Thursday, October 6, 2011

Scruble Cube Review for TOS

It's Scrabble.  No, it's a Rubik's Cube.  No, it's Scruble Cube!  The makers of Scruble Cube call it a word game meets puzzle on steroids!  Scruble Cube can be played individually, with other players, or as team play.  Scruble Cube is an educational game that helps build vocabulary, spelling skills, and logic/problem solving skills.  Simply playing Scruble Cube will build your child's vocabulary- just like playing Scrabble, but there's the additional challenge of spatial reasoning since it's a 3D word game.  However, the makers of Scruble Cube have not left the educational aspect of their puzzle game undeveloped.  A variety of lesson plans incorporating Scruble Cube, for classroom or homeschool use, are available for free download on their website.

I had my 12 and 10 year olds play Scruble Points with worksheet.  I gave each child 15 minutes to fill out their worksheets which required they construct one three-letter, one four-letter, and one five-letter word.  The worksheet also provided spaces to calculate points earned and write the dictionary definition of their words.  To make it extra fun, I offered a Starbucks to the winner.  Surprisingly, my 10 year old daughter won.  She was going with quick, easy, low-point words, whereas my 12 yr old son got hung up on trying to build a big point word and never finished.  This was interesting to me.  I guess it shows their different personalities.  (She always finishes school at least an hour before him, but not usually with his high marks.)

I just had to show this:  I got oxy a 12 point word that doubled to 24 points.  Not bad for one word, huh?  My entire family challenged me, but oxy really is a word.  It's an adjective, not a prefix, meaning "containing oxygen or additional oxygen".  I say it counts.

Scruble Cube comes with instructions and diagrams showing how to move squares to different positions.  You do have to be careful that everything is lined up just right or you can't twist the rows and columns easily.  My husband and younger kids had trouble with this : ).  Scruble Cube is not limited to one particular age group.  As they say, "If you can spell, you can play."  Their lesson plans are geared for 3rd grade and up. 

You can purchase Scruble Cube for $24.95 on the Scruble Cube website.  You can also visit Scruble Cube on facebook to stay up to date with the latest conversation about Scruble Cube.

If you're interested, but not hooked yet, check out other TOS reviews of Scruble Cube.

Disclaimer:  I received a free Scruble Cube and no other compensation for writing this review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. Nice job on the 24 point word! A girl after my own heart! Nobody will ever play word games with me anymore, but with this, I could play alone!
    Thanks for the review! -Catherine



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