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Smart Word Games
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1-2-3 OY! and
A-B-C OY! card games
(numbers or letters) for the younger folks, multi-player or solitaire... lots
- More than just a spelling game, a fun-filled lexical labyrinth of
quick words and quicker wits, a word game where words don't have to be
the biggest to be the best. Players form words by using the letter tiles
and the letters printed on the board, and move through the maze. The
first player to make their way through the colored target spaces, and
reach the end of the maze wins... a different game every time you play!
Fast-paced family fun game, where common knowledge becomes uncommonly
to Apples, Party Box Edition
(ages 12+) The Game of Hilarious Comparisons
- This game receives rave reviews from our gifted community, for
family or group fun!
Also check out... (And for a full list of the words in each set, visit
Munching Apples fan site)
Apples to Apples
Apples to Apples
Box Expansion #1 and
Party Box Expansion #2 more apples, more fun!
(2 or more players, ages 7 and up, younger for language / spelling gifted
kids) (or from
- Grab more tiles, and reorganize existing tiles into new words - the
banana bag stores the game and rules when they're not in use.
Great for vocabulary building or spelling practice, too! And try
Jumbo Bananagrams with twice the tiles, for an extra large crowd!
Blurt! (3-12 players, ages
10+) The uproarious word race
- Blurt!, off the market for several years, is back and better than
ever. Think fast! What word means "a partially dried grape"? Be the
first to say "raisin," and you're on your way to winning this riotous
game of rapid word recall. Players take turns reading clues aloud,
competing to blurt out the correct answer first and move ahead on the
board. The first person or team to circle the board wins. Sounds simple,
but as the race for the right word heats up, and the blurting gets
boisterous, it's easy to get tongue-tied! Great vocabulary builder for
kids, hilarious addition to adult parties and family game night...
Boggle (2-6 players, ages 8 and up) The original 3-minute word search
- Shake up the lettered cubes, drop them into the grid and start the
timer. Then race to see who can list the most words with the
highest point value among the random letter assortment in the grid!
Boggle Jr. or
Boggle To Go
The outrageous game of wild new words! (ages
13 and up) by Out of the Box
- First, a crazy definition is read to the group. Next, players use the
wacky word parts to create wildly funny new words to fit the definition.
Each new word is read out loud, and the "Wordmeister" picks the best one.
Faux·Cabulary—it's where new words come from...
(2-4 players, ages 6 and up, mixed abilities) by
- Spinning the board as you go, take turns placing letter tiles and
earning points for each word you build. As long as letters are adjacent
and in the proper sequence, words may be read in any direction - up,
down, backwards, forwards, or in a sweeping swirl! Can be played at all
skill levels; perfect for the entire family...
3-8 players, ages 10 and up (gifted kids even younger!)
- Draw a category card and in 45 seconds, list as many related words that
come to mind. When the timer runs out, roll the die - if it lands on HIT,
pick a word that you think everyone wrote; if it lands on MISS, pick one
that only you wrote. Choose wisely and score big points...
In A Pickle
(10 and up)
- Creative thinking and outrageous scenarios. Try to win a set of cards
by fitting smaller things into bigger things -- a baby goes in a
bathtub, which is in a house, in Hollywood. Play the fourth word card to
claim the set, unless one of your opponents can trump with a larger word...
(10 and up)
- See it, say it, build it! Two teams race against each other to be the
first to build a structure with the blocks provided, but only the
“Foremen” get to see the blueprint. Good verbal communication is the key
to winning! The game is complicated by challenges to keep it fresh every
time: silent foreman, memory challenges, blind foreman and timed
The Rearranging, Ever Changing Word Jumble Game (ages 8+)
- An addictive, multifaceted word strategy game. Work with 5
letter tiles on your tray and all the letters on the board, rearranging,
adding and trading them, building and claiming longer and longer words
each turn. As you build words horizontally, keep your eyes peeled for a
Jumbulaya, a 7-, 8-, or 9-tile word that can be spelled vertically on
the board. Plan multiple moves ahead to create longer and longer words.
