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Language Games

Words, Words, Words! And Sentences...

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Do you have a kid who love words and letters?  Verbally gifted kids just love letters, words, and word play, so these games are perfect for them.  Most of the games here can be played by the whole family and are challenging for both the kids and the adults.

1. You've Been Sentenced!

This sentence-building game consists of 540 five-sided cards.& Each card has five different grammatical variations of the same word (i.e. wish, wishes, wished, wishing, wisher). Working with a hand of ten cards, players try to create the longest grammatically correct sentence -- that makes sense! Players can challenge the grammar and sense of other players' sentences. The challenger and the challenged player then plead their cases to the "jury," which consists of the rest of the players. Much of the fun comes from these challenges. The game is for three to ten players, ages 8 and up. It's great fun for the whole family.

2. Sentence Says Game

Sentence Says isa sentence creation game consisting of 73 cards: 40 action cards, 22 consonant cards, 6 vowel cards, and 5 "steal" cards. Players must create proper sentences using the cards they are dealt.  Words in the sentence must begin with the letters on the alphabet cards that players have been dealt.  The game is for two to six players, ages 8 and up.

3. Smart Mouth Game

The challenge of Smart Mouth is to create words that begin and end with specific letters. Sliding the "Letter Getter" device back and forth will reveal the two letters on lettered tiles. The first player to think of a word of five or more letters and yell it out gets to take those two tiles. The player with the most tiles at the end of the game is the winner. The game ends when the "Letter Getter" is empty. The game is for two or more players ages 8 and up. Players can play individually or in teams.

4. Bananagrams

If you think Scrabble is a fun game, then you'll appreciate Bananagrams. Like they do in Scrabble, Players use tiles to create words in crossword style, up and down and across. However, unlike Scrabble, Bananagrams requires nothing but the tiles. No paper, pencil or special board is needed. The first player to use up all their tiles wins. The tiles come in a cute banana-shaped pouch, which makes it easy to carry the game around. Bananagrams is for kids ages 7 and up. One big plus is that kids can play with the tiles by themselves, seeing how many words they can create.

5. Apples to Apples Junior

Apples to Apples Junior is a version of the award winning Apples to Apples game for younger players (ages 9 and up). The game consists of 576 cards, red apple cards and green apple cards. Players are dealt red apple cards, each of which contains a noun. The dealer, or judge, plays a green apple card, which contains an adjective. Players then lay down the card in their hand that they think is best described by the judge's adjective. Goofy monkeys? Goofy sand castles? Players need to convince the judge that their match is the best one. The winner of the round is the one whose combination is picked by the judge. The first player to win four rounds wins the game. Players take turns being the judge.

6. Up for Grabs!

Up for Grabs! is a game made up of 100 hexagon-shaped letter tiles. The letters are turned over one at a time, and the first player to see a word gets to take the tiles and place the word on the game board. A player can take over the word of another player by adding at least one new letter to it at any time. The longer the word, the more points it has. At the end of the game, the score is added up and the player with the highest score wins. The game is for four or more players, ages 8 and up.

7. Word Pirates Game

Word Pirates is a unique scrabble like game that is easy enough for beginning readers but challenging enough for adults. Each player is a "pirate" who must create a path to the "booty" with words and bridges. The game includes 100 letter dice, 1 jumbo die, a game board, 4 pirate pawns, 10 bridge pieces and 10 wall pieces. The wall pieces can be used to block the other pirates from reaching the booty! Word pirates is a game of spelling and strategy for two to four players, ages 6 and up.

8. Syzygy Game

I have no idea how to pronounce the name of this game, but I do know that it is another unique twist to the Scrabble-like games. All the tiles from the game are placed face down, and then each player draws nine. Players use their tiles to create their own Scrabble-like crosswords, but they can expand and even rearrange them as they draw more tiles. When a player runs out of tiles, he shouts "Draw!" Everyone must stop and draw another tile. Players must spell words correctly to win the game. The game is for ages 9 and up, and for up to 12 players! There are instructions for different variations of the game -- even a solitaire version for a single player!

9. Royalty Word Card Game

The Royalty Word card game has been described as a cross between Scrabble and Rummy. It consists of a deck of cards, but instead of numbers, the cards have letters. Players can "capture" the words of another player by adding at least one letter and rearranging the letters to form a new word. Since it's a deck of cards that doesn't require a game board, it is easily transportable. The game is for two or more players, ages 6 and up. It also has a solitaire game play version.
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