, ages 10 and up.
TYPO (Ages 10+)
Typo is quite a challenging word game. It sure will make your kid think and increase his vocabulary.
Players begin the game with 12 cards (each card has one letter). Five cards are put on the table. They then attempt to play their cards in such a way that they can expand the cards on the table to form part of a word.
We also recommend it although we view it as the most difficult word board games amongst the ones proposed here.
Sight Words Game
Sight Words Game helps children learn to read, spell and understand
sight words, the most common words in our language.