Nab-It! is one of our favourite language games, and doubles as a "loose parts" Word Study Centre. It's a teacher pick for great design and flexibility of play: make it cooperative or competitive; follow the rules or leave out for free play; teachers can even use these great linking/stacking tiles for guided reading, or one-on-one reading support!
The letter tiles link together to build words *and* they stack, to change words already in play! The ability to lay a new letter over top of another is so important. This helps readers become phonemically flexible thinkers, who see the similarities and differences between words. FUN becomes FIN becomes PIN becomes PAN becomes PAD...
Don't keep this game on a shelf! Place all the letter tiles in a dish and practice this week's spelling words, or allow free play. Add some paper and writing utensils and you've got a whole literacy corner.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: competition is hard for kids; age 8 may be the right time to introduce competitive board games, providing an opportunity to compete without hard feelings. Like "Sorry!" this game has a stealing aspect (if played that way) which can be difficult for younger players, but is also an opportunity to learn sportsmanship.
- Nab It! game box
- 100 two-sided letter tiles (25 each of 4 colours)
- 4 grey blank tiles
- 4 letter bags
Condition: Excellent Used Condition
Ages: 3+ (small parts)
- Word work, spelling, phonemic awareness
- Cooperative / competitive play, rule following
- Procedural comprehension, in reading and following steps of play
- Creative language play