Earns points for all lines you claim, bonus points for using
"letter-combo" tiles, and even more points for being the first to find a
Jumbulaya. The player who earns the most points, wins!
Pywacket (2 to 6 players or
more in teams, also a great solitaire game)
- The ultimate word seek game! Real wooden tiles contain 4 letters
each, double-sided for more combinations, and then distributed in an 8x8
board - it's a new challenge with each game. Find words in adjacent
letters, use letters your opponent already used for double or triple points,
but watch out for "red" letters... Or try
Keesdrow, a smaller version, created in plastic
From paper airplanes to Legos, marbles and jacks, from juggling to peg
solitaire to desktop football, from knitting and sewing to watercolor art to
thumbprint art... There are so many of these great books, they get their own
A to Z
- There's more to do with magnetic letters than you can imagine!
Last Word The uproarious race to have the final say! (2-8 players, ages
- Subject: “Vegetables”…Letter: “C". Players race opponents and the
random-interval timer to yell them out…Carrots! Cucumbers! Corn!
Cauliflower! ‘tick-tick’… The player with the Last Word in before the
timer sounds advances…Oh! Celery! BZZZT!
Legends of Druidawn
- This creative writing game inspires reluctant children to get words onto
In the Beginning... A Crucial Message from the Sleeping Guardian:
I beseech you, do not read any further into this visionary document before
you have first heard my tale. For I hold the secret to the creation of
Druidawn, and in fact, the knowledge to all realms of human myth. It was my
people who brought the gift of magic to Earth thousands of years ago, before
there were castles and knights, before the construction of the Grecian
temples, when the great Egyptian pyramids were nothing but sketches in the
sand... Also visit
Legends of Druidawn
Creative Writing Solutions and the companion website
The World of Druidawn
Roll Everybody's Word Game! (ages
13 and up) by Out of the Box
- Roll the special dice and flip the timer. Players race to list words
containing the three letters shown on the dice. Only words listed by a
single player score points so players are rewarded for their speed and
creative thinking... Adjust the difficulty for various levels by requiring
older / more verbal players to create longer words.
My Word and
My Word Junior
by Out of the Box
- Fast-paced word-building card game - Junior has more vowels and less
difficult letters in the deck
8+ / 3rd grade+) by Educational
- Find all the words you can on the card, but beware, words found by other
players get removed from the score!
Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game (all ages)
- Players create a story together, using cards that show typical elements
from fairy tales. One player is the Storyteller, and creates a story using
the ingredients on her cards. She tries to guide the plot towards her own
ending. The other players try to use cards to interrupt her and become the
new Storyteller. The winner is the first player to play out all her cards
and end with her Happy Ever After card...
word game, from the creators of
- Create words from the letters in your hand, starting with three-letter
words and growing each round. But beware, the longest word isn't
always the best!
players or teams, all ages gifted: as soon as kids can spell words)
- Shake the letters, and race to find the longest word!
Story Cubes by
- Let your imagination roll wild with Rory's Story Cubes! This
pocket-sized creative story generator provides hours of imaginative fun for
all ages. Roll the Story Cubes, nine dice with a different icon on each
side, and look at the face up images. Pick an image to start your story.
Beginning with "Once upon a time...", make up a story that somehow links all
9 face up images. There are no wrong answers!
Roots and More
Roots by Eternal Hearts
- There are 4 different card games in one deck. Each game (or level)
is designed to be fun and stress-free for children and adults alike!
The classic fast-thinking categories game (2-6 players, ages 12+)
- Right off the top of your head name a restaurant, fruit, toy,
Halloween costume, and weapon--and make sure your answers all begin with
the same initial letter. There's 144 different categories to challenge
Scrabble Classic Edition
- After 50 years, it's still the best word game in the world! Also
Game Folio (Travel),
Deluxe Turntable Scrabble,
Scrabble Premier Wood Edition
- A think-fast game of sentence creation. Form a sentence with words
starting with the letters on the letter cards you draw on your turn-but
be quick, before time runs out! A roll of the die determines if you have
30, 45, or 60 seconds to make your sentence. Draw G, R, Q, B, L, and I,
and create... Queen Isabella likes big red grapes; or maybe: Growing
irritated, Robert quits lottery betting. Bonus points for
following your action card...
