Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Scruble Cube TOS Crew Review

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   Around our house we love word games, Scrabble, Words With Friends, Boggle and Yahtzee. We also like playing around with the Rubik's Cube. So we were super excited to try out a new game that is both educational and fun that combine two of our favorites all wrapped into one cube. The Scruble Cube is a word puzzle game that combines the word challenges of scrabble and the fun puzzle challenges of the Rubik's Cube.
   Language is something my boys whom have Asperger's Syndrome both struggle with, so we are always trying to make it fun with games that incorporate spelling and language. Being a part of the TOS Crew we were given the opportunity to put the Scruble Cube to the test.

  They  were very anxious to get this in the mail and could not wait to rip it open and get started. First I needed to read the instructions which I have to say explained the game play and directions in both word format and some pictures. Which for me is wonderful as I am a very visual learner as are my kids.
So after looking over the way we word to use it and reading the tips about it sticking in some points because it is new we got to playing.


Here is how the Company describes Scruble Cube...

Scruble Cube
Scruble Cube takes some of the best known play patterns of some of the most popular word games and puzzles in history and combines them in a brand new, unique format to create the World's Greatest 3-D Word Game! "SCRUBLE Cube™ is a patent pending game with over 7.4 x 1045 (that's 7,401 septillion) possible configurations that anyone who can spell can play. Plus it comes in a highly portable format that can be played anywhere- anytime. Scruble Cube is a game AND a puzzle...on steroids!
Game set includes a 7cm cube with 96 individually rotating letters, a sand timer, scorepad and instructions.

The Scruble Cube has won many awards like Dr. Toy Winner Best New Product and Creative Child Magazine's 2010 Seal of Excellence and has been featured in many magazines and websites such as Celebrity Parents Magazine, Education News and Forbes.


  There are so many ways you can use the Scruble Cube, in play and in learning. We used the lessons from the online Press Packet that allow Scruble Cube owners the opportunity to expand on the natural fun of the product.
These lessons teach Academic Skills

Mathematics Trial & Error


Vowel Awareness

Word Building with Rimes

Math Facts

Research Skills

Mechanical Skills

Vocabulary Development Life Skills

Team Work


Problem Solving Skills

Listening Skills

Oral Communications

Strategic Thinking

Higher Level Thinking
 We even used it to have races, like how many words can you make in a set amount of time. The boys really liked that, they are very competitive. This was a healthy output for that. I loved seeing them challenge themselves to find bigger and more meaningful words after they initially became acclimated to the Scruble Cube.  The other fun thing with the Scruble Cube is not only finding long words but taking advantage of the bonus pegs like 2x Word Score. The other fun thing was that there was no Q or Z on the cube, but with using one of the two Wild Card pegs you could make a word with those letters. The boys really tried to make good use of all of the bonus pegs including the Wild Card Pegs.
  We not only used this for Language Arts time during our school day but made it a fun part of our Family Game Time, it was fun to see who scored more points the kids or the grown ups. I am embarrassed to say the kids usually scored more points and believe me when I say they do not let us forget things like that.

 The only negative I truly saw with this as it is not made to be rough and tumbled. In our house that is fine but these games are only brought out with adult supervision. Some games the boys have constant access too, so that when they need quiet time or are bored they can just grab one and start playing. Scruble Cube is not one of those games, we have added it to the ones that can only be played when we are there to over see what is going on. Boys are boys and can get a little hyper and get rowdy and I am not sure this could withstand that.
  With that being said I would not let that deter me from purchasing Scruble Cube which sells for $24.95. I would just make sure to let the kids know that is not meant to be rough with and they should treat it with respect and only use it for it's intended purpose.
You can purchase your Scruble Cube for $24.95 here at their website http://www.scrublecube.com/. You can also after many hours of family fun purchase replacements labels for the Scruble Cube for $4.95 for a complete set.  This is a wonderful asset in case your kids do get too rough or your Scruble Cube just after time shows much love and needs a makeover.

   As always do not just take my word for it please check out what my fellow TOS Crewmates are saying about the Scruble Cube

  Disclaimer: I was given  a Scruble Cube in exchange for my review as part of the TOS Crew. I was not compensated in anyway and it in no way influenced the outcome of my review.

2 thoughts shared:

Tim said...

I didn't realize your boys had aspergers. One of ours has been diagnosed with aspergers as well. We think our youngest is an aspy as well. We used our scruble cube for spelling and my aspy loved it. Great review with some great ideas.

Tim from the crew

joelle said...

Nice reviews. I got some new information from a review which is always a good thing. Stopping by from the crew.