To celebrate, I have a fun, paper version that’s great for kids or when you’re without power (like during one of those surprisingly common crazy storms, when you’re camping or surviving the zombie apocalypse). This game only requires a pen, paper and a pair of dice.
- Paper – I lied, you’ll need two pieces of paper – one will be blank and one you’ll download here:
- Pair of dice – okay, okay, you could get away with just a single die
How-To Play Pen & Paper Word Science
- Get your letters!
- Roll one die and find that number in the top row.
- Now, roll your second die and find the number in the first column.
- Look at the intersection to figure out which letter you got. For example, if I rolled a 4 and then a 3 – I would get a P.
- Do this 7 times (or until you have 7 letters).
- Set your timer for 2 minutes, hit start, and…
- Spell, spell spell! Spell as many words as you can with your 7 letters until the timer goes off.
- Score your words. Each letter in a word is worth a point. For example, “R-A-I-N-B-O-W” would be worth 7 points.
- Whoever has the highest score wins this round! Play as many rounds as you’d like and keep track of your scores on the blank sheet of paper.
Alternative Ways To Play
- For a single-player game – see if you can beat your last score.
- For a competitive game – see if you can beat other players’ scores.
- For a cooperative game – have everyone work together to beat a cumulative high score.
- For a little more challenge – decrease your timer’s time to 1 minute.
- For little kids who can’t spell yet – you can turn this into an educational game. Let them identify the numbers on the dice and the letters that they got. To reduce the tension, you may want to get rid of the timer for this one.
And, that’s how you play Pen & Paper Word Science!