Wednesday, October 5, 2011
TOS Crew Product Review ~ Scruble Cube
Right about now you might be wondering, "What's a Scruble Cube?". Don't worry, I wondered the same thing when I received one (free of charge for review purposes). Turns out, a Scruble Cube is a fun educational game that is something like Scrabble combined with a Rubix Cube.
The cube itself is 4 inches by 4 inches, and has 16 squares per side. Each square has a sticker representing a letter or other game play information on it (like 2x word score or 4x letter score).
Along with the game cube itself, I received a score pad and a sand timer. And lesson plans encompassing science, language arts, mathematics, English and spelling for grades 3-10 are available at the company website, www.ScrubleCube.com.
When you visit the website, check out "Getting Started Tips & Tricks" - it's a great way to learn all about the Scruble Cube. And should you run out of score sheets, there are more online in a printable pdf format along with replacement directions.
A variety of games can be played using a Scruble Cube, including one that helps older students learn about the Periodic Table of Elements and another that teaches younger students about vowel awareness (I thought older siblings could help younger ones spell words with the Scruble Cube - what a nice change of pace from spelling lists to a hands-on learning tool!).
I liked the Scruble Points Game - it requires students to build a word on the cube and find definitions in the dictionary. This game is easy to adapt in a variety of ways to "spice up" traditional spelling and dictionary work and a printable pdf worksheet that accompanies this game is available at the website.
Another fun game is Scruble Make a Sentence. This is a multi student game but homeschoolers are keen at adapting curriculum to suit of family's needs. This game could be used with two siblings; one creates a sentence on the cube while the other works on penmanship and writes the sentence down.
The game I like the best is Scruble Word Math. Spelling becomes more of a challenge when the timer is set and the player with the cube is challenged to make as many 3-letter words as they can before the sand runs out on the timer. You can continue to up the ante - next are 4-letter words, then 5-letter words and so on. It's great for hands-on spelling practice and the challenge the occurs among siblings actually leads to some pretty creative spelling contests!
The Scruble Cube retails for $24.95 and is available online at www.ScrubleCube.com.
Suggested age range is 8 and above, but it can be enjoyed by younger children. And replacement labels (the stickers that go on each individual square) are available for $4.95 at the company website. The website itself is easy to navigate - I really appreciate that!
To read what my fellow members of the TOS Crew had to say about Scruble Cube, click HERE.
Lord bless you as you continue on this amazing journey known as homeschooling!
Day 121 done :)
Jan L. Burt