Boredom Busters: Word Games from Educational Insights

Summer always seems to be a big time for games in our house. We typically have Family Game Night on Friday night. In the summer, we play games on the back deck, take games to the pool and also when we travel. Games are such a great way to enjoy the nice weather and to have quality time with family.

We had such a great time with Word on the Street that we are taking it with us this weekend when we visit friends.  They are big gamers and I am sure this will have us all strategically thinking of words to move letters from the board.

Games are also a great way to keep the education going while on break and while having fun. Today, we are looking at Word Games from Educational Insights. Check out these fun games and pick one up for your family this summer!

Wordical Game by Learning Resources


The radical dice-rolling, word-building race. Roll the vowel dice and combine the letters with the consonant cards in your hand—build the highest-scoring word and you win the round. But you’d better hurry—the last word made scores only one point. Grades 3+/Ages 8 to Adult

This is a travel game for us as it is all housed in a convenient tin. This is also great because it can be played with as little as 2 players. We found it easier and quicker and more portable than Scrabble. The game promotes reading and spelling – you will get quicker with this game over time as you learn to read and spell quicker. This game is also very versatile, in that you can adjust the rules or create new games from what you’re given.

The nitty-gritty:• Includes 108 consonant cards, 2 vowel dice, and guide• Develops word building, spelling, and vocabulary• For 2 to 8 players

Blurt The Uproarious Word Race Game


Think fast. What word means “a partially dried grape”? Be the first player to say “raisin,” and you’re on your way to winning this riotous game of rapid word recall. Players take turns reading clues aloud, competing to blurt the correct answer first and move ahead on the board. The first person or team to circle the board is the winner. Sounds simple, right? But as the race for the right word heats up and the blurting gets boisterous, it’s easy to get tongue-tied. Blurt is a great vocabulary builder for the kids, a hilarious addition to adult parties, and a must for a family game night. For 3-12 players. Ages 10 and up. Includes a Junior version for ages 7-9.

If you like party games and if you like shouting and laughing, this is the perfect game.

Word on the Street

Word on the Street

Buckle up and get in the fast lane to fun with Word on the Street, the hilarious tug of words! Draw a category card and set the timer to think of the best possible word to fit the selected category. Move the consonants in your chosen word to your side of the street before time runs out! First player to move a letter all the way off the board claims the letter tile. The first wordsmith to collect 8 letter tiles wins!

Word on the street is a fun game that encourages kids to answer a question – “name a player’s family members” with answers that start with certain letters of the alphabet. To mix things up, there are a couple of different ways that you can play too. Great fun all the while learning!

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