Junior Scrabble – Review

Another game from our Fun Times Board Game Hamper from Mattel – This time we choose to play Junior Scrabble.

Suitable for children from around aged 5 and up, this is the perfect way to introduce your younger children to the wonderful world of Scrabble.

It’s actually 2 games in one, One easier picture based version to get children used to using the board and tiles. Then a more simplified version of the more familiar Scrabble board, with some helpful hint words dotted around the outside.

Firstly Thomas(7), Jacob(5) and I (?) sat down to play the beginner picture side of the board, before me and Thomas were going to turn over and progress onto the real thing.

Words and Pictures

The words and pictures game is a lovely board, scattered with colourful pictures of simple words, and part of those words letters printed onto the board. To play the game each player gets 5 tiles, and firstly you simply match the tiles with the printed letters on the board.

This is such a simple way to get even the youngest of players used using the board, and seeing how when words are placed they can run into other words.

It also negates the pressure of thinking of the words, and the embarrassment of spelling a word wrongly.

Once all the printed letters have started to be filled up, looking at the pictures and letters already down your youngster should by now feel confident enough to start putting down some of the missing letters to complete the word. Of course it’s all dependant on age, Jacob was quite happy to simply tile up the printed letters at first, but once he’d added the N for ant, he was really enthused and suddenly got very interested.

Jacob did need a bit help at the end once all of the printed letters had been filled, and it was left to complete some of the longer words, but Thomas did it all on his own and ended up winning.

This game was brilliant for us, both the boys enjoyed playing, and it was obviously great for helping them both with their spelling and reading skills. A big thumbs up from all of us.

Colours and Counters

This game is played on the other side of the game board, which is more like a normal scrabble board, just slightly simplified.

I’m not sure why this game is called Colours and Counters, as the counters are not used for this game. Unless its counters as in counting points, which you earn for placing down your words. Anyway, no matter, it’s still fun.

This game is essentially a normal Scrabble game. You place the tiles down in the same way, however the scoring is different. There are no number values on the letter tiles in this game, each tile is worth 1. That is unless you place your tile on one of the coloured squares – for each blue square used you add 2 points to the word, and 3 points if your word is placed over a red square.

The only other difference is that each player only has 5 letter tiles to work with, rather than the usual 7.

Me and Thomas played this together straight after the easier version, and even though he said he preferred the other game, I think that was only because this one required him to use his brain a bit more. Once he gets a bit more practice, and as he gets a bit older I can see this becoming one of our favourite games.

It wasn’t the making of words so much that he had a problem with, as he is very good at spelling. It was the general scrabble placement of words that he had a bit of trouble getting his head around. The fact that even though you can put a word down, you have to watch for the nearby tiles making up nonsense words. I’m sure after a few games he will get it, but initially I suppose it’s a hard concept to understand.

Scrabble Junior is a fun inviting way to introduce younger children to the simple joys of Scrabble, and as there are two games to play it will grow with your child and give you years of play.


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