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What to do with this activity?

Scrabble is a board game that might increase your child’s vocabulary, and so build writing and reading skills. It is played with small white "tiles". Each tile has a letter of the alphabet on it, and tells you the value of that letter if you manage to place it on the board. Working with the tiles you get, you try to make words to place on the board. Longer words usually score more points.

If you don't have the game, most toy shops and bigger stationery shops will have it, or another version called "Junior Scrabble". Play the game with your child. Have a dictionary nearby to check the spellings of words, or whether a word someone is suggesting is really a word at all. If you are not familiar with using a dictionary, find out more here

You can play word games any time, any where. Choose a word, for example “stationery”, and have a competition to see how many other words you can make from those letters - for instance "state, "ton", "yes". 

  • Why am I doing this?

    Playing is one of the most effective ways children learn. It builds your child’s concentration and thinking skills as well as building their skills in using numbers, seeing patterns and being able to group things together. Playing games with others helps their social skills and gives them a chance to practice things they have heard and seen.

  • How can I do more?

    Playing games that involve words are great for increasing your child’s vocabulary. Games that involve dices and numbers help with maths and logical reasoning.

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