- Roll six large dice; two dice have only vowels, four dice have only
consonants. All players use the same dice on the same turn. Players copy
the letters from the dice onto paper. Use as many of the dice as you
can, add as many letters as you need. Expand your vocabulary and the
lengths of the words you use by adding on prefixes like: "dis", "un" or
"pre". Score more points and build your vocabulary using suffixes
like: "ably", "ment", and "ness"...
- Quick to learn, always fun and challenging. Players shout out
words as they see them, taking them from the center or stealing from
(ages 8+, 2-8 players)
by Blue Orange Games
- Try to find words containing or excluding the letters shown on the
dice. For example: "Name an object you can fit into a pocket containing
the blue letter." The first player to call out a correct response wins
the card and reads the next challenge. When the cards run out, whoever
has the most cards in the hive wins. Unqiue word challenges and dice
combinations make Speedeebee different every time it's played!
It (ages 7+, or as soon as gifted kids read sight words well, 2-8
by Blue Orange Games
- Simple to learn, but hard to master. Match two cards by picture, word, or
one of each. There's only one match per pair of cards,
Spot It develops visual perception and matching
skills. Practice quick mental processing and sharpen cognitive skills in a
Spot It On the Road,
Spot It MLB,
Spot It NHL or
Spot It Golf. Holiday fun,
Spot It Halloween! For the younger kids, play
Spot It Jr. Animals,
Spot It Alphabet,
Spot It Numbers & Shapes, or
Spot It Basic English. And for foreign language fun,
Spot It Basic Spanish or
Spot It Basic French!
Tale (ages 8+, 2-8 players)
by Blue Orange Games
- A new option to traditional storybooks, your little one can choose a
few of these images for you to tell short stories, or continue the
previous player's story. Develops literacy skills and concept
imagery, with unlimited possibilities and four game variations, Tell
Tale unlocks the creativity within everyone! Also available in
Tell Tale Fairy Tales
Think A Grams
Advanced (C-1), (C-2)
(or buy e-books from
The Critical Thinking Co.) and
- Find the common phrase in the word/picture...
ThinkFun (was Binary Arts) great logic
puzzles and games for all
ages (mostly labeled 8 years and up, but great for gifted kids much
What's Gnu? Smart Mouth for the younger set, ages 4-8, how many
words can be crafted when you only know two out of three letters?
Smart Mouth Stretch your vocabulary and quick thinking skills -
great new addition!
Sense take turns flipping letter tiles and racing to think up
words that contain those letters. Be the first to correctly call out
a word, and keep the tiles. Tiles and dice fit neatly into the
XChange A battle to the last word
- A lightning-fast game that's a battle to make and keep words. First to
spell out six words with letter tiles wins. Other players can steal
words and make them their own. Keep spelling, stealing & spelling some
more! Or try
- It’s not who gets the last word but who gets the most words. A
cross between Scrabble and Connect Four, form as many words as possible
going up, down, forward and backward. But be careful: your
opponent is watching and ready to steal your words!
on the Street by Out of the Box
Hilarious Tug of Words Game! On each turn, one team flips over a
category card. Team members frantically brainstorm words that fit the
category while opposition tries to sidetrack them. The team must agree
on a word one lane closer to their side of the street, all before the
time runs out... Also try
Word on the Street Jr.
Been Sentenced (3-10 players, ages 8+)
- Using a unique word deck of pentagon
shaped cards containing conjugations of funny words, famous names from
throughout history, familiar places, and wild cards, players have to
make grammatically correct and justifiable sentences. The real fun
begins when players have to read their sentences out loud and explain
what they mean to the rest of players. They form the jury and vote
thumbs up or down on whether the sentence and justification stand and
the points are scored...
Think A Gram answer: three degrees below zero!
February 05, 2013