As you all know I am always looking for new ways to get my son reading and working on his vocabulary. When I was approached by the team behind the Fletter word game recently, I decided that it looked like another fun way of getting my son working with words.
The Fletter word game is aimed at anyone aged 8 years of age and over, making a perfect family game. It’s a 110 set card game and is perfectly sized to pop in your bag for fun on days out and on holiday. It can be played with 2-4 players and typical game play lasts for around 20 minutes.
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There are 30 vowel and 66 consonant cards, each with values shown on the bottom and top of the cards, 4 blanks (which can be used to represent any letter), and 10 Fletter cards which are used to deduct 2 points each from final scores.
The idea of the game is to score the most points by putting together the most words as quickly as possible. The game is played in rounds, with the first round making up 3 letter words, second – 4 letter words, and so on.
Make sure you have removed the Fletter cards from the pack first and put those to one side. Shuffle the remaining cards really well before starting the game and divide them face down between the players. Pick a player to start and they place the top card face up in the centre of play, the next player adds a card and so on until there are enough cards in play to start making words. Then everyone can shout out whenever they like with words they can see – 3, 4, 5 or 6 letter words depending on the round. The first player to shout out a word, takes those letters out of play and keeps them to one side to score when the game is finished.
Should the word be wrong or the incorrect number of letters for the round, then the player is handed a Fletter card which will deduct 2 points from their final score.
When all the cards have been played the round is over and each player adds up their scores and deduct any Fletter cards they’ve been handed. The cards are reshuffled and the next round is played in the same way until all four rounds are complete. Then the final scores are tallied and the player with the highest score is the winner of the Fletter word game. Simple.
My eight year old son doesn’t cope too well with everyone shouting out at once so we play this game slightly differently, especially as I’m trying to encourage his spelling and reading skills. Instead of us both shouting out at the same time we each take turns to try to make a word with the letters placed down. If we can both make a different word, the player with the highest score on their word keeps the letters.
He’s also struggled a little to form 6 letter words, an age thing, but it also shows that this is a game that will grow with him and help him increase his vocabulary.
We’ve also used the cards from Fletter to just practice spellings and words that he’s struggled to read in his reading book. We’re travelling down to London later in the week with friends and I’m going to take Fletter with me to entertain the boys on our journey. As I’ve already mentioned, it’s so compact, it makes Fletter word game an ideal travel game.
Priced at £7.00 you can buy the Fletter word game directly online.
disclosure: we were sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review