Help Build Vocabulary Skills: Souped-Up Words

Children practice their spelling skills in this homemade version of Scrabble. They also expand their vocabularies by learning new words from their peers.

What this activity will develop:
Vocabulary and thinking skills

What you'll need:
• Dried alphabet soup mix
• Sheets of black construction paper
• Spoon

Up to 20 players

What to do:
1. Each player gets a sheet of black construction paper. One player is the scorekeeper and one player is the timekeeper.

2. Pour a spoonful of alphabet soup mix onto each player's paper. Players can have a minute to organize their letters.

3. When the timekeeper says "Go," the players have five minutes to try to make as many words as possible from the letters.

4. After five minutes, the timekeeper says "Time, " The players then have three minutes to trade their unused letters.

5. The players then have three more minutes to use their new letters to make more words.

6. After three minutes, the timekeeper says "Stop." The players then add up their scores and report them to the scorekeeper. Points are scored as follows:

two-letter words: 2 points
three-letter words: 5 points
four-letter words: 7 points
five-letter words: 10 points
six-letter words: 12 points
seven-letter words: 15 points

7. Keep score for each round of play, and play to 200, 300, or 400 points.

Make the game more challenging by giving the players less time, not allowing two-lefter or three-letter words, or giving extra points for words that use Q, V, X, and Z.


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