Crossword Cubes is a combination of anagrams and crosswords. The player rolls the 13 letter dice and tries to use as many as possible to make a crossword shape (think your own personal scrabble board with only 13 letters). If you are able to use all 13 letter cubes, you get a bonus 20 points! Anything you don’t use counts against you!
Since we love word games in our house, this has been an instant hit! We have left it on the counter with a running scoreboard beside it. My husband, 9 year old and myself take our turn when we pass the counter while we’re cooking supper or waiting to get ready for school in the morning!
This is a game I can put in a ziploc bag and toss in the glove compartment. I love the portability and low-tech, no complicated rules kind of game. Bonus: My son is reinforcing his spelling skills and having a ball!
How high can you roll without rolling a 1? Each player takes turns rolling the 2 dice and keeps a running score. You can roll as many times as you want, but if you roll a 1, you lose all your points for that hand. You start with a pile of chips and pay the kitty every time you roll a 1. You keep a running score and try to get to 100 first! Your goal is to get the highest score on the paper!
I have a 4 & 6 year old who also love to play games and are learning to add single digits, so we made a few modifications. Since each color chip has a point value (white =1, red = 5, and blue = 10 points), we let them count out their score with chips instead of keep the score on paper. They were able to see the pile in front of them grow (or shrink when they rolled 1) and could tell where they were in the game. When we just kept score on paper, they quickly lost interest because the numbers just blurred for them.
This is another really portable game. Technically, you wouldn’t even have to have chips. By having 2 dice in the car, at the doctors office, or at a picnic table, we can play this game anywhere! Love games that have just a few pieces and rules that we can all keep up with.
Not only is this game fun, but it will really help enforce the math concepts I need my kids to improve on!
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