The Bottom Line
- Challenging and entertaining
- Encourages alphabet and word-building skills
- Can be frustrating due to limited number of vowel tiles.
- Game consists of 104 plastic alphabet tiles are stored in a soft green "pear" pouch.
- The 104 tiles consist of four full sets of an alphabet, each one in a different "style": outline, dots, lines, and solid.
- More than one variation of game play is possible.
- Game is for two to four players, ages five and up. Gifted kids as young as three might enjoy the game.
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In another variation of the game, players are able to use tiles from other sets. Points are assigned to the words depending on whether the letters are from the same set or from mixed sets.
One potential problem with the game is that, unlike Scrabble, there are a limited number of vowels and commonly used consonant. However, gifted kids, particularly, the older ones, can find that to be challenging, and we know gifted kids love a challenge! I can also imagine kids creating their own game variations, creating even more game play.
Kids can also play with the tiles on their own. Verbally gifted kids will no doubt enjoy using the tiles to create as many words as they can.
Whether playing alone or with others, kids can learn consonants and vowels and alphabetical order. They can also learn or practice word building and vocabulary skills.