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Scrabble Scramble

scrabble-scramble

If you are looking for a fun game that EVERYBODY can play, this is it!

Before the game begins…

Use a computer and printer to print letters on to sheets of paper (approximately 6 per sheet.) Then cut out each letter and put them in a plastic bag (like a Ziploc). Every bag needs to have the EXACT same letters. You can put 6-10 letters in each bag. Here is what I recommend.

3 Vowels (E, A, O)

6 Frequently-Used Consonants (R, S, T, L, K, B)

4 Moderately-Used Consonants (M, D, P, N)

3 Infrequently-Used Consonants (X, Q, Z)

You can use different letters! Just make sure that every team gets 1 bag each…with the exact same letters in them. Otherwise, it’s unfair.

Teams need to be 4-5 people big. The game leader needs to be on the stage calling the shots. The game leader will say stuff like, “The first team to make up a word that might appear on a McDonald’s menu wins 100 points.” Teams then scramble to come up with that word, arrange their letters accordingly, and then shout out “Scrabble!” If the game leader agrees with the word, they get 100 points. The team with the most points at the end wins!

Here are a few cool phrases that will get you going. You can add your own to my list.

250 Points
The team to come up with the longest word in 30 seconds.
The team to come up with the most words 4 letters long (or more) in 1 minute.
The first team to come up with the name of an animal.
The first team to come up with the name of a city, state or country.
The first team to come up with the name of a professional sports team.

500 Points
The first team to come up with the name of a food.
The first team to come up with the COMPLETE name of a movie.
The first team to come up with the name of a household appliance.
The first team to come up with the name of a vehicle.
The first team to come up with the name of a plant.

750 Points
The first team to come up with the last name of a movie star or musical artist.
The first team to come up with a word that deals with outer space.

1000 Points
The first team to come up with the name of a person in the Bible.
The first team to come up with a 2-syllable word

Idea by Dan

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Jonathan McKee

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    Anne
    September 28, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Quick question: You suggest putting 6-10 letters in per bag but if we put in all your "suggested" letters, that's 16 letters. So I am wondering which instruction is right?

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