Going Beyond Scrabble: 5 Great Mobile Word Games for Family Time

Scrabble is probably the all-time king of word games. It encourages creative thinking, provides a competitive challenge, and can even help you build your vocabulary. It’s not a very portable game, though. Modern technology has made it a lot easier to take Scrabble on the road. Today the officially-licensed mobile version of Scrabble takes the form of an app (for either iOS or Android) developed by Electronic Arts.

What if your taste for word games is expansive enough to look beyond Scrabble? Here are some other great options for feeding your word game passion wherever and whenever you want to:

1. Words With Friends / Wordfeud

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Of course, Scrabble is an old enough game to give it new life as a public domain property. Words With Friends is probably the single most popular version of the game on mobile devices today, and it’s not hard to see why. It has a very well-crafted interface and features a clean, smooth design. Its vast popularity ensures that you’ll never have trouble finding an opponent for a casual match. Of course, if you’re serious about playing the game competitively, the real Scrabble app gives you access to official score tracking. Its game experience actually falls short of Words With Friends, though, making Zynga’s app the go-to choice for casual gamers. Wordfeud is another refined take on the concept, and it’s particularly popular with people who don’t care for Zynga apps.

2.  Word Cookies.

This game is created by Bitmango a leader in puzzle mobile games development. The game is very funny and is gaining a lot of popularity lately.  The way you solve this game is by creating words with a given set of letters. For beginners that are learning english this is a very good game to learn new words. If you get stuck at any level and you really need help you can use this website www.wordscookiesanswers.com to find the answers for the game.

3. Dabble

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For some reason, this syllable resonates with word game fans — or, at least, the developers who design games for them. In Dabble, you’re presented with a pyramid-shaped board containing 20 letter tiles. Your goal is to rearrange the tiles and end up with five words. (You want one each of 3, 4, 5, and 6-letter words.) Why does this relatively simple set-up produce addictive gameplay? It’s the sheer challenge of working with five different letter racks at once! It also helps that you’re competing against the clock: You only get five minutes to make your changes and find your words.
4. WordSearch Unlimited

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For a game with a more relaxed pace, give WordSearch Unlimited a try. This is a definite stress-buster, although that also means that it’s not too challenging. It still offers plenty of fun, though! As the name suggests, it’s a word-finding game along the lines of Boggle, Dropwords, or Wordtwist. WordSearch Unlimited also takes some cues from traditional puzzle books — you’re looking exclusively for straight-line words that appear vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. There are versions of WordSearch Unlimited available for both iOS and Android, although the game is offered by a different developer on each platform.
5. Word Brain

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This is one of those games where the fundamentals can be grasped within minutes but mastery will take years. Like a lot of word games, you find words and select them to take them off the puzzle board. What makes Word Brain different is the fact that your goal is to use up every letter tile, and each of your moves makes the remaining tiles collapse. With more than 500 puzzles available for players in each of 15 different languages, Word Brain definitely delivers plenty of challenges.

Word Brain has quickly gained a reputation for fiendish difficulty, so much so that the developers have repeatedly had to state that every level has a verified solution. Because of the constraints of the game, one wrong move will often render a level unsolvable. That means you have to carefully consider your timing as well as your word choices!

 

Another game that I will add as a bonus on this list is AbbleDabble

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This word game app is another Scrabble derivative, but this one offers you an intriguing variation. The bonus squares in AbbleDabble are not static. After each player’s move, the bonuses shift as well. This makes it much harder to strategize about collecting bonuses, and the changes affect words that have already been played, too. Playing AbbleDabble encourages faster, more impulsive play. The app also has an option to play an ordinary Scrabble-type game without its moving bonus gimmick.

 

 

Daily Tasks By Successful Parents

It goes without saying that being a parent is not an easy task, no matter how many children you may have. The job of a parent means responsibility for another life, both on a moral and financial level. When you are a parent, you actually have the ability to influence the future with all of your current actions. There are some great tips that any parent can use to help foster learning and growth for a responsibility and intelligent child.

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Always make sure that you have an open ear to listen to your child. This could be listening to your baby babbling or an older child telling you how their day went while in school. Children always want to know that you are listening, which shows them that they care. If they see that you hear them, they will be more likely to listen to you.

When you are faced with your child taking liquid medicine, be sure to ask your pharmacist all about the dosing with oral syringes, bulbs or dosing spoons instead of going with measuring cups or regular kitchen spoons. Standard measurements can hold up to three times the amount of a dosing implement, which increases the risk of upset stomach, wasted medicine or overdosing.

To treat the symptoms of flu or common cold, it is important to check the medication for active ingredients whether it is an over the counter medication or a prescription. There can be some products that will have multiple ingredients found in medications, so it is best to be safe to only use one medication unless you receive other directions from the pediatrician.

Children need to know what is expected of them on a daily basis. No child should wonder what their parents would like them to do. Show your child what they are supposed to be doing and any of the consequences that could come about from them not listening.

Talk with your child about proper eating habits, especially when it comes to family mealtimes and overeating. The rise in childhood obesity in the United States means having to have the conversation about portion sizing and snacking in between meals. When you look at the snacks that are available to your child, take into consideration getting rid of processed snacks that are loaded with sugar, sodium and unnecessary fats. Instead of having sugary beverages around the house, think about stocking up your refrigerator with bottled water that they can grab and go. Fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy and healthy grains for snacks are always good for children and their growing bodies.

While these are all great tips to keep in mind, it is important to remember that it is necessary to tweak your parenting to fit in with the needs of your family. Each child, parent and family is completely unique and it is best to come up with a daily task list that will keep all of you on track.

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