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Scrabble; home to the spellers!

Scrabble, a word game, is the perfect indoor game to play on a cold day and the whole family can join in!

Before the game Scrabble can start, a dictionary is asked to clarify any challenges that may come forth during the course of the game. The letter tiles, with letters and numbers on them, are placed in an opaque bag.

Players then decide in which order they would like to play. Each player draws one tile and the player who picks the letter closest to the beginning of the alphabet goes first.

At the beginning of the Scrabble game, and after each turn until the bag is empty , players draw tiles to fill their racks, or tile holders, with seven tiles, from which they will make plays. Each rack is concealed from the other players.

During a turn, a player will have seven tiles on his or her rack. On each turn, the player has three options; pass, forfeiting the turn or scoring nothing.

Players can exchange one or more tiles for an equal number from the bag, scoring nothing, an option available only if at least seven tiles remain in the bag.

Players can also play at least one tile on the board, adding the value of all words formed to the player’s whole score.

Words can either read left-to-right or top-to-bottom. The words formed must either use the letters of one or more previously played words or else have at least one of its tiles horizontally or vertically adjacent to an already played word. If any words other than the main word are formed by the play, they are scored as well.

The first word played must cover H8, the center square. The word must consist of at least two letters, extending horizontally or vertically. H8 is a premium square; the first player to play a word receives a double word score.

A blank tile may take the place of any letter. It then remains that letter for the rest of the game. It scores no points regardless of what letter it is designated or its placement on a premium square. But its placement on a double-word or triple-word square does cause the corresponding premium to be scored for the word in which it is used.

After playing a word, the player announces the score for that play. The player then draws tiles from the bag to replenish his or her rack to seven tiles. If there are not enough tiles in the bag to do so, the player takes all the remaining tiles.

After a player plays a word, his or her opponent may choose to challenge any or all the words formed by the play. The player challenged must then look up the words in question, and if any one of them is found to be unacceptable, the play is removed from the board, the player returns the newly played tiles to his or her rack and the turn is forfeited.

When the game ends, each player’s score is reduced by the sum of his or her unplayed letters. In addition, if a player has used all of his or her letters, the sum of the other player’s unplayed letters is added to that player’s score.

Scoreless turns can occur when a player passes, when a player exchanges tiles, or when a player loses a challenge.

The game is played by two to four players on a square board with a grid of cells, each of which accommodates a single letter tile.

The board is marked with squares, which multiply the number of points awarded: eight dark, red triple-word squares, 17 pink, double-word squares of which one, the center square (H8), is marked with a star or other symbol, 12 dark, blue triple-letter squares, and 24 light blue double-letter squares.

PROS:

Improves spelling

Educates on language skills

Can be played in any language

CONS:

Words are often spelt wrong

People with spelling disadvantages may find the game to difficult

 

Although a complicated game at times, Scrabble is an essential part of a child’s vocabulary skills. By play, improve your spelling and engage in a fun filled game to educate and motivate!

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Scrabble, a word game, can be enjoyed by the whole family!

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