As you all know, I’m always looking for new ways to encourage my son to read and help with his spellings. As soon as Drumond Park mentioned their new game aimed at players aged 8 years and over I knew I’d found another tool for my armoury! Word Bandit is a board game which features four different word games for the whole family to enjoy.
Word Bandit consists of a game board, the Word Bandit unit, a sticker sheet, 2 playing pieces, sand timer and instructions.
Once you’ve adhered the sticker to the front of the Word Bandit unit you are ready to start the game.
You are meant to play the game in two teams but as it’s often just me and my eight year old son at home, we just played against each other, and it worked just fine.
You pick your playing piece – red or blue and place them on the red start space on the board.
The idea of the game is to be the first team to get to the finish. Sounds easy, but there are a number of obstacles along the way.
Depending on which coloured space you land you will play one of four different games on that move, giving you between one to four rows of letters on the Word Bandit unit to play with. You lower or raise the cover on the unit to show the right number of rows relating to the coloured space you land on and the other team count how many words you can make before the timer runs out. At the end of your go, you move your playing piece the same number of spaces as words made, and play moves to the other team.
If you land on a purple space, you get to use all four rows on the Word Bandit unit to find words that wind around the grid of the letters, whether the letters be next to each other, up, down or diagonal. A word can be spelt out in any direction and it’s been a great way for my son to really concentrate on finding words.
If you land on a green space you get to work with three rows on the unit, and this time you are also looking for the initials of famous people. You can use cartoon and book characters as well as actual people. My son certainly found this round a bit trickier.
Landing on a yellow space sees your option of rows drop to two. But this game is slightly easier as you are looking for words that begin with the topic mentioned on the space which could be such things as animals, clothing or sports.
If you land on a red space you have one row of letters to play with in the Words Containing game. Spin the handle and see what letters you have, then name as many words containing two of the letters shown.
You do have to beware of the Word Bandit. If he shows up on your rows, then you have one less letter to play with. But if he turns up on three wheels in a one or two row game the playing team gets another free spin.
We’ve enjoyed playing Word Bandit, and I like the element of having four different games in one. It also helps my son to know that even if he finds one game hard, there are others in the round that he might do better in. It’s challenging but lots of fun, and the sort of game that would work well with families over the holiday periods ahead. Certainly one that generations can enjoy together. No batteries required either which is always a bonus.
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