Pick Two

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Is it a scrabble game gone wild or a fast-paced, hands-on, kid-tested and approved alternative to boring spelling programs? Both! It's a challenging crossword puzzle you make - without a board. It's also versatile - besides the two basic games (Pick Two and Count Down), there's a whole sheet of suggested ideas for other games. You may even invent a few of your own!

In Pick Two, players each form their own crosswords, racing against one another to use all their tiles. Unlike similar games, players are allowed to undo parts of their puzzles, if necessary, to use more of their tiles. In Count Down, players are racing against a timer instead of each other, each with the same number of tiles to use. After 1 minute, play ends and points are awarded according to the number of tiles used.

Another variation is to choose ten tiles at random, then each player forms as many words from the tiles as possible. Longer words score more points. Decide in advance whether words duplicated on other players' lists will score.

We've always enjoyed word games - but some are too slow moving or difficult for different ages to play together. This game is one we can all play together because we're each working on our own puzzles. The play is fast-paced and exciting - but you have to know how to spell correctly to win. Incorrect spellings don't count! Materials include a generous 180 sturdy, plastic letter tiles (large enough even for smaller hands), a score pad, pencil, and timer.

One of our own inventions is to give the children all the tiles they each need to make all of their vocabulary words (if they spell them correctly), set a time limit and go. After crosswords are completed, each word must also be correctly defined to count in the score!

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Pick Two Game Item #: 014366
Grades: 3-Adult
Retail: $16.00
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