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Spelling Bee

Spelling is becoming the sport of choice for those with the drive and the brainpower. Brush up on your "bee" skills with these spelling toys & games.
Picture Word Puzzles Picture Word Puzzles
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
TREND Enterprises, Inc., $3.99

The object of these card puzzles is to link three cards together to create a picture. If linked correctly, each picture becomes a three letter word illustrated by the picture. The other side of the cards offers another version: when linked correctly the three cards form a short sentence describing the picture on the card.

My Train Spelling Car My Train Spelling Car
Ages: 3 & Up
Maple Landmark, Inc., $19.90

The MY Train Spelling Car can help teach the new learners sounds, rhyming and basic words. Up to thirty word and sounds are created by flipping the 3 letter blocks. Each car is over 6 1/2" long and connect with kid friendly string and pegs.

Clifford Phonics
Ages: 4 - 6 yrs.
Scholastic Inc., $19.95

Ride the Ferris wheel with Jetta, help T-Bone across the tightrope, and inflateparade balloons with Emily Elizabeth and Clifford - all while while buildingphonics, vocabulary, and spelling skills. Win up to 18 different prizes that youcan use to decorate a float for the Big parade!

Leapster Arcade games: Letterpillar Leapster Arcade games: Letterpillar
Ages: 4 - 7 yrs.
LeapFrog Enterprises, $17.99

This charming game reinforces uppercase and lowercase letters, phonics and early spelling skills. With the help of a hungry Letterpillar that loves to eat letters, players "munch" the solutions to word building and letter recognition questions. Players earn points as the Letterpillar grows with each correct answer.

Toot and Otto
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
ThinkFun Inc., $9.99

This simple looking game is filled with opportunities to develop strategic moves as players try to spell the names of their chosen characters, Toot or Otto. Each player is given twelve plastic tiles: six Ts and six Os, each printed on two sides. Players drop lettered tiles into the vertical game board as they move, offensively or defensively, to spell Toot or Otto - from left to right, from up or down or even on the diagonal. Although the game is designed for two players, groups of four or more can form competitive teams.

Spell Time Spell Time
Ages: 5 & Up
Cadaco, $20.98

Color-coded letter tiles fit only into their proper places to spell the 90 words on 15 picture cards. Tiles, cards, and plastic case are sturdy; everything fits into a snap-close case that serves as secure storage, as well as the playing surface. Without the word cards, the tiles alone can be placed into grooves to spell anything the more advanced speller wishes.

Turbo Extreme Handheld
Ages: 6 - 9 yrs.
LeapFrog Enterprises, $34.99

The Turbo Extreme is a portable, one-player, hand-held game that combines the challenge of video games with the challenge of knowledge. Players choose from six different "games": Math Factory, Fact Blaster, Missing Letter, Hazard Math, Hazard Spelling, and Hall of Doors, and answer questions to achieve a high score. This is an extra fun way to keep math and spelling fresh for the kids over summer vacation.

Spellominoes
Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
TREND Enterprises, Inc., $3.99

The object of the game is to be the first player to play all her cards as she creates words by linking Onsets (word beginnings) and Rimes (word endings). The game is played much like dominoes; the first player lays a card in the center of the play area and each player continues play by attaching cards to either the rimes or onsets to create 3,4 or 5 letter words. It is easy to learn, simple to play and can played by as few as one and as many as six.

4-Way Spelldown!
Ages: 6 - 12 yrs.
Cadaco, $19.99

This simple, compact word game has only two loose parts (the dice!) and can be used even beyond the age of 12, as long as the players are of equal ability. Players form words by combining letters rolled on the dice with those printed on flippable keys attached to the game board. The winner is the first to use all ten consonants.

Turbo Twist Spelling Turbo Twist Spelling
Ages: 6 - 12 yrs.
LeapFrog Enterprises, $29.99

An "A" in spelling may be the result - but fast action fun with Turbo Twist Spelling is what it's all about. Learn more than 400 spelling words as you jam to a cool musical beat with Turbo Twist Spelling. Eight great easy-to-remember Rappin' Spelling Rules include helpful hints, such as the "i before e" rule. Turbo Twist adapts to a child's current ability, then challenges them to master the next level of learning.


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