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Tagsdice, early elementary, tween
I am, admittedly, a bit of a wordsmith. Some of my favorite games growing up were ones that gave people an edge for having a robust vocabulary. As a result, I’m always looking for new and interesting games that use that skill, and Letter Roll is one of them.
Unlike Boggle or Scrabble, where you are confined to the exact set of letters that you are given during any particular turn, Letter Roll allows for a more open-ended creativity with the words that you are assembling. Players take turns rolling the dice, where any four dice are chosen of the available seven. Then, another player removes one die from the pool, and all players are given a set amount of time to write as many words as possible that contain all the letters present on the dice. For example, the letters E, T, and C allows a player to score points using the words “precipitate” and “precipitation,” among many others. You don’t score points for words that any other player has, though, so it encourages creativity.
If you’re looking for a new word-style game for your kids that’s fun, but also teaches how important it is to have a strong command of language, Letter Roll might be the right one for you.