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Blind Spell

Blind Spell

Spring 2012 Games
Ages: 7 & Up
Manufacturer: MindWare
Price: $19.95

On first inspection, Blind Spell looked too simple. I didn't think it would hold my children's attention, but then we played it and couldn't stop. It requires both spelling and good sensory skills, plus the ability to laugh at your sometimes goofy results.

One player picks a word for another player to spell - a three-letter word or longer depending on the difficulty level you desire. The speller puts on the blindfold glasses and gets a handful of letters - the ones in the word to be spelled plus some extras to throw her off. The challenge, then, is to arrange the letters by feel into the correctly spelled word before the timer sounds.

It's harder than it seems, but you can adjust for difficulty in several ways. By using a stopwatch, for instance, instead of the timer included with the game, you can add or subtract seconds to make a round easier or harder.

To trip up opponents, players must be smart about word choices and pick words whose letter combinations won't be easily evident by touch.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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