Smarty, our new game has arrived!This is a game for age 8-98, copyright 2010 by Dale Harder.
I love word games such as Scrabble, Boggle, Upwords, Wordplay and Perquackery. They're all wonderful and great fun to play but they have things that could be improved , hence the need for a new game called Smarty. Good for home schooling and passing the SAT.
Expand your vocabulary and the lengths of the words you use by adding on prefixes like: "counter" (against) as in "counter-terrorism" ; "extra" (beyond or outside of the usual thing) as in "extraterrestrial (outside of the planet Earth ; "mega" (very large or many) as in "megatons." e check the dictionary to make sure we spelled them right.
Smarty is played with six large dice with letters on them (see the photos). Players take turn rolling the dice, and all players get to use the same dice on the same turn (better than Scrabble). Players do this by copying the letters from the dice onto paper in front of them.
Two of the dice have nothing but vowels and the other four dice have only consonants. This avoids one of the problems of Scrabble and Boggle. In Scrabble some players get luckier draws for letters than others; not so in Smarty. Every letter of the alphabet is included here but letters used more frequently in our language appear more often on the dice.
Scrabble boards are limited to where you can make a play--for example you have to play off of a previous word except for the first turn. Also, towards the end of a Scrabble game you may have great tiles but no place to play them. This is not a problem in Smarty.
Boggle's limitations are that you can only use words where the letter cubes are touching each other and that you can't use the same word as someone else; not so in Smarty.
What else is really different about Smarty?
1. You have to use at least four or the six letters rolled to make words but you get to add other letters besides those rolled on the dice. You can make words up to 18 letters long.
2. There are also options for geography, history, science and math.
1. Six polished one-inch dice with letters on them.
2. A convenient carrying bag--for pocket or purse.
3. Directions explaining several versions.
You need to provide:
1. Paper and pencils for each person
2. A timer capable of timing 4 minutes (a watch or clock is okay).
3. A good dictionary or www.dictionary.com .
How to order Smarty (the dice word game):
1. Order from PayPal with the amount payable to daleharderEP@gmail.com. For orders in the USA please send $10.95 + $3.00 for shipping & handling for 1st class mail; for priority mail substitute $5 for s&h.
For two or more games each game is only $9.95 apiece; s&h is only $1 for each additional game. Californians please add $1.30 sales tax--we'll pay the rest. Canadian orders add $8 more to s&h above. Other countries add $10 more.
2. Or you can order by sending a money order, cashier's or personal check (up to 2 weeks for the last to clear) to: Education Plus, 18584 Carlwyn Dr, Dept. W, Castro Valley CA 94546-0232.
If you have further questions you can email us at the email address above.
Mind Bogglers is a set of six cards used to guess a number from someone in the audience. This is a great ice-breaker for a party, for a group of teachers entertaining each other, or as an interest-getter. I used this as my opener when giving a speech. Feedback from this critical-thinking game told me that I hit a homerun out of the park.
1. How to play: The person doing the number-guessing asks for someone in the audience to think of a whole number between 1 and 60 and to then tell the rest of the audience or write it on a blackboard that only the audience can see.
2. The guesser then shows the audience each of the six Mind Boggler cards in turn and asks them only to raise their hands when they see the number appear on a card. The number may appear on anywhere from one to all six of the cards. When folks raise their hands they're not to say anything to give the number away to the guesser.
3. After the guesser has shown all six cards to the audience and they in turn have responded he then correctly tells them what the mystery number is. Directions for "guessing" the number is included with the cards.
4. After the guesser has performed this trick three times he may ask the audience if anyone can explain the trick. He may allow the explainer to come forward and try the trick on the audience him/herself.
5. Good for schools from grade 2 up thru college and beyond.
To order: send a check, money order or pay by Paypal to daleharderEP@gmail.com . If mailing the check or money order the check should be made out to Education Plus and mailed to Education Plus, 18584 Carlwyn Dr, Dept W, Castro Valley CA 94546-0232. Please send $8.95 plus $2 shipping & handling for 1st class mail. Californians please add 9% sales tax on merchandise including shipping. If you order more than one set just add $1 S&H for each additional set.
Hundred Boards (grades K-3) Use for numeral recognition, number order, patterns in learning place value, addition and subtraction. Heavy plastic-coated 10" squares designed for school use with numbers on one side and black squares on the other. Sets of five including shipping and handling are $8.95. For each additional set of five add $5 more To order: To order: send a check, money order or pay by Paypal to daleharderEP@gmail.com . If mailing the check or money order the check should be made out to Education Plus and mailed to Education Plus, 18584 Carlwyn Dr, Dept W, Castro Valley CA 94546-0232.
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We can help prepare your child for state testing and the SAT.
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