Tuesday, June 28

Facts about the board game Scrabble

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Joey wants to know if you have ever played Scrabble? Scrabble is a fun game to play with your family and friends. You make words and score points. Did you know that Scrabble was invented by an unemployed architect named Alfred M. Butts? It wasn’t always called Scrabble though. Alfred M. Butts first named the game Lexiko and then it was renamed to Criss Cross Words. Then his friend and business partner came up with the name Scrabble and that is how Scrabble was born.


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Facts about Scrabble:

1. The word game Lexico came out in 1931. Criss Cross Words came out in 1938. In 1948 Criss Cross Words was revamped and renamed as Scrabble.

2. Sometime in the early 1950’s the president of the Macy’s department store acquired the first big order of Scrabble games to sell in the store.

3. By 1954 a little over 3,798,500 Scrabble games were sold. The Scrabble game is now sold in over 120 countries. Over 150 million Scrabble games have been sold all over the world. Scrabble is available in more than 25 different languages. There is even a braille edition for the visually impaired.

4. Scrabble was first sold in Great Britain in 1955.

5. There are 100 tiles in the Scrabble game. 98 of those tiles have letters on them and two tiles are blank.

6. It is believed that Alfred M. Butts was inspired by the crossword puzzles from the New York Times newspaper. The crossword puzzles inspired him to make the game we now know as Scrabble. What a wonderful invention scrabble was and still is today. 

7. In 1989 Hasbro acquired the rights to the Scrabble board games.

8. Sometime in 2004, Scrabble was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

9. The word scrabble means to scratch around with your fingers or grab onto something with your fingers. Sort of like when you reach your hand into the Scrabble bag and pull out which seven (7) tiles you want without seeing what is on them until you put them on the scrabble tile holder.


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Books about Scrabble:

1. Everything Scrabble b Joe Edley

2. Collins Junior Scrabble Dictionary by Evelyn Goldsmith

3. 2nd Grade Word Scrabble Activity Book by Jupiter Kids

4. Scrabble: First Words by Insight Kids

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