My husband and I love word games. When we got married we would have tournaments involving a popular word board game and come up with all sorts of themes, rules and variations to play.
Then we were blessed with two vibrant active children and our game times were all but eliminated. We just didn’t have the time to drag out a game board and spend a few hours playing together like we used to. And when we do have the time, we were too exhausted to put forth the effort.
Recently, we heard about Typecrush. Typecrush is a word game like none other. Each letter is color coded according to it’s frequency of use in the English language. The tiles are circular and there is no game board. Pretty much the only rule is that whomever solves the word gets to lay down the next word. Someone decides on a word, lays it out upside down and the opponent guesses what the word is, the color of the tiles helps to determine what letters were used. The rest of the game is totally up to the players.
Aimed for ages about 7 and up, but you can easily adapt it for younger children. And what is even better, is that you can play with however many people you want. Giant fun game hangman style? Do it! (that will really get the kids going!) Want to keep score? Figure out your own scoring system. When HubbaHubba and I played we scored it like a game of golf in reverse. Length of word was what you could score, each wrong letter guess got a point taken off. If you guessed the word with letters yet to be flipped, those were worth two points each. You can score it any way you want if you are into that sort of thing yourself. Or even use pennies to keep track of score, or small candies.
HubbaHubba and I also chose a few themes that we had to base our words on when we played. One night it was all words that you could associate with marriage. You can choose any theme you want, or no theme at all. What about going through and using it to reinforce your childrens’ spelling or vocabulary words? The options are as limited as your ideas.
I am so looking forward to using Typecrush in our homeschool this year. It will add a fun new dimension to our spelling lessons! Very hands-on, great for the kinestetic learner in your group. Who said spelling is only boring repetitious drills? It isn’t with Typecrush!
I absolutely love how adaptable this game is for different playing styles, educationally, and even for different abled individuals. I have never seen such an open ended, full of possibilities game as this before. It is an extremely welcome addition not just for our school, but also for fun family game nights, and time spent laughing with HubbaHubba after our two little sweetums are tucked into bed. Each time we’ve played it, we’ve played it differently. I am normally a rules oriented person (gee, I’m not a first born am I?) but I have found the fun in chucking the “rules” when playing this game.
You can find Typecrush at their WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, and PINTEREST. The game can be purchased online from Typecrush for $25.00 currently with free shipping. You can’t go to a movie as a family for that price anymore, and this will bring way more long term fun and enjoyment.