Scrabble

Common Sense Media says

Fantastic version of board classic with lots of tools.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Electronic Arts left no stone unturned in decking this game out with conveniences. Instantly recall tiles when a word doesn't work out. Rearrange the rack by shaking the phone. The "best word" tool keeps four freebies on hand for when you get stuck. Wonder if you could have done better? Tap Teacher to see what the CPU would have played. The only flaw is that random Facebook matchups take too long to set up.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

The main menu leads to an ad for another good Electronics Arts game, Rock Band.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

If kids' Facebook friends aren't into Scrabble, they can ask Facebook to match them with a stranger. Curious partners can initiate conversations in the private chat room and pop out to see the other's profile, but kids will remain safe as long as they don't give out personal info.

 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this classic game is a great way for kids to build their vocabularies. There's a pass-and-play option for safely playing with friends, or kids can invite friends to play over Facebook with chat. There's also a Facebook random matchup, but before parents OK that option, they'll want to remind kids not to give out personal info. The iPad-only HD version of the app includes additional features such as "Party Play Mode," where you can play with up to four friends, using your iPhone or iPod Touch as a tile rack.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • spelling
  • vocabulary

Math

  • multiplication

Hobbies

  • board games

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy
  • thinking critically

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Scrabble fans will love being able to play anytime, anywhere, solo or with friends, or with online groups. Many built-in features enhance the experience of this classic game.

Learning Approach

With opportunities to play against others, kids can get social while learning some vocab skills. Critical-thinking and logic skills are baked right into the fun of gameplay.

Support

Options include a Dictionary feature (which doesn't look up words) and a Teacher feature, which shows the highest-scoring combination of letters possible with your tiles. There is one level of play.  

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • spelling
  • vocabulary

Math

  • multiplication

Hobbies

  • board games

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy
  • thinking critically

Kids can learn vocabulary words and spelling as they strategically place their tiles to form words with the highest points. And they'll need to use math to maximize their scores. The Scrabble app is an adaptation of the board game and can be even more enjoyable with its smart, intuitive design and features. A teacher feature can be turned on to recommend the word that would have gotten you the most points after each turn. Kids have the option of playing with friends using Facebook Connect or challenging random opponents. Scrabble improves upon the traditional board game for learning vocab and spelling.

This Learning Rating review was written by Jinny Ree

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

The Scrabble app is a replica of the board game that's designed for both the avid player and the novice. Players receive a set of seven tiles and place tiles on the board to make words, trying to maximize on the premium squares to beat their opponents. Kids have the option of playing with friends over Facebook or having random matchups. The chat feature allows kids to communicate with other players, so there's an additional social element to the game.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Scrabble stands out as a truly exceptional games for kids. It's loaded with tools that make coming up with words a fun learning experience. The game makes excellent use of the iPhone's pinch-and-expand finger controls to zoom in and out of the board. Kids can even play and chat with up to three Facebook friends at once.

Families can talk about...

  • Play Scrabble with your kids. Add some variety by playing the traditional board game sometimes, and the app other times.

  • Encourage kids to note the words the teacher feature proposes. Do they know the word? If they don't know the word, encourage them to research the meaning.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$7.99
Pricing structure:Free, Paid
Release date:April 8, 2010
Category:Board Games
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Version:1.3.14

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 13 year old Written bychenziesmomma August 1, 2010
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12
QUALITY
 

Great for older children and tweens!

I think that this is a great app, it gives children a chance to figure out how to spell without being told. I think that self-directed learning is a great thing!
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Educator Written bydebora_reports July 12, 2010
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Fun for younger kids with parent help

My daughter loves scrabble on the ipad. She is only 6, so I give her clues - put up the first two letters of a word and let her finish it. But it's fun, and a great way to keep kids entertained on a long roadtrip!
Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck July 28, 2010
AGE
4
QUALITY
 

One of the few apps that shows what the iPhone is capable...